David Reeder

JAY-Things got off to a rugged start for the Jay ladies, at Bulldog Arena, Friday night, as they fell victim, in equal parts, to both themselves and the #1 rated Kansas Lady Comets. 

Shooting a frigid 2 of 12 from the floor and committing 7 turnovers, the Lady Bulldogs fell behind Kansas in the opening quarter and really never recovered. 

With a trey by Lauren Wilson, a deuce by Carrie Kirby and a free throw each from Hannah and Meagan Ritter, Jay scraped together only 7.

In the meantime, Kansas’s Kortni Kendrick and Courtney Cowan, with 6 and 5 points, respectively, joined 4 of their teammates to put 19 on the 1st quarter scoreboard. 

In the subsequent stanza, Wilson added 7 of her team high 15 points to fuel an early surge. But 5 more Jay turnovers, along with 4 Brooke Panther baskets kept the Lady Bulldogs at bay, going into the 2nd half. 

Trailing 33-20 to start the 3rd, Jay picked up 9 points from Hannah Ritter and eventually got within single digits of their opposition.

And again turnovers came back to haunt them. And while the Lady Bulldogs were mishandling the ball, Panther rolled for 9 more of her game high 21 points. 

Down by a dime, Jay was forced to foul and the Lady Comets made good on 8 of 10 attempts from the charity stripe.  With 7 more from Kendrick and 4 from Kelsey Barnwell, Kansas held off their hostesses for a 63-45 final score.

    Like the Lady Comets, the Jay boys continue to play with a hot hand. 

Fresh off of the Adair Tournament title, the Bulldogs let the Comets stay close for the 1st and 2nd periods, pulling away in the 3rd and fighting off a furious 4th quarter Kansas comeback bid. 

Knocking down 3 of their first 4 floor attempts and taking good care of the basketball, Jay took an early lead.  With his 1st four points, Chuck Larrabee joined 4 teammates to put up a dozen in the opening 8 minutes. 

Kansas, on the other hand, turned the ball over 8 times and paced by Corey Cowan’s 5, stayed close, to go into the subsequent frame trailing 12-11. 

Shooting 7 of 15 from inside the arc, the Comets scored 14 in the 2nd quarter, while Josh Ramsey scored 6 of his team high 14 points. 

After allowing the visitors to take a 13-12 lead on their first shot in the 2nd, the Bulldogs knocked down 5 of their last 6 first half attempts from the floor, maintaining their slim 1 point edge at

the break.

    Following the intermission, Jay’s Brandon Edge and Mitch Goins scored 6 each in route to the Bulldog’s best offensive period of the night.  While putting in 20 points of their own, Jay’s defense forced 5 more Kansas turnovers.

Brett Odle scored half his game’s 10 and was joined by 4 from Jared Lamont and Kendall Cochran’s trey for all of the Comet’s 3rd quarter dozen. 

Leading by 9, it appeared that the ‘Dogs might be able to go into slow down mode and cruise to certain victory.  But Kansas, and in particular senior Shawn Turtle, had other things in mind.  Turtle exploded for 14 points in the fourth to go with 5 more from Odle and 3 by Wade Lewis that saw them pull within 1 twice. 

But the Comets had to put Jay on the free-throw line.  And the Bulldogs knocked down 9 of their 13 fourth quarter free-throw attempts. 

With 6 points by Tyler Buzzard and a pair of Parker Warner buckets leading the way, Jay held off Kansas for 63-59 victory.