NORTH VERNON — Jennings County won its fourth straight girls varsity basketball game Tuesday after crushing Waldron 50-18.
The Panthers opened their season with a loss, but since then, coach Carrie Manowitz’s squad has used a combination of solid defense and patient offense to keep things rolling in the positive direction.
The hosts wasted little time in taking command of the contest, outscoring the Mohawks 11-2 in the first period and never looking back, as they increased their advantage to 27-7 at intermission.
Sophomore Sydney Kirchner put Jennings on the board with a jumper at the 5:35 mark in the opening frame, only to be answered at the other end with a layup by Waldron’s Heather Schuneman. The Panthers then reeled off the next nine points, including a 3-pointer by senior Kirsten Biggs, to close the first quarter.
After misfiring on more than a dozen attempts, including their first six in the first two minutes, the Mohawks found things to be just as frustrating in the second frame as turnovers and the Panthers’ scrappy defense put them even deeper in a hole.
Biggs, who paced Jennings with nine first-half points and 13 for the game, drove the lane for a scoop shot early in the second period to push the lead to 15-2 and Katie Wilson followed with a putback bucket and free throw to make things 18-2 before the Mohawks connected on just their second field goal of the contest.
“We’ve been on the other side, so we know how they feel,” Manowitz said. “But I think our girls were a little too nice. We played some pretty good defense for a while, but we gave up way too many shots and offensive rebounds.”
Biggs was backed up by Baylee Krueger with six points and six rebounds, while Wilson also had six points, along with five rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists.
The guests continued their ice-cold offensive output in the second half, scoring just two more points in the third quarter, while the Panthers continued to attack on both ends of the floor, pushing the lead to as large as 36 before turning on the cruise control in the final minutes.
“It’s nice to win (four straight),” Manowitz said. “We still have things to work on.”
Late shot sinks Lancers
EDINBURGH — Kori Biehl knocked down a 15-foot jump shot with six seconds remaining to lift Knightstown to a come-from-behind 55-54 win against host Edinburgh.
The Lancers led by as many as 19 points late in the third quarter, but fell victim to their own mistakes with nine costly turnovers in the final period. Over the final 5 1/2 minutes, the Panthers outscored Edinburgh 16-6.
Maile Cox led the Lancers with 16 points, while Emma Westerfeld added 12. Jennifer Stinson, who averages 16 points, was held to seven, but posted a game-high 18 rebounds.
Owls struggle in home loss
BLOOMINGTON — One of the better teams on Seymour’s girls basketball schedule, Bloomington South, made a trip to Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium on Tuesday night, and the Panthers left with an undefeated record still intact with a 46-30 win against the Owls.
Offensively, through five games, this was the Owls’ worst shooting night of the year.
“(The Panthers) did a good job with their length and quickness of keeping us out of the paint and really taking us out of what we wanted to do,” Owls coach Jason Longmeier said.
“I thought we had some good shots on point but just didn’t make them. We didn’t do a good job of taking what they gave us, and we had some other opportunities to get in there and get some good looks.
“Also, we had a lot of standing around in our motion offense tonight, and we have to get better movement.”
The Panthers jumped out to an 11-7 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
In the second quarter, Seymour’s Maci Lubker knocked down a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 18-12. Lubker hit another 3-pointer in the quarter to make it 22-16. The Panthers closed out the quarter by scoring the final three points to lead 25-16 at halftime.
To start the third quarter, the Owls got off to a quick start as Abby Thompson hit two 3-pointers and Sidney Carr had a steal and layup at the 4:56 mark to cut the Panthers’ lead to 27-24. Bloomington South then scored four-straight points, but Carr made another basket to make it 31-26. The Panthers closed out the quarter on a 5-0 run to lead 36-26.
The Owls hurt themselves in the second half with turnovers.
“You can’t travel with the basketball at this level,” Longmeier said. “We have to figure out a way, and we are inexperienced at some points, but we are five games in. I didn’t think we were in the attack mode tonight, and I thought we let them bring it to us instead of us taking it to them. I thought when we took it to them, we got them in foul trouble, but we got away from that in the second half.”
The Owls only hit two field goals in the fourth quarter and were outscored 10-4.
The Panthers won the battle of the boards, 30-25, and Carr led the Owls with nine. Carr also led Seymour with eight points.
As for the Panthers, Lexi Ingram had 14 points, and Lauren Whitlatch added 13.
“They are going to be one of the better teams we play for a while,” Longmeier said. “They have three kids that can flat play, and they are a very solid team around them. We feel we have done enough in the games to be there, but we are just going to have to find a way to win these games.”
The Owls fell to 2-3 on the year and Thursday will play host to county rival Brownstown Central.