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Lady Cavs are the real deal

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Edged by Brookville, JF does in Heritage

By Mike Forster

 

The Jefferson Forest girls basketball team proved it can hang with mighty Brookville.

What the Lady Cavs have  yet to show is that they can beat those Bees.

JF gave as good as it got in falling to the Brookies 44-38.  Three nights later, the Lady Cavs topped a Heritage crew that was missing its best player.

The upshot?  It appears the youngish JF crew has what it takes to make a run in the Seminole District.

The very young Lady Cavs (only one senior) were stout against the well-seasoned Bees.  "I'm bummed that we lost, but encouraged," said JF Head Coach Steve Mills.  "Six days ago, they would have beaten us by 30."

His charges showed themselves to be solid on defense, applying pressure and helping out on coverage.

A big change is Amber Evans at point guard.  Likely the only 6' point guard in this area, Evans showed herself to be calm under pressure and an exceptional ball handler.  Her 14 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks and four steals didn't hurt, either.

Rumors that Evans was also running the concession stand and driving the team bus proved unfounded.  But, she does seem to do a lot.

She also gets help.  Teammate Taylor Clark came up with nine big points against the Bees.  She also nabbed seven rebounds while repelling four Brookville shots.

When the Lady Cavs faced Heritage, they thought they'd be seeing the reigning Seminole District Player of the Year.  But Cameron Carter was nursing a sore ankle, unavailable for duty.

Their reaction?  Lethargy, on both ends of the floor.  "I think Cam's absence hurt us initially," said Mills.  "There was a let down."

The Lady Cavs did get it together in the second half to come up with a 48-32 win.  Amber Evans teamed up with little sis, Ashley, to score 36 points:  more than the whole team needed.  Amber Evans essentially took over the game in the third quarter.

A highlight in this game was the play of Monica Chiodo and Skylar Jenkins, who showed good ball control, helping the team in its goal of reducing turnovers.