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Jackson Heights Girls Run the NEKL Table
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports
02/24/2021

For the second straight season, the Jackson Heights girls captured the Northeast Kansas League title, but this year finished it off with a perfect 14-0 record following a 46-37 victory at home Tuesday night against ACCHS, who finished 14-2 in the league with another loss in the fourth quarter against the Cobras. 

Returning just one starter from a 20-3 season and inserting three sophomores into the varsity lineup, Jackson Heights hasn't missed a beat, or lost a game since the season started with a 59-44 setback against Royal Valley. After falling one game short of returning to the state tournament last year in Class 2A, the Lady Cobras earned the top seed in their 1A Sub-State this year and will take a 18-1 record into the semifinals next week.  

Similiar to the first meeting in Effingham, Jackson Heights was playing catch-up in the second half on senior night Tuesday trailing 26-17 at intermission. The Cobras took their first lead of the game 31-30 on a trey by Kanyon Olberding with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter. Yet, Addison Schletzbaum hit the eighth trey of the night for the Tigers to make it 33-31 entering the fourth quarter.  That's when JH went on a 15-4 run to close the game and complete the comeback. 

The lone Cobra senior Amaya Marlatt starred on her senior night with 19 points but got help from a trio of sophomores as Olberding added 10, Kaylee Thompson had 8 and Rebekuh Hutfles scored 7, all in the second half when Jackson Heights posted a 29-11 advantage. 

ACCHS hit seven triples in the first half, but then made only one in the final two quarters as their win streak was snapped at eight in a row. One night after scoring 32 points, Natalie Nitz had 15 on five first half treys for the Tigers while three other sophomores accounted for all of the ACCHS scoring as Schletzbaum had 12, Aleah Wallsich 7 and Jordan Caplinger 3. The Tigers are now 16-4 and the number two seed hosting Riverside in their 2A Sub State next week. 

Jackson Heights coach Dan Shupe won his 251st game just a night after beating JCN. The Cobras await the winner of Centralia and Clifton Clyde for their first sub-state game next week. The Lady Cobras are now 55-10 the last three years with two league titles and a trip to state for the first time in more than 20 years. 

BOYS = ACCHS 47, Jackson Heights 32

The night cap was pretty sloppy with the Cobras committing 25 turnovers and struggling to score or get in any offensive flow. Lone senior, Dylan Thompson had 10 points to lead Jackson Heights who is now 8-9 on the season and host #6 seed Troy to begin 1A Sub State on Friday. 

ACCHS has now won 4 of their last 6 games and played very hard with a deep bench as they overcame 22 turnovers themselves. Kieran Courter had 23 points and ACCHS made 18 of 28 free throws while the Cobras were just 4-13 at the line. ACCHS is now 5-14 on the year and will also face Riverside to begin their 2A Sub State next week. 


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