The JHS basketball teams opened play in the Adair Invitational Monday night with a convincing sweep of the Okay Mustangs. The Lady Bulldogs (2-1) won their feature by a 55-14 margin while the Bulldogs (1-2) took a 75-34 final.
Chance Tuder, a senior post, led the Bulldog scorers with 16 points on the night.
“We took advantage of what we have, which is some size in the paint,” said Bulldog Head Coach Wes Hayes. “Our last two games we’ve not converted in the paint. We challenged our guys to step up tonight and they did.”
Josh Ramsey, with 12 points, and Kris Toppah, with 11, rounded out the double digit scorers for Jay. Mitch Goins added six points and Brandon Edge put in five.
The Bulldogs took a 35-22 lead into the break and outscored the Mustangs 40-12 in the second half while clearing the bench for most of the fourth quarter.
“I thought we were pretty strong on the defensive end,” said Hayes. “And we did a good job on the boards.”
The win was especially satisfying for the team after they opened the season with two tough losses.
“We wanted to start the right way,” said Hayes. “We’re coming off two losses and I feel like we should have competed better. It’s amazing how things will go your way when the ball is going in the hole.”
The Lady Bulldogs tournament opener could be described as a light workout. Jay held a 22-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and most of the starters retired to the bench at that point. The Lady Mustangs didn’t break into double digits on the scoreboard until there were less than five minutes left to play in the game.
Sam Robertson was the high scorer with eight points. Kelsey Budder and Chrissy Sherwood each put in six. Hannah Ritter and Jessica Greer landed five points while Laura Tanner and Brandi Littledave each scored four.
The Jay teams will continue in winner’s bracket play Thursday night when each team will play the respective winners of the Wyandotte/Claremore-Sequoyah set.