Over the weekend, fans of the Jennings County High School Lady Panther basketball team got their first chance to watch the girls in Charles W. Hurley Gymnasium for the 2021-22 season. Those fans were treated to not only two wins by the team, but also a tournament championship by the Lady Panthers.
Jennings County played host for the Lady Panther Tip-Off Classic, a tournament that welcomed Lafayette Jeff, Charlestown, and Lawrenceburg to JCHS. The Lady Panthers began the day by competing against Lafayette Jeff, a game that they won 61-21. The Lady Panthers got off to a slow start, only leading 8-7 after the first quarter. However, the basket seemed wide open for the girls in the next two quarters, scoring a combined 47 points, and holding the Bronchos to single digits. Jennings County had another slow quarter to end the game, but the scoring in the middle of the game covered the Lady Panthers six-point fourth quarter.
Juliann Woodard was the leading scorer in game one, scoring 15 points. Kali Thompson also made double digits, scoring ten of her own. Alivia Elmore, Megan Vogel, and Lily Ernstes each added eight points, with Alexus Carson and Charlee Barlow adding six. The Lady Panthers made 17 field goals and 4 three pointers, and shot 68% from the charity stripe.
The Lady Panthers were set for a championship matchup with Charlestown, a tougher team than Lafayette Jeff, and a team that the Lady Panthers beat last year 54-47. While Jennings County lost three seniors since that game last season, the results were similar, with the Lady Panthers on top 55-42. For the first time this season, the Jennings County team was held to zero quarters over twenty points. Regardless, the team physically dominated the game, and was only outscored by three points in the second quarter.
Ernstes led the scoring sheet in this game, scoring fifteen points. Woodard added fourteen and Elmore twelve. Vogel scored nine points and Thompson added five to the stat sheet. The Lady Panthers made 21 field goals and 3 three point shots, while shooting 50% from the line.
The Lady Panthers now look ahead to their fourth game of the season against Salem tonight, November 11. The Lions are set to be a huge test for the Lady Panthers, with the team currently being ranked 17th in the state following a 70-47 win over Seymour last week. The JV game is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. with the varsity matchup taking place afterwards.