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January 31, 2013

JMA splits hard-fought games at Westminster

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Lady Trojans sailed to victory through some outstanding defensive play Tuesday night on the road against the Westminster Wildcats. 

Forcing many turnovers kept the Wildcats from scoring and gave the Trojans the opportunities they needed. Sophomore point guard Kelsey Chambers had a fantastic night, leading the team with 17 points and eight steals. Mollie Ritchie, senior, was all over the boards and came away with another double-double — 10 points and 10 rebounds. Ritchie has achieved a double-double in every game since Christmas, except two. 

Sophomore Hannah Miller had a hot hand from deep and scored seven points for the team, while senior Kristin McCoy and junior Sydney NeSmith each had two points. Junior Kate Giddens managed to put one point in the books, but, according to Coach Natasha Gainous, she “played an excellent game defensively.”

Gainous said the team’s defensive play was very important. 

“Defense was key for us tonight,” she said. “Anytime you can hold a team to only 12 points you have a pretty good chance of winning the game.” 

Gainous also said next week’s game will be a big one. 

“It's our last regular season home game. We have Augusta Prep, who are right behind us in region rankings, so we need to get in here and contain their point guard, and if we can do that I think we'll come out with another win.”

The JMA varsity boys team played hard and played well against a highly-ranked Westminster team. JMA was leading at the half and expecting perhaps another easy win. But that's when the Wildcats decided to unsheathe the claws and put up a fight. 

The entire second half Westminster was nipping at JMA's heels. With one minute to go in the game, JMA had a chance to win but couldn't capitalize on the opportunity. In overtime, one or two costly JMA turnovers gave the Wildcats the chance they needed. Westminster scored twice in overtime, but the Trojans were unable to find the net. 

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