Girls hoops: JF 46, E.C. Glass 34

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Lady Cavs pick up first District win

By Mike Forster

  The Jefferson Forest Lady Cavs picked the right time to pick up their first Seminole District win of the season.  And they picked the right team from which to earn it.

The ladies of Forest showed hustle, grit and opportunism in dominating the Lady Glaziers of Glass, 46-34.

The win gave the Lady Cavs a Seminole record of 1-1 heading into the Christmas break.

"That was a good win for us," said JF Head Coach Paul Redgate.  "E.C. Glass is always good and a tough game for us."

While the Lady Cavs came out a bit flat, they righted their ship in plenty of time.

The Hilltoppers stormed out to a 15-8 lead when Aliya Austin hit a three-pointer to open the second quarter.

JF's Kaila Reese responded with a trey of her own to keep her team close.  Then Amber Evans converted both of her free throws, before Reese's steal ended up with Erin McKeague putting in the tying bucket.

At the halfway point of the second quarter, McKeague's 12-footer gave the Lady Cavs their first lead of the game.

It was a lead they would not relinquish, as Anna Carter drilled a pair of free throws before hitting a 10 footer to close out the half.  At that point, the scoreboard read:  Visitor 23, Home 19.

JF built upon that lead as the Lady Cavs stormed into the third quarter.  Evans had a putback in front of a pair of crisp plays.  A Cassidy Ratliff-to-McKeague-to-Carter quick break got a rise from the JF faithful. Then Carter zipped a pass to Evans for a ten-point lead.

After that, Redgate unleashed his defensive demons.  That effort seems to be personified by Ratliff and Katie Cousins.  The front court pair may be among the smallest players in the Seminole.  But they are pure pain-in-the-posterior to foes and a delight to watch when at their peskiest.

Ratliff's tenacity paid off with six steals for the night.  Quick and fast, you can't let your eye off the sophomore for a second.

By the way, the 5' 0" Cousins somehow  reined in five rebounds, as did Evans, McKeague and Reese.

Carter led the way in the scoring department, posting 16 points for the game.

Glass was paced by Austin's 14 points.