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Lady Jays hold off St. Patricks for first win

Coming off back-to-back road losses to tough teams to start the season, the Ripley Lady Blue Jays were happy to be home in “The Nest” for the first time in the 2015-2016 basketball season.

Apparently “The Nest” was just as happy to see them, because the Lady Jays picked up their first win of the season over St. Patrick’s Monday night, 37-33.

The team led 8-4 after the first quarter, but the offense fared much better in the second. Ripley scored 13 points in the second quarter and took a 23-13 lead into the halftime break.

The offense started just as strong in the second half, putting up 13 more points before a sudden cool-down allowed the Lady Saints to get back into the game. The Lady Jays scored just four points in the fourth quarter, but held on for the victory.

Head coach Chris Coleman said his team still needs to work on their lack of offense but overall he was happy with how well his team played.

“It wasn’t bad,” Coleman said. “We played better. We still struggled on offense, they didn’t get shots but they played well defensively.”

The Lady Jays were able to pressure the Lady Saints into mistakes, which in turn allowed the offense chances to score. Carlee Daulton led the team in scoring, tallying 13 of the team’s 37 points.

“She got about half her points attacking the net and half on rebounds that she was able to put back in the basket,” Coleman said.

Ripley is still dealing with injuries that forced a few junior varsity players to move up, and now the team has a few players who are battling illnesses too, according to Coleman.

Nonetheless, the Lady Jays return to action Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Manchester against the Lady Greyhounds. The team plays their next home contest Monday, December 7 against West Union.

By Garth Shanklin

Reach Garth Shanklin at 937-378-6161 or follow him on Twitter @GNDShanklin.

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