OA/JCD box score

It is one of the toughest gyms in the area for opposing teams to play.

And Friday night was not any different for the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles.

The Class A, No. 10 ranked Lady Eagles had their hands full with the host Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters.

The Lady Eagles emerged 41-33 winners, despite a gutsy effort by the Lady Twisters.

“We had an off shooting night and still came away with a victory,” JCD head coach Scott Smith said. “The seniors really stepped up tonight and we also got big nights out of Kiersten (Young) and Kaylin (Ploeger).”

On the other end of the floor, Oldenburg Academy head coach was disappointed with the loss, but happy with his team’s progress.

“We are still playing catch-up from a long volleyball season,” OA head coach Max Whaley said. “We need to take better care of the basketball and play smarter.

“But I thought we played hard and that’s important,” he added.

Oldenburg tried to slow down the tempo of play in the first half and that could have had an effect on the JCD shooting woes. In turn, it burned time off the clock and allowed Oldenburg to keep the game close.

Jac-Cen-Del scored the final six points of the first quarter to take a 9-4 lead at the first break.

Oldenburg bounced back to keep it a six point game until midway point in the second quarter.

The Lady Eagles were able to extend the lead to 21-11 by halftime.

The Jac-Cen-Del lead remained at 10 points until Oldenburg went on a little run to cut it to seven with one minute to play in the third quarter. Kendra Getz hit a 3-pointer from near the top of the key to make it 29-22.

Jac-Cen-Del answered with 3-pointers by Abby Lauber and Young to take a 35-22 lead into the fourth quarter.

The patience on offense began work for the Lady Twisters as a few shots fell from the perimeter. Amanda Dickman, who was hampered with foul trouble most of the night, scored on back-to-back field goals and trimmed the JCD lead to 39-33 with 3:07 to play in the game.

But that would be as close as they would get.

An uncontested field goal by Lauber under the basket put the game out of reach at 41-33.

The Lady Eagles were led in scoring by Lauber and Young with 11 points apiece, while Einhaus added eight. Ploeger came off the bench to score six points on three field goals.

Dominika Roberts scored a team-high 13 points for the Lady Twisters followed by 10 from Dickman. Getz was third with eight points.

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