After a hard fought 51-21 loss against a tough West County team, the Jefferson girls’ basketball team turned around and won a nail-biting 46-40 game over Valle.
“We played a much better game this time against West County,” said head coach Zac McVey. “The girls had a tremendous effort on defense. Catryn Cattoor limited all state forward Dori McRaven to 8 points. West County is a state ranked team and play like it, so I was pleased with the effort and attitude of the girls. Even though we lost, there were positives to take away from tonight.”
Looking at a 31-9 deficit after halftime, the Blue Jays held West County to just nine third quarter points while holding McRaven scoreless.
While Jefferson held West County to another nine points in the final eight minutes of play, the Blue Jays offense had troubles picking up; after getting points from Morgan Fuller, Catryn Cattoor, Riley Jackson, and Peyton Weiler, R-7 faced the 51-21 loss.
“The score of the West County game looks rough, but it took a lot to keep a team like that under 60 points. My team has come a long way since the last time we played them,” said Catryn Cattoor.
The very next day, Jefferson pulled out a close game thanks in part to late free-throws made by Cattoor and PeytonWeiler.
The Blue Jay’s Laney Smith and Weiler led the way offensively, scoring game highs of 20 and 17 points, respectively.
Smith got out to a hot start, scoring 10 of the team’s 14 first quarter points while Jefferson’s defense held Valle to just five points in the opening eight minutes.
It was much the same in the second quarter with R-7’s offense continuing to shine while their defense held Valle to single digits once again and took the 27-14 lead heading into the break.
The script flipped in the third quarter; Valle’s offense taking the lead after an 18 point quarter, backed by a combined 13 points from Mia Weiler and Fowler. While Valle’s offense finally caught fire, the Blue Jay’s offense was held to just three points from Smith as Jefferson faced a 34-30 deficit heading into the final minutes of the game.
It would be the Blue Jay’s free-throws that saved them in the end, getting 12 made from the charity stripe from Cattoor and Jackson. Those free-throws would help Jefferson secure the 46-40 win.
“Though we had a tough loss against West County we brought the energy and defense into the Valle game,” said Reagan Kennedy. “We pushed ourselves in the West County game which helped us into making good decisions and having good energy in the Valle game.”
“The Valle game was a great win. We got up early and didn’t let Valle’s late comeback scare us. It was nice to finish our tournament on a high note,” said Catryn Cattoor.