Jim Ellis

JAY ‹ Miami’s Lady Wardogs had a bad case of first-game jitters ‹ but the jitters came in the third quarter.

They battled from an early hole to trail Jay by only five points at the break in Tuesday’s basketball opener here.

But the Lady Bulldogs used a 19-1 salvo in the third quarter to set the tone during their 48-25 romp.

"That’s two games in a row we’ve played pretty good defensively," Jay coach

Terry Sweeney said. "We struggled to score, especially in the first half. But I am proud of the kids. They turned it up a notch in the press then things started working out. We hooked up and cruised along."

"I think we found ourselves a little surprised that things were working well in the first half," Miami coach Brian Busby said. "We did some good things. Defensively, I thought we played well in the first half. In the second half, we started out well until we looked up at the scoreboard."

Miami, playing its first game under Busby, got a free throw from Kylee Carder to make it 23-17 with 7:27 left in the third quarter.

That would be the Lady Wardogs’ only point of the quarter.

Each team scored eight points over the final eight minutes.

"They didn’t do anything spectacular defensively," Busby said.

Miami broke out to a 3-0 lead during a slow-paced first quarter on a free throw by Carder and a bucket from inside by Haiden Rowland.

The Lady Bulldogs finally got on the board with 2:27 left in the quarter on a bucket by Hannah Ritter. She then gave Jay the lead for good on layup.

The hosts led 8-3 after one quarter and each team netted 13 points in the second frame.

"Two main keys in the game were to limit our turnovers and limit the offensive rebounds," Busby said. "I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t have 40 rebounds and I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t have 40 turnovers. We showed signs that we knew what we were doing, then we go scatterbrained."

Carder had seven points to top the scoring for the Lady Wardogs. Ashlynn Waltz and Michaela Martin added four points each.

Hannah Ritter’s 18 points topped the scoring for Jay.

The Lady Bulldogs also got 12 points from Megan Ritter.