Off to the best start since the 2013-14 season, the Jefferson County North girls’ basketball team continued their hot start to the season Tuesday night taking down Jackson Heights 41-29 in Winchester.
The Chargers, now 8-0 and ranked sixth according to this week’s KBCA poll, got off to a quick start leading 14-7 after the first quarter before holding the Cobras to just 2 points in the second to take a 20-9 lead into halftime.
JCN’s lead extended to 15 points after three quarters and to 17 early in the fourth, but Jackson Heights made a run to pull back within 10 points with 90 seconds to play.
The Chargers, though, made the plays down the stretch with senior Julie Schrick going 4-of-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to ice the game.
JCN sits alone at the top of the Northeast Kansas League standings with a perfect 7-0 record in league play, and off the win travels to Oskaloosa Friday night.
Jackson Heights (3-4) sits in a tie for fifth with Maur Hill-Mount Academy with the loss, and will host Horton Friday on KNZA 103.9 FM.
Jefferson County North: Annabelle Vaught – 13, Ravyn Jobbins – 7, Jentry Seichepine – 6, Josie Weishaar – 6, Julie Schrick – 4, Kaitlyn Schneider – 3, Madison Vaught – 2.
Jackson Heights: Kylie Dohl – 13, Shelby Zule – 4, Trinity McMahon – 4, Abby Williams – 3, Hannah Williams – 2, Sydney Raborn – 2, Alexis Rieschick – 1.
Last Friday night, JCN junior Boston Lane delivered a 29 point performance in an overtime win on the road at Maur Hill-Mount Academy.
Tuesday night Lane delivered another memorable performance, pouring in 27 points as the Chargers took down Jackson Heights 54-47.
Things didn’t start great for the Chargers and Lane, as Jackson Heights jumped out to a quick 10-3 lead four minutes into the first quarter. JCN weathered the quick start by the Cobras, though, as Lane buried two key 3-pointers late in the quarter to keep the Chargers within striking distance at 18-11 after the first.
The Cobras then went cold in the second quarter scoring just 5 points in the frame, and JCN took a 24-23 lead into halftime behind 6 points from senior Braden Schneider in the quarter.
The game went back-and-forth in the third quarter with JCN jumping out to a quick 5 point lead to start, while the Cobras battled back each time to make it a 2 point game heading into the fourth quarter.
Jackson Heights then went cold again in the fourth quarter and Lane connected on five free throws in the final stanza to put the game away.
The win put JCN in sole possession of first place in the Northeast Kansas League as the only team with a perfect league record at 7-0.
The Chargers (8-1, 7-0) will put that undefeated NEKL mark on the line Friday night at Oskaloosa, while Jackson Heights (5-2) hosts Horton.
Jefferson County North: Boston Lane – 27, Braden Schneider – 10, Brayden Summers – 6, Brysen Weishaar – 5, Joel Abel – 4, Bryce Fowler – 2.
Jackson Heights: Wyatt Olberding – 15, Braden Dohl – 10, Mason Hamilton – 6, Lane Thomas – 6, Mason Thomas – 5, Brady Holliday – 5.