There’s not a better feeling to start a season than getting a big home victory to kick off a successful year. That’s exactly what the Portsmouth West Lady Senators were able to do Monday night in route to a 59-27 home season opener victory over Ironton St. Joes.
“Anytime you can get a win to start the year, that kind of reassures you in some of the things you’ve been working on and it kind of lets the kids know that this will work if we do it,” said Lady Senators head coach Jason Claytor, “We got some pretty good effort from quite a few kids. It’s definitely a confidence booster with a big one coming up on Thursday with Northwest.”
The Lady Senators jumped out to an early lead thanks to the defensive and rebounding efforts of junior Morgan Rigsby, and the offensive complementary play by senior Jordyn Swords, junior Emily Sissel, and freshman Abby Adkins.
“Morgan’s a kid that only had five points tonight,” said Claytor, “But when I stat it, she probably had 16 or 17 rebounds and four or five steals, and she just finds the ball, that’s what she does. Abby Adkins and Jordyn Swords both shot the ball well, Eden Cline shot the ball well too, she had two threes. Jordyn’s capable of doing that, being able to spread the floor for us. Emily Sissel came out and struggled a little bit early. But once she settled down a little bit, she started shooting the ball well. She was getting in the lane kind of when she wanted, and that’s when she’s at her best, getting into the lane. When we get kids in the lane, we attack that by making defenses collapse, and if we’re able to kick it out from that, I like our odds.”
Entering the halftime break, West took a 29-9 lead into the locker room.
Coming out of the break, the Lady Senators found more success on the offensive end while being able to rotate their starters and rotation players in and out of the game for the majority of the second half.
West went on to outscore the Lady Flyers 30-18 in the second half in route to their 59-27 victory, one that will surely help them prepare for their first conference game of SOC II play when the Northwest Mohawks visit them on Thursday evening.
“It sounds bad when you only give up 27 points, but I think our half court defense has to get better. Player movement needs to get better as well. So we have some stuff that we’ll refresh on when we film tomorrow and get that worked out for Thursday.”
West was led in scoring by Sissel who had 18 points, Swords who added 10, as well as Cline and Leah Bolton who each added eight points apiece.
Portsmouth 42 @ Ironton 38
In her coaching debut at Portsmouth, Lady Trojans head coach Amy Hughes helped guide her team to a big road win over rival Ironton Monday night. The Lady Trojans trailed Ironton 16-2 after the first quarter but would go on a 40-22 run in the final three quarters to steal a road victory over their OVC rival in Hughes’ debut on the sidelines. The Trojans leading scorer, senior Jasmine Eley, dropped 25 in her team’s season opening win. Freshman Nia Trinidad added eight points to her team’s total, as well as Hannah Hughes adding six, five of which were scored in the second quarter. The Lady Trojans will next travel to Beaver to face the Eastern (Pike) Eagles on Thursday.
Glenwood 43 @ Rock Hill 29
Two days following their season opener loss to South Webster on Saturday, the Glenwood Lady Tigers pulled off a big road win over Rock Hill Monday night 43-29. Freshman Kenzie Whitley and junior Lexus Oiler each contributed fourteen points to their team’s total of 43 in their win Monday.
Glenwood head coach Kayla Wiley was very impressed with the defensive effort her team gave that propelled them to their first win of the year.
“The defensive effort tonight from all nine of our players helped get us the win. It was the difference and turning point of the game… We are improving in our games and starting to get more comfortable with each other on the floor.”
The Lady Tigers will next host Symmes Valley on Thursday in their conference opener of the 2018-19 season.
Raceland 64 @ Green 38
The Green Lady Bobcats opened their season with a home loss to the Raceland (KY) Monday night 64-38. Freshman Kasey Kimbler led Green in scoring with 19 points, while sophomore Kimberly Brown added eight points to her teams total.
Green will next host Clay on Thursday night in their first conference game of the young season.