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Juliann Woodard was 100% from the free-throw line Monday, including this shot on her way to nearly 30 points.

On Monday evening, the Jennings County High School girls basketball team traveled north to Whiteland to take on the Warriors. The Lady Panthers outscored Whiteland in every quarter and won in dominating fashion, 63-40.

“Monday night games are always scary because you never know what you are going to get,” noted head coach Kristi Sigler. “In the past, we haven’t played very well at Whiteland, so coming up here we needed to have an intensity level, discipline and focus from the beginning, and I thought we had a good start and carried it through the four quarters.”

Leading the Lady Panthers in scoring was Juliann Woodard with 29 points, followed by Alivia Elmore with 20. Others scoring for the Jennings County were Lily Ernstes (7), Kali Thompson (6) and Megan Vogel (1).

Last week, Woodard was named the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Week for week 9 for her impressive play at the Ben Davis Holiday Classic. Over the past four games, Woodard is averaging over 26 points per game and has had a double-double in each of the four games.

“We rely a lot on Juliann and Alivia, two sophomores,” said Coach Sigler. “Seeing her at Ben Davis and what she did against Avon I think really gave her a confidence boost that she really needed.”

Juliann is also in the running for the Max Preps Indiana High School Athlete of the Week award for this week.

The Lady Panthers now look forward to Saturday, when they will play host to Brownstown Central. The Lady Braves are 8-10 at the time of press. “It’s out ‘Take a Girl to the Game’ day so we are inviting all of our youth teams to come out,” mentioned Coach Sigler. “Brownstown’s another one of those teams that’s very fundamentally sound and very well coached.”

The Lady Panther’s JV team will tip-off against Brownstown at noon on Saturday with the varsity matchup taking place at 1:30 p.m.