WEST PORTSMOUTH-The South Webster Lady Jeeps took an early lead against the Portsmouth West Lady Senators and never looked back on Monday.
Both teams came out looking to push the pace on and establish their defensive game plans early. The Lady Jeeps looked to pressure the West Portsmouth defense with crisp ball movement and jump shooting. Lady Jeep Ellie Jo Johnson accounted for eights of the lady jeeps 16 first quarter points.
The Lady Senators refused to quit and fought through the adversity. Portsmouth West relied on its tough defense and active rebounding to claw their way back. They intercepted passes and forced hurried shots from the lady jeeps. Madison Compton lead the way on offense with four first quarter point for the Senators.
After one quarter the lady jeeps were leading 16-5.
Heading into the second quarter South Webster began to take over on the offensive side. The lady jeeps continued to put the pressure on the lady senators moving the ball around and hitting open jumpers or driving the lane and forcing the senators to foul. Avery Zempter had the hot hand and scored 6 of the lady jeeps 9 second quarter points
The lady jeeps rolled into half leading the Portsmouth senators 25-9.
Coming back from the half, Portsmouth West looked to establish an inside threat early in the third. The lady jeeps were up to the challenge though and held the Senators to just one point in the third quarter
With Five minutes to go in the third, the Lady Jeeps went back on the attack. Led by the passing from No. 24 Madison Cook, South Webster began to run away from the Senators. Avery Zempter continued to have a good game and scored four points in the third as The Lady Jeeps pushed their lead.
After three quarters the Lady Jeeps led 33-10.
Entering the fourth the lady senators refused to go out quietly and led by Jordyn Swords 6 points they chipped away at the Lady jeeps lead. Portsmouth west continued to fight for every loose ball and drive into the lane to put the Lady jeeps defense on their heels. The lady Senators continued to drive the lane and force the Jeeps to foul. Makayla White proved to be a problem for the jeep as she forced the lady jeeps to foul her on numerous occasions. She was five of six from the foul line. But the early proved to be too much, and as the minutes ticked away
South Webster’s defense took over and forced late turnovers that put the game further out of reach from the senators. After four South Webster rolled to a 45-26 victory.
“I’m proud of our girls and the roles they played out there tonight,” said South Webster Coach Kirstie Johnson.
The South Webster Lady Jeeps will look to keep their momentum going into their next game against Vinton County High School on Thursday.
“We didn’t come out ready to execute, ready to do the things we do and our effort wasn’t there. That falls on my shoulders, that’s my job to prepare them to play and tonight just wasn’t one of those night,” said Lady Senators coach Jason Cleator.
Cleator saw some good things in the tough fought game tonight.
“Late we finally started offensively doing some things we needed to do we just waited three and a half quarters to do it. Up until this point we’ve been playing a whole lot better than this, this is one of those night you learn from and forget about.”
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S.Webster 16 25 33 45
West Portsmouth 5 9 10 26
South Webster: Zempter-17, Johnson-9, Hadinger-4, Blanton-4, Montegry-2, Russle-2, Stephens-2, Cox-2, Cook 2, Watson-1.
West Portsmouth: Swords-9, White-8, Compton-8, Sissel- 1