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Kali Thompson goes up for the easy layup against Rushville on Saturday.

It was a long holiday week for the Jennings County High School girls basketball team, as they played three teams over the course of the seven days.

There week started last Tuesday when the Lady Panthers hosted Jeffersonville as their first look at the Hoosier Hills Conference this season. After a hard fought battle, the Lady Panthers won 50-32. After the first quarter, the JC lead was only one point, but an overall great performance in the second quarter extended their halftime lead to 25-12, and the girls never looked back. Juliann Woodard led the team scoring with 21 points. Other scoring came from Lily Ernstes, 10 points, Kali Thompson, 8 points, Alivia Elmore, 7 points, and Megan Vogel, 4 points.

On Saturday, Jennings County welcomed in Rushville for an afternoon game, and won 48-25. The Lady Panthers were once again led by Woodard, scoring 16 points. Both Elmore and Ernstes scored in double digits with 12 and 10 points respectively. Thompson added 8 and Vogel had 2.

The Lady Panthers faced their toughest opponent they have had to face to end the busy week, hosting conference foe and current #4 team in the state, Bedford North Lawrence. Jennings County and BNL were all tied up early in the second quarter at 15-15, but a two point second quarter for the Lady Panthers let the Stars pull away, and give Jennings County their first loss, 50-34. The Lady Panthers had lots of trouble on offense, going scoreless for over 8 minutes of the game, and shooting under 40% throughout the whole game. Alivia Elmore led the Lady Panther scoring with 12 points, and was the only JC player in double digits. Ernstes added nine points, Woodard, 8, Madelyn McIntosh, 3, and Vogel, 2. Woodard had 14 rebounds.

The Lady Panthers now are set to host East Central on short rest, with a 7:30 p.m. game tonight, December 2. “We have to bounce back. We only have one practice prepare for East Central, but we have to bounce back,” noted coach Kristi Sigler. The Trojans of East Central are currently 3-1, with their only loss coming against Columbus East. They beat common opponent Greensburg 52-37. The matchup looks to be very balanced, and fans will look for the Lady Panthers to bounce back Thursday. The girls are also set to host Seymour next Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.