Lady Jays start strong in Jamboree

The Jefferson City Lady Jays started strong in the annual Jamboree event Friday night at Helias.

The Lady Jays jumped out to a combined 27-2 start in their first two contests against Blair Oaks and Fatima.

The Lady Jays used their size to defeat Blair Oaks, 25-8, and Fatima, 21-7, in the first two 12-minute scrimmages.

"I thought tonight went real well," first-year Jefferson City head coach Brad Conway said. "We saw some things that we liked, but there are some things we need to work on. I'm new to the kids, they're trying to learn my system but, for the most part, after three weeks I am happy with where we're at.

Helias would be the only team to go 3-0 on the night when they took out the Lady Jays 17-12 in a contest where Conway dug into his bench.

"We had some kids that had played quite a bit in the first two games," Conway said. "And we had some kids that didn't get to play as much. We got to look at a variety of different people and combinations. It was just an opportunity for those kids to show me what they had.

"I thought our decision making was pretty good. We executed at times, but there were some times where our timing was off. Defensively, I thought we were talking pretty well and moving like we wanted them to move."

Megan Foster led the way with 18 total points for the Lady Jays. Foster, like other starters, didn't play against Helias.

Senior Anessa Glenn and senior Nicole Martin paced the Lady Jays with 13 and 10 points, respectively, on the evening.

In the win against Blair Oaks, senior Tayler LePage, 24 and Martin led the way for the Lady Jays with 6 points apiece.

It was all Foster against Fatima. She scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half of the two, 6-minute halves system. Foster hit back-to-back 3-pointers to stretch an early advantage to 14-2 with under two minutes to play.

The Lady Jays open their season Tuesday at Sullivan.

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