jma girls bball vs westminster

The JMA girls tied a season-best effort Friday when they allowed Westminster to score only 20 points in the Region 4-AAA meeting. It marked the fourth time this season the Lady Trojans had held an opponent in the 20s. 

The Lady Trojans of JMA (10-1 overall, 2-0 region) exuded confidence Friday night when they welcomed the Westminster Lady Wildcats to the Trojan Center.

They earned their second region win in two tries after defeating the visitors 47-20 in a solid all-around effort.

The opening quarter of play for the Lady Trojans seemed to go according to plan, as they meticulously stretched their lead out to 10-0. Excellent ball movement on offense consistently resulted in good looks inside for both Brayden Latimer and Sutton Eady.  Meanwhile on defense, a stifling full-court press provided solid looks in transition as Olivia Rhodes was able to steal the ball and finish on the other end on more than one occasion. 

Westminster found some offense in the final minute of the opening quarter however, and cut the Trojan lead down to 12-5.

This would be short-lived for the visiting side as JMA was able to get right back to where they left off. Eady continued to dominate in the post while Latimer showed her defensive prowess, earning consecutive blocks on sequential possessions.

Rhodes continued to break up the passing lanes, often pushing the ball the length of the floor before finding an open teammate such as Taylor Prestridge for easy transition points from the outside. 

The full-court flow for the Lady Trojans would only come to a close due to the halftime break in which they returned to their lockers with a significant 20-8 lead.

The second half consisted of much of the same sort of play by the Lady Trojans, as they simply stuck to what was already working.

Maggie Prestwood got involved in the offense as she knocked down a three from deep to get the ball rolling for her side. Rhodes continued to utilize active hands on defense to wreak havoc, while the combined post play on both ends of the floor by Latimer and Eady made it nearly impossible for the opposition to compete.

The John Milledge girls would finish their most offensive quarter of the night ahead 37-13, scoring a whopping 17 points to Westminster's five. 

The final period of play simply solidified what was already a foregone conclusion as the Lady Trojans ticked the clock away with excellent ball movement on the offensive end to avoid any fouling by the opposition. When it was all said and done, the John Milledge walked away with the well-fought victory by a final score of 47-20.

The Lady Trojans are off from competition until Friday when they are set to travel to Bethlehem Christian Academy for another region ballgame. They will be back on their home floor Saturday versus Trinity Christian.

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