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NORTH VERNON — Jennings County dropped its opening game of the girls basketball season 80-51 against Scottsburg.

The Panthers struggled in the first and third quarters, failing to match Scottsburg’s scoring prowess, as the visitors averaged 20 points per quarter. The home team managed only eight points in the first quarter and nine in the third, which combined with a 41-6 Panther turnover margin to sink the team from North Vernon.

Jennings County played better in Quarters 2 and 4, managing to keep up with Scottsburg in the even periods.

Both teams were outstanding from the free throw line. Scottsburg was 28 of 33, with 10 of 12 provided by Ashley Elliott. The Panthers were a prolific 13 of 15 from the free-throw line, led by Kristen Biggs’ perfect 5 of 5.

Biggs was the high scorer for the Panthers, scoring 15 points until fouling out late in the third quarter. Center Emma Campbell provided the Panthers’ first six points of the game on 3-of-3 shooting in the post but was double-teamed by Scottsburg from that point. Campbell was unable to get off another shot until her putback of an offensive rebound in the third.

Emily Ertel asserted herself defensively late in the game, scoring and drawing free throws late for all but two of her six points. Baylee Krueger provided a spark off the bench to drop in two from 3-point range on her way to 10 points.

Scottsburg’s athletic trio of Elliott (22 points), point guard Jillian Romero (16 points), and center Katie Wampler (17 points) were all the scoring their team needed. Scottsburg has a short bench, and no substitutes were inserted until late in the third period, when the game was in hand.

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