Coach Kristi Sigler speaks to her team late in a loss to East Central.

It was a week of ups and downs for the Jennings County High School girls basketball team, losing hard and winning big over the course of their past two games.

On Thursday, the Lady Panthers hosted East Central. The game started rough, and the team looked similar to how they looked in the second half of the BNL game that had happened only two nights prior. Jennings County came out and scored a season low 5 points in the first quarter. “We weren’t ready to play. For whatever reason we came out and looked like we hadn’t played basketball before,” noted head coach Kristi Sigler. The Lady Panthers held tight with East Central over the course of the next three quarters, outscoring the Trojans 45-40, but the 19 point lead after the first quarter was too much to overcome, giving Jennings County their second loss of the season. Alivia Elmore led scoring for the Lady Panthers with 14. Others scoring were Juliann Woodard (11), Alexis Carson (9), Megan Vogel (6), Kali Thompson (6), and Lily Ernstes (4).

After the game, Sigler mentioned that the next game would be seen as a pride game for the Lady Panthers, as they would be playing a rival and needed to turn around their season after the two consecutive losses. The Lady Panthers came out on Tuesday, and showed their pride, beating the Owls 70-42. “This is a game that we needed to come out and be ready for and ready to go. It’s no different than any other, but we had to respond based on last week,” noted Sigler. Coach Sigler also mentioned that intensity at practice over the weekend was much higher than normal. “Friday at practice, we went hard. Saturday, we went hard. I think I heard it in the locker room that they didn’t work that hard Friday and Saturday for nothing.” The teams leading scorer was Elmore, tallying 23 points. Thompson was close behind with 16 points, including 4 three point shots made. Other Lady Panthers scoring were Woodard (11), Vogel (8), Ernstes (8), and Carson (4).

The Lady Panthers are now set to end their six game home stand on Saturday with a match with HHC opponent New Albany. The Bulldogs are currently 4-6, with the only common opponent being Bedford North Lawrence, a game that New Albany lost 58-45. They also play Scottsburg on Thursday. The game is set for a 1:30 p.m. tip, with JV getting underway at noon.