By CHARLES PHELPS
The Lady Panthers wanted to send their senior class out it with a bang, and to their delight, they did just that with a 43-32 win over East Jackson High School. Jackson County Comprehensive High School was led by senior Victoria Fontana who scored a game-high 15 points. Victoria Woods added nine and Shelton Kendrick followed with seven points; Kendrick was 5 of 8 from the free-throw line.
The lead changed hands four times in the first quarter with the Lady Panthers coming out ahead by four. The Lady Eagles battled back during the second quarter and tied the game at 15-15 late but, the Lady Panthers closed the half on a 5-0 run and took a 20-15 lead into halftime.
The Lady Panthers opened their lead to eight by the end of the third quarter behind Fontana’s five points during the quarter.
Jackson County saved their best play for last by scoring 13 points in the third quarter. This included key buckets from senior Savannah Roncadori, who made three consecutive free throws. Katie Phillips had five points in the fourth quarter as well to help widen the lead.
The Lady Eagles’ offense was led by Kelsey Palette’s 14-point. Ten of her 14 came from free throws. Madison Wuertley added nine and went 4 of 6 from the free-throw line. The Lady Eagles were 18 of 27 as a team from the free-throw line.