JOHNSBURG - In what was promised to be a competitive game between league rivals Minerva\Newcomb and Johnsburg, the Jaguars handed the Mountaineers a severe 34-15 loss Dec. 16.
Several games ago at home, the Mountaineers only lost to the Jaguars by three points. This week, however, they faced a new team fueled to win despite the lose of starting senior point guard Kelsey Williford. She suffered an ankle injury in the first few minutes of a contest against Bolton last Monday.
Despite the game's relative low score, the Jaguars came away from the first huddle with strong defense and a press that baffled the Mountaineers.
Johnsburg head coach Frank Dower pulled junior varsity players Kayla Williford and Rachel Dunkley up for the game. Kayla Williford, kept her head on the varsity level and filled the shoes of her sister to lead the team at point guard. She finished the contest with five points.
Keri Cleveland and Mikayla Glode did most of the scoring for Johnsburg and had strong all-around games. Cleveland collected 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals, while Glode had 10 points from down low, eight rebounds and four steals.
Deidra Palmatier's six points led the Mountaineers and was followed by Charli Egli's four. Egli collected 14 steals mostly on break aways, but struggled to capitalize on the opportunities.
The first half's play was quick and both teams hit the locker room with the score at 13-8. Johnsburg, however, returned from half-time and dominated the scoreboard on a 21-7 run. This win puts their record at 3-5 overall.
"Our defense was great and our press worked like we planned it to," Dower said.
Kelsey Williford is expected to return to the floor for the next scheduled game, he said.