JEWELL — The Jewell girls basketball team moved into a first place tie in the Casco League, with a 27-15 win Tuesday night over Falls City.

Jewell won the game with its usual strong defensive pressure, forcing 31 turnovers. Gabi Morales and Haley Norman had seven steals apiece and Emma Guillen added five thefts for the Lady Jays.

Jewell overcame a scoreless second quarter by outscoring Falls City 19-4 in the second half.

“Both teams played scrappy, hard defense, in a very physical game on both sides,” said Jewell coach Mark Fick. “And fortunately Jewell came out on top.”

Morales led Jewell with 14 points, Guillen had six and Norman finished with five.

Both teams came in with 2-0 league records. Now 3-0, Jewell can move into first place by itself with a win Thursday over Perrydale, also 3-0.

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