JC Girls BB

Sophomore Alivia Elmore rises up for a heavily contested layup early in the game against Salem. Elmore had 19 points and was the second-leading scorer.

Last Thursday, the Jennings County High School girls basketball team played host to No. 17 ranked Salem. A full house was on hand to watch as the Lady Panthers downed Salem, 61-37.

“I thought our kids played hard for four quarters,” noted Lady Panther head coach Kristi Sigler. “This group, they are starting to see stuff that is happening on the floor, and they are able to make adjustments on their own.”

Jennings County’s scoring was lead by two sophomores, Juliann Woodard and Alivia Elmore, with 24 and 19 points respectively. “You look at those two and they’ve played a lot of basketball. They compete, they’re looking for each other, they’re seeing other people.” Others scoring for the Lady Panthers were Megan Vogel with 7 points, Kali Thompson with 6, and Lily Ernstes with 5.

The girls team had over a week of rest and practice before preparing to take on their next opponent, Greensburg, this coming Saturday on the road. “We’ll focus on us.” Sigler mentioned in regards to what the team will work on in practice this past week. “We’ll scout Greensburg, obviously they’ll have a few games under their belt by next Saturday, but we’ll focus on us. One thing we have to make sure that we’re doing is developing our bench with confidence, and that will be a key focus over the next week.” The Lady Panther bench this year has so far been a non-factor, accounting for only 13 points this season.

Jennings County now looks ahead to an 0-4 Greensburg team that has suffered losses to Jac-Cen-Del, North Decatur, Franklin, and Shelbyville, scoring an average of 39.5 points per game, which is 20 points less in comparison to Jennings County’s 60 average points per game. The Lady Panthers game against Greensburg will take place at Greensburg High School, with the JV game beginning at 6:00 p.m. and varsity following after.