It felt like a dream for many Jennings County basketball fans on Saturday night, as the Lady Panthers took the court at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, the filming location for the iconic basketball movie, Hoosiers.

“When Cory (Stevens) brought the idea to me last spring, I was beyond excited,” mentioned Lady Panther Head Coach Kristi Sigler. “The movie, Hoosiers, has always been one of my absolute favorites, and I cannot really put a number on how many times I have watched it.”

The game was partially a neutral sight game, but the evening was hosted by Jennings County, with announcing and scorekeeping done by the normal JCHS staff. To make it feel more like a home game, Panther fans showed much love, and filled up at least 3/4 of the iconic site.

Before talking about the game, it only seems right to recap the week leading up to the game. The special week started on Wednesday night, when the team and coaching staff took a field trip to the Park Theater Civic Center. The high school and middle school teams watched Hoosiers on the big screen to better understand the magnitude of the game Saturday. The following evening, they moved their practice location to the Vernon Gym, in order to prepare the team to play in a historic venue.

The team was set and ready, and would be facing off with Cathedral. The Fighting Irish of Cathedral were 2-0 heading into the matchup, and lead by senior Layla Gold, who is averaging 30 points per game so far this year. Right from the start, they proved to be a tough opponent early on.

A low scoring first quarter gave the Lady Panthers the lead 13-7, but Cathedral came back, outscoring Jennings County by 3 points, cutting the halftime score to 32-29. Another winning period from the Irish gave the Lady Panthers a one point lead heading into the final quarter. Cathedral started strong, holding a lead for the first half of the quarter, but the Jennings County broke through towards the end of the game, outscoring Cathedral by 5 points to win 72-66.

“We knew from an opponent standpoint when we made the schedule this year that we were going to put formidable opponents on our schedule, and Cathedral is a very talented team. They are very well coached, and Layla Gold is an outstanding player,” noted Coach Sigler. “We knew it would be a challenge coming in here, and our girls responded.”

TEAM STATSJCHS: 23/27 Free Throws, 20 2-point Field Goals Made, 3 3-point Field Goals Made

Cathedral: 26/32 Free Throws, 14 2-point Field Goals Made, 4 3-point Field Goals Made

PLAYER STATSJuliann Woodard: 30 pts, 11/12 FT, 8 2-pt FG, 1 3-pt FG, 3 Fouls

Mollie Ernstes: 15 pts, 7/8 FT, 4 2-pt FG, 3 Fouls

Manto Vadell: 8 pts, 2/3 FT, 3 2-pt FG, 3 Fouls

Maddie McIntosh: 7 pts, 2 2-pt FG, 1 3-pt FG, 3 Fouls

Alexis Carson: 5 pts, 2/2 FT, 1 3-pt FG, 4 Fouls

Megan Vogel: 4 pts, 2 2-pt FG, 4 Fouls

Abrey Belding: 3 points, 1/2 FT, 1 2-pt FG, 1 Foul

Riley Byford: 2 fouls

NEXT GAMES:The Lady Panthers have two games scheduled for this coming week, starting on Saturday.

The Lady Panthers will be back at home on Saturday, taking on 2-1 Greensburg. The Lady Pirates have wins over North Decatur and Jac-Cen-Del so far this season, with their lone loss against Franklin Community 70-36. The JV game will start at 6 p.m. with the varsity tip taking place right after.

On Tuesday night, Jennings County will get their first taste of HHC competition with a road trip to Jeffersonville.

The Lady Red Devils are 4-2 this season, with wins over East Central, Jasper, Southridge, and Providence, and losses to Castle and Corydon Central.

The JV match will begin at 6 p.m. with the varsity game directly following the opener.