David Reeder

Things did not start well for either the Lady Bulldogs or their male counterparts against Vinita at Bulldog Arena Friday night.

In the ladyís contest, Vinita started out with a hot offensive hand by knocking down their first five shots from the field and forcing the Lady Bulldogs to call a quick time out. But that would do little to slow the Lady Hornet offense. And by the time the opening quarter concluded, Vinita had shot eight of 10 field goals and four of eight from beyond the arc.

Seniors Kelby Fritz and Tosha Tyler, with 10 and eight points respectively led the Lady Hornetsí 29 first quarter points. Jayís Hannah Ritter scored five of her teamís first 15 points.

Trailing by 14 to start the second the Lady Bulldogs struggled with a two of 10 effort from the floor to go with 11 turnovers and a 10-5 disparity on the boards.

Tyler put in eight more of her game high 18 points for Vinita as Ritterís 5 of 5 free throws (8 of 8 in the game) highlighted Jayís 11 point quarter.

After getting doubled up 52-26 in the first half, the Lady Bulldogs took better care of the ball to start the next. But despite handling the ball with more care Jay shot an anemic three of 15 from the floor to score only eight in the third.

Vinita continued to dominate on rebounds and stretched their lead with 14 of their own. With the Lady Hornets on top by 32 and only eight minutes to play, both teams went to their benches for the reminder of the 76-52 affair.

Ashley Shrum led Jayís scoring with 13 on the night.

In the subsequent boysí contest Jay suffered through the same first period offensive doldrums that had plagued the girls earlier. Scoring on only a pair of Jeremiah Daugherty 3-pointers and a pair of Chuckie Larrabee free throws, the Bulldogs could only scrape together eight.

Meanwhile, five Hornets got together to double up their hosts 16-8.

In the second quarter Jay held the Hornet offense to only eight points. But the Bulldogs were only able to cut into the lead by a single tally to go into the break trailing 24-17.

The Hornets came out of the halftime dressing room and their offense caught fire. Knocking down six of their first seven floor attempts as a team, freshman Jake Bullard scored 15 of his teamís 26 third quarter points.

Shooting two of 14 from the floor and five of seven from the charity stripe, the Bulldogs found themselves going into the final frame trailing 50-24.

Daugherty picked up seven of his team high 11 points to go with five from Chris Toppah and four by Seth Hudson as Jay had itís most productive quarter of the game.

But Vinita senior Dee Willis put in 9 of 10 free throws to go with two buckets for 11 of his game high 25 points. Willisís 11 accounted for half of Vinitaís 22 fourth quarter points which was more than enough to hold of the Bulldogs, 72-53.