The Jewell varsity girls had an easy time with C.S. Lewis Academy Tuesday night, crushing the Watchmen 51-15. The Jays' tough defense caused C.S. Lewis to turn over the ball eight times in the first quarter, often not allowing the Watchmen to advance the ball past the half-court line.
"We try to pressure people, especially when they don't have good ball handlers," said Jewell head coach Mark Fick. "They played like a team tonight. They really worked hard, moved the ball and hustled. Things are starting to come together for them," Fick added. The Jays are now 8-4 on the season, 1-1 in league play.
Leading the Jays were senior Angel Ulm and junior Jeannie DiMaggio with 11 points each. DiMaggio also had 11 rebounds. Junior Thai Curtis had 10 points for the Jays, while sophomore Randi Harhart and freshman Alexa Armstrong both had 10 rebounds.
Fick was particularly pleased with Curtis who has been sidelined with illness. "Thai's been sick and tonight she came out and played a really good game. It's good to have her back," Fick said.
While they played well, the Jewell boys couldn't handle senior Drew Littlefield of C.S. Lewis, losing a close game to the Watchmen, 54-50. Littlefield was the high scorer of the game with 24, but Jewell freshman Ryan Harhart scored 18, and kept the Jays in the game during the fourth quarter.
"We were playing with heart tonight," said Harhart following the game. "We've been improving all season. Three weeks ago we would have crumbled in the fourth quarter in a game like tonight, but today we fought back. C.S. Lewis is ranked second in our league and is 3-0 in league play. I know that we can beat them when we meet them again on their home court," he said.
Jewell's young team, coached by Adam Decker, is just 1-2 in league play, but players like Harhart, and sophomores Luke Swearingen (eight points) and Donald Tate (eight points) continue to hone their skills and make the team fun to watch. Team leader, senior Josh Stahly, scored 14 points Tuesday.
"Our hard work is starting to pay off," said Harhart. "Tonight we only missed one free throw. The whole team is contributing; there are no individuals. I just want to improve and get better. We need some wins to make it to districts and the state playoffs though."