By Carl Holcomb
The Yellow Jackettes swarmed to a 55-27 victory over Pendleton County in the Hive last Thursday.
“I’m glad to see them get out and run a little bit. These girls are unselfish, they don’t care who scores the points. We need to make more shots, we shoot 36 percent per game. We have to get those figures up. We are doing well rebounding, but we have to work on our defense. We are decent at our pressure. We have to feed off the defense,” Moorefield Coach Paul Keplinger commented.
Moorefield (3-0) missed seven shots to warm-up before a 7-0 run and forced five turnovers during that stretch in the first four minutes.[private]
The first basket was scored by Moorefield’s Gianna Fair at the 5:21 mark, then the Lady Wildcats lost the ball out of bounds and Lindsey Rinker drilled a 3-pointer.
Moorefield’s Nautica Crosco stole the ball, but it was snatched back by Pendleton County’s Rachel Walls and lost out of bounds.
Fair received a pass from Rinker and hit a jumper at 4:13 for the 7-nil lead.
Moorefield’s Madison McGregor grabbed a defensive rebound, then Pendleton County’s Kaylee Vandevander made a defensive board.
Lindsey Dunkle connected from the perimeter for the Lady Wildcats at 3:30.
Crosco made another steal, but the Yellow Jackettes failed to convert.
Walls made a defensive rebound, then Moorefield’s Ciara Smith stole the ball and passed to McGregor, who was fouled and missed the free throws.
Pendleton County cut the deficit to 7-6 at the 1:49 mark as Walls finished an old-fashioned three point play.
Walls grabbed a rebound, then her pass was intercepted by Moorefield’s Remi Hinkle, but the ball was fumbled out of bounds moments later.
Moorefield’s Emma Baker snatched a defensive rebound and assisted Gracie O’Neill on a jumper with 45 seconds left in the frame, 9-6.
Baker applied pressure for a turnover out of bounds, then Dunkle and Smith fought for a jump ball.
Baker made an offensive rebound and drew a foul leading to a pair of free throws with two seconds on the clock.
Baker stole the inbound pass and scored at the buzzer to give Moorefield a 13-6 lead entering the second period.
Rinker collected a defensive rebound and fed Crosco for a layup sparking a 13-0 run.
Pendleton County’s Taylor Townsend netted a jumper on the ensuing possession for a 15-8 score at 7:18.
Rinker and Baker created steals, but the Yellow Jackettes didn’t create points.
Walls snatched another defensive rebound and passed to Townsend, who drew a foul and added one point for the Lady Wildcats at 6:09.
A minute later, Crosco scored on a layup down the baseline off a turnover by Fair.
Rinker blocked a shot and passed to Rinker for a jumper to give Moorefield a 19-9 advantage at 4:14.
Rinker made a defensive rebound, then Crosco made a putback.
Fair collected a rebound and Walls stole the ball before walking, then Rinker scored off an assist from Regan Davy.
Smith made a defensive rebound and Rinker assisted Crosco on a 3-pointer for a 26-9 lead with 2:15 left in the half.
The Lady Wildcats missed a free throw and Walls collected the rebound, but the shot went awry and Smith grabbed the board.
Baker assisted Hinkle on a jumper at 1:17 as the Yellow Jackettes extended the lead 28-9.
Pendleton County’s Kalee Woodward made two free throws on the ensuing possession, then grabbed a defensive rebound and netted a jumper to cut the deficit to 28-13.
Smith grabbed a defensive rebound, then O’Neill scored for Moorefield.
Smith snatched another rebound which led to a free throw by Isabelle Nesbit for a 31-13 halftime advantage.
Walls made a steal to open the third period and was fouled.
Baker deflected a pass out of bounds and the Yellow Jackettes pressure created an inbound violation.
Walls stole the ball and was fouled leading to one free throw.
Fair made two offensive rebounds before landing a basket to start a 12-2 run for the period.
Rinker nearly made a steal, but Townsend eluded the reach and missed the jumper and was assessed a foul going for the rebound.
Baker scored in the paint, then collected a defensive rebound and scored again on the ensuing series at 5:48, 37-14.
O’Neill stole the ball and made a rebound before passing to Rinker, who was fouled and made both charity stripe shots.
O’Neill stole the ball again and assisted Crosco on a jumper.
There were several missed baskets over the next couple of minutes before Walls made two free throws at 2:26 for the Lady Wildcats.
A putback by O’Neill gave Moorefield a 43-16 lead at the 2:06 mark and that score stood the same to end the frame.
Walls snatched a defensive carom and scored at the 7:08 mark of the fourth period.
The Yellow Jackettes missed two free throws, then Walls made another rebound.
Fair grabbed rebounds on both ends of the floor leading to a basket.
Crosco stole the ball and assisted Baker on a shot, then Bake returned the favor with a swipe and pass to Crosco to give Moorefield a 49-18 advantage with 5:20 remaining.
Crosco’s pressure forced a five second violation, then Walls had a rebound fall out of her hands.
Townsend stole the ball, but the ensuing shot was off the mark and Hinkle made the rebound.
Walls created a turnover and scored a layup, 49-20 at 4:04.
In the final three minutes, Moorefield’s Nesbit, Smith and Hinkle added field goals and the Lady Wildcats added several baskets.
The Yellow Jackettes had three players in double figures with Crosco leading the way with 13 points, followed by Baker and Fair with ten markers apiece.
Walls paced the Lady Wildcats with 13 points in the loss.[/private]