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By Austin Andre
The Jersey Panthers Varsity girls basketball team has gotten off to a great start, winning their first two games of the season.
After beating Maryville at an away game on Nov. 15, the Panthers played their first home game last Friday against the Madison Trojans.
The Panthers wasted no time in making an offensive statement within the first quarter. The Trojans managed to score two points off the Panthers defense, however, the Panthers scored 27 points within the first quarter to turn the game into a lopsided rout of the Trojans.
Despite their best efforts, the Trojans displayed poor ball control at the haste of the Panthers offense, who performed 11 steals during the game.
With the score at 27-2 in the second quarter, the Trojans looked to somehow get themselves within striking distance of the Panthers, however, this quarter set the tone for the rest of the game. The Trojans scored zero points to the Panthers 13. The bombardment of offense came off of the Panthers stellar defense, keeping the Trojans away from the free throw line and taking the ball away whenever they could.
At half time the score stood at 40-2. One would think that with such a large lead the Panthers would ease up on their rigorous defensive and offensive play, yet they played just as hard in the second half as they had done in the first. As if they were the ones down by 38 points, the Panthers remained relentless in their attempts to control and obtain the ball. The Trojans put together four points during the third quarter, but as the previous half hour had shown, it was futile as the Panthers scored 28 points. The most at any point in the game.
Now with the score at 68-6 in the fourth quarter, the Panthers eased up on their ferocity against the Trojans, who finally managed to score more points than the Panthers for the first time in the game. Scoring three points to the Panthers two. As the buzzer sounded for the last second of the game, the Trojans had been defeated a whopping 70-9 in a blow out to the Panthers.
One of the top offensive players for the Panthers was Tessa Crawford who was 8-13 in field goals during the game with an FG percentage of 61 percent, scoring 18 points total. Other notable players on offense were Meredith Gray with 14 points, Cali Breden with 10, and Ella Smith with 8. Cate Breden was also 4-4 with free throws. The Panthers are 2-0 as of writing. They faced off against the Columbia Eagles in an away game on Tuesday, but the results were not available at press time.
The Panthers will travel to Triad and play the Knights on Monday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m.