jma girls bball vs windsor

Senior Olivia Rhodes follows through after a free throw attempt in last week’s JMA girls win over Windsor. Rhodes led all scorers in the game with 20 points.

The John Milledge Academy girls’ basketball team made light work of its non-region opponents at home Thursday night.

The Lady Trojans continued their impressive season, blowing out the visiting Windsor Lady Knights of Macon, 58-12. The home favorites got big contributions from their entire roster as 11 different players worked their way into the scoring column.

Lady Trojans head coach Tasha Gainous was happy with how her bench performed when given extended minutes in the blowout.

“We have a deep bench, and these girls can all play,” Gainous told The Union-Recorder after Thursday’s victory. “It was nice to get them some more experience for the rest of the season.”

The Lady Trojans got off to a red-hot start as JMA senior Olivia Rhodes scored eight points in the first quarter. She finished the game with a team-high 20 points, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.

The JMA girls treated the Trojan Center crowd to a dominant first quarter as they allowed just one Windsor basket. The home team finished the opening period up 22-3.

The Trojan dominance continued in the next quarter as Rhodes added eight more points to her total. The star guard also dished out several assists and had several steals throughout the contest.  

Getting bucket after bucket, the Lady Trojans ballooned their lead to 32 by halftime as they led 38-6 over their opponents.

In the second half, the JMA bench made some noise as freshman Jordan Prestridge led the reserves with seven points on the night. Teammate Griffin McMichael also chalked up six points.

While their offense clicked all night, the Trojans also played some remarkable defense throughout. They allowed just three points in each quarter during the 46-point blowout.

Between a big first-half block from JMA senior Brayden Latimer and a plethora of steals from Rhodes, Windsor had no answer for the defensive efforts of the home favorites.

The Lady Trojans had a big road game Friday at region opponent Westfield. Prior to it, Coach Gainous called the Westfield game the biggest matchup of the year so far for her team. The JMA girls passed that test by winning 52-43, moving them to 16-2 overall on the season and 3-0 in region play. 

The team will try to keep that hot play rolling Tuesday at Bethlehem Christian Academy in a 6 p.m. start time.

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