Things started well for both the Jay Bulldogs and the Lady Bulldogs, Saturday night at J.O Jones Gymnasium. And thing stayed that way for the former and, as things have a way of happening against Kansas, they changed drastically for the latter.
In the Lady’s contest, Sam Robertson nailed six, to go with five from Lauren Wilson to take control of the opening quarter.
Shooting four of 14 from the floor and uncharacteristically turning the ball over seven times, the Lady Comets found themselves trailing 18-15.
But the second period would prove disastrous for the Jay girls.
Turning the ball over 11 times and shooting two of seven from the field, the Lady Bulldogs put up only five points.
Conversely, the Kansas girls beat their guests 10-3 on rebounds and on the strength of Brooke Panther’s five buckets in the paint, the Lady Comets put 20 points on the board for a 35-23 halftime advantage.
Going 0 for 6 from inside the arc, the Lady Bulldogs got shots by Ashley Shrum, Hannah Ritter and Kelby Budder from beyond for the bulk of Jay’s 14 third stanza points.
But six more Lady ’Dog turnovers opened up the Kansas offense. Kelsey Barnwell, who scored 11 in the first half, added seven more of her game high 20 points in the third, extending the Lady Comet lead to 16.
Down 53-37 to start the fourth, Jay endeavored to cut into the Comet lead. With five apiece from Budder, Ritter and Wilson, the Lady Bulldogs put together their best offensive segment of the night.
But with four from Kortni Kendrick and a final trey from Courtney Baker and Barnwell, the Lady Comets scored 15 more to win by nine.
The Kansas Comet offense continued to be their Achilles Heel, in Saturday’s matchup with Jay.
Josh Ramsey put in eight of his game high 16 for half of the Bulldog’s opening period points.
Kansas shot three of 10 from the field and three for four free throw attempts, to trail 16-9.
After turning the ball over eight times in the first quarter, the Comets did it seven more times in the next. And while Jay doubled them up on the boards, Tyler Buzzard put in five to join five teammates for 14 more points before the break.
Kansas’s team high scorer, Tyler Lankston got five of their second segment nine, to give the Bulldogs a 30-18 lead.
Following the break, the teams continued to go in completely different directions. The Comets suffered through another half a dozen turnovers to go with a two of 10 shooting from the floor and only four points.
Chance Tuder and Ramsey scored five each in the middle to go with four by Cedrick Glass accounting for the Bulldog’s best offensive quarter. Midway through the fourth and leading by 24, Jay Coach Wes Hayes called off the ‘Dogs and went to his bench to close out the 58-29 final.