Lady Jacks basketball team starts season with win

Ruth Flores in action against Ephrata. The Lady Jacks won the always-intense clash against their archrivals. 

NOTE: This story will be updated on on Friday Dec. 10. The team is now 2-2 after a road win at Cascade and a home loss to Chelan.

The Quincy Lady Jacks basketball team endured an oh-so-close defeat to Ephrata Nov. 30 before clamping down on the Wahluke Warriors on the road Dec. 4.

The game against the archrival ended in a 43-38 loss but it still shows that the team is progressing, said head coach Micaiah McCreary

“The first year we played them at home, we lost by 10. Then last year we played at home and lost by nine and this year we lost by five,’ the third-year head coach of the Lady Jacks said.

The Lady Jacks struggled in the first half but came out strong in the third quarter, even managing to snag the lead halfway through it.

Despite this being the first game of the season, against the archrival and in front of a packed home crowd, the team did not get “caught up in the moment,” McCreary said and kept battling until the end.

“They weren’t shaken by anything, their composure was awesome and it hasn’t been that way in the past,” she said.

Turnovers proved costly for the Lady Jacks, she added.

Emily Wurl led the team with 19 points, followed by Ruth Flores with 14. Emilee Morris had five points.

Four days later, on the road against Wahluke, the Lady Jacks showed that the defeat against Ephrata was in the rearview mirror, dominating the Lady Warriors 48-16.

“They brushed it off and went on to the next one,” McCreary said of her team.

The Lady Warriors scored four points in the second half and no points in the fourth quarter.

“That was kind of cool,” McCreary said of the defensive effort in the last frame. “Overall, it was a really good team game.”

Wurl had 20 points, followed by Flores with eight, Morris and Brianna Herrera with seven each and Joceline Schaapman with five. Stephanie Sanchez had two.

Next up for the Lady Jacks was a Tuesday game on the road against league opponent Cascade (0-3). The Kodiaks had not scored more than 26 points in any of the three games.

“They are going to be hungry for a win and so we have to go in and take care of business,” McCreary said.

Results weren’t available prior to press time.

The Lady Jacks then host Chelan Thursday night, with tip-off scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Then, they host nonleague visitor Lakeside from Nine Mile Falls, with tip-off scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

The game against Chelan looms the largest of the three for the Lady Jacks, with the Goats likely to serve as a gauge of where the Quincy squad stands in the Caribou Trail League pecking order.

“It’ll be nice to see how we handle the first game (against Chelan),” McCreary.

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