The Jefferson R-7 Girls Basketball team struggled against Herculaneum last week, suffering a 51-37 loss.
After playing dead even with Herculaneum in the first quarter, and looking at a 12-12 score heading into the second, R-7’s offense went cold and Herculaneum took full advantage of it.
While Jefferson was held to just five points, Herculaneum pushed their lead to 28-17 heading into halftime.
R-7’s offensive struggles continued into the third quarter, getting outscored 17-6 and staring down a 45-23 deficit heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Catryn Cattoor helped to ignite Jefferson’s offense in the fourth quarter, scoring six of her 12 points in the final frame. While R-7 was able to get the ball rolling, it was not enough to make a comeback and Herculaneum landed the finishing blow with a 51-37 win.
“We battled back in the 4th quarter and made it a competitive finish to the game. Herky just has too much height,” said Head Coach Zac McVey. “Even though the record doesn’t show results in terms of wins and losses, the girls have really turned a corner in their efforts these last two weeks.”
Along with Cattoor’s 12-point performance, Laney Smith led the team with 14, while Gabby Beffa added in six points.
“We did a lot of great things and kept ourselves in a game with a great team. We were prepared to break their press and be smart on offense, but our defense is what really gave us a chance,” said Catryn Cattoor.
“A huge positive against herky was that we were able to break their press. Breaking their press limited their fast breaks/transitions, which really helped us out in the end,” said Reagan Kennedy. “We played really good defense, and Catryn played amazing and was able to hold Fowler to under 10 points.”
The Lady Blue Jays will look to right the ship in their next match on the hardwood.