Capital City girls finish 2-1 in home Jamboree

The Capital City Lady Cavaliers prepare for tip-off against the Linn Lady Wildcats during Thursday's Jamboree at Capital City High School. (Kyle McAreavy/News Tribune)
The Capital City Lady Cavaliers prepare for tip-off against the Linn Lady Wildcats during Thursday's Jamboree at Capital City High School. (Kyle McAreavy/News Tribune)

The next era of the Capital City Lady Cavaliers basketball program is underway.

Capital City went 2-1 during its Jamboree at Capital City High School on Thursday, beating Linn 11-9 and Richland 19-14, while dropping a 20-19 game to Hermann.

“Loved the energy that this group plays with,” Capital City coach Tracey Braden said. “There’s a lot more fight in them.”

Capital City started the night against Linn, and jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two free throws from Amaura Austell, a layup from Jada Anderson off an Austell assist and a Danijah Fluellen steal-turned-layup.

Linn hit a free throw with 2:52 left in the first half to send the teams into halftime with Capital City up 6-1.

Linn was able to cut the gap to 9-8 with 1:57 left to play, but another Fluellen steal-turned-layup gave the Lady Cavaliers a couple of insurance points to close out the 11-9 win.

Fluellen scored four points, Anderson scored three and both Austell and Addison Jones added two. Anderson had a team-high four rebounds, while Fluellen had three steals.

The Lady Cavaliers then faced off with Hermann.

Hermann jumped ahead 6-2, then the Lady Cavaliers cut the lead to 8-7 after Jones dished an assist to Anderson for a layup.

Capital City took the lead at 11-0 after Austell assisted Aslyn Marshall on a layup, then took a 14-12 lead into halftime.

Capital City led through most of the second half, but Hermann tied the game at 18 with 1:40 left.

Emily Thames hit a free throw to put the Lady Cavaliers back in front with 42 seconds left, but a Hermann steal turned into a layup with 10 seconds left to take a one-point win.

Jones led the Lady Cavaliers with five points and three assists, while Anderson had four points, four rebounds and two blocks. Austell added four points and two rebounds.

“I’ve got to do a better job of teaching them game management, time and score type stuff,” Braden said. “… And we’ve got to practice more free throws.”

In the final matchup, Richland scored the final seven points of the first half to take a 12-6 lead into halftime.

But after halftime, the Lady Cavaliers were moving.

Richland scored the first two points out of the break, going up 14-6 with 5:27 left to play, then the Lady Cavaliers scored 13 unanswered points with six from Fluellen, three from Kassidy Loethen, two from Michele Narug and two from Austell on late free throws to close the game.

“I think that last game, how we came back, that’s going to prove to be a real confidence booster,” Braden said.

Anderson scored six points to go with three rebounds, two steals and a block, while Fluellen, Austell and Loethen all had three points for the Lady Cavaliers.

“We have multiple pieces that are going to step up and help us at different times,” Braden said. “… I think they are gaining confidence in each experience.”

Capital City will officially start the season at 6 p.m. Saturday against Osage in the Blue Fish Shootout at Rolla.