By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent
Jacksonville High put two players in double figures on the way to the 34-27 win over Etowah on Tuesday (Dec. 15) in Attalla.
The story of the game was the Lady Blue Devils’ cold shooting.
Etowah head coach Ryan Fore was not pleased about his team’s lack of offense.
“We out-shot them 2-to-1 but just could not get our shots to drop. We were 3-of-24 in the first half and only about 8-of-30 in the second. If you hold a team to 34 points like we did tonight, you should win.”
Jacksonville held a 16-7 lead after two quarters of play. The two teams swapped buckets during the third quarter, with Jacksonville holding a 23-14 after 24 minutes.
Things heated up down the stretch, however, with Gabby Williams getting the hot hand in pouring in 11 of her game-high 19 points in the final eight of play.
The Lady Blue Devils cut the Jacksonville lead to 28-24 late in the game, but the Lady Golden Eagles held on for the seven-point win.
Kyra Williams scored 13 points and Dasia Kirksey added 11 for the visitors.
“You can’t win a ball game without making shots,” said Fore. “Defense is what we usually rely on, and giving up 34 points, you’re supposed to win the game.”