The saying, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” doesn’t always ring true in the game of basketball. The Lady Panthers of Jackson County Comprehensive High School found that to be spot on after falling 59-53 to Morgan County High School.
“[It was] another slow start on the offensive end of the floor. [The] ladies did a great job [in] the second half and pulled within two with 1:39 [left] in the game,” Hawley said.
The region tournament is just a month away but there are no signs of this team growing weary.
“I truly believe if the girls will continue to battle and stay positive, they will be ready for the region tournament. Sometimes the battle scars make you better and more focused and I believe this group of young ladies is up for the challenge,” said Hawley. “We just need to be more consistent on the offensive end of the floor for four quarters.”
Victoria Fontana earned a double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Mason Garland scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Katie Phillips followed with 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Panthers returned to action against cross town rival East Jackson High School and survived with a 1-point win. Savannah Roncadori achieved 11 points, seven rebounds and six steals. Fontana finished with 10 points.
“[I’m] really proud of how the ladies battled tonight. [It was] not our best performance but [there were] some outstanding moments by all the Lady Panthers at times. The highlighted performance [was by] Victoria Woods down the stretch [who scored] a big left hand drive lay-up and [got] a big foul [shot]. [That was] followed [by] Fontana [who took] a big offensive charge with 6.1 [seconds] left in the game to secure the win,” Hawley said.
“We still need to finish around the basket and do a better job of taking care of the basketball. I really like the team’s unselfish attitude, work ethic and really feel with their continued positive outlook it will all come together. Credit [goes] to East Jackson and their effort all night long,” said Hawley.
The Lady Panthers will take on Elbert County High School tomorrow night at 7 at ECHS.