PDT Sports Writer
As Jackson learned this week that Kent State basketball commit Lydia Poe was lost for the remainder of the regular season, conventional wisdom would point the Ironladies were playing with a major void on their roster.
However, fellow future Golden Flash Madison Ridout and the rest of her Jackson teammates picked up the slack Saturday and used an 18-1 run to close out the second quarter and to hand host Portsmouth a 62-33 SEOAL setback.
Earlier this week, the Ironladies found themselves ranked 11th in the first Associated Press Ohio Division II girls basketball poll. The last nine wins for Jackson have come without Poe in the lineup.
The fortunes for the Trojans positive to start the game as Jada Jenkins scored half of her 12 points to give her team an 11-9 lead entering the second quarter.
“We came out ready, we prepared for them, this is our second time against them and we knew what they were going to do,” Portsmouth coach Kristen Bradshaw said. “We were pumped up for the game. I was obviously pleased with their first quarter.”
The period started with four-straight lead changes, the last for the Trojans coming on a Semajah Parker putback to make it 13-12 with 6:25 until intermission.
However, Kacee Jenkins’ second-chance basket off an Annie Speakman free throw miss started a 15-0 run that lasted 4:55 for the Ironladies. Despite Jada Jenkins splitting a pair of foul shots with 90 seconds to go, the visitors took a 30-14 lead into the locker room thanks to a Sam Humphreys basket and a Lauren Parks free throw.
“We came in today’s game out of a routine, playing a 1 p.m. game and still banged up from Thursday’s night game at Logan,” Jackson coach Matt Walburn said. “Not only was that emotional win, it was very physical. We had to come out and compete hard on the defensive end, first and foremost.”
Bradshaw felt her team changed their mood in the period, which led to the breakout quarter for the Ironladies.
“In the second quarter, I think we got a little relaxed,” Bradshaw said. “(The Ironladies) started pushing the ball up the court, beating us back.
“…They started playing man-to-man on Peighton (Williams) full court, trying to shut her down. It got the best of us and we got tired of course, the story of our season.”
Despite having the margin shrink to 14 points early in the second half, Jackson led by as many as 32 in the fourth quarter.
Kacee Jenkins led all scorers with 19 points while Ridout added 14, eight coming in the second quarter run. Peighton Williams was 5-of-21 shooting to lead the Trojans with 15 points and nine rebounds. Since joining the SEOAL in the 2006-2007 season, Portsmouth has yet to earn a victory over the Ironladies in girls basketball.
The Trojans will play two road games in three nights, starting with Monday’s visit to Ironton St. Joseph and Wednesday at Valley.
“We’ve got two games that I think if we bring our ‘A’ game, we can definitely compete with them and hopefully get our second and third wins,” Bradshaw said.
Jackson County Times-Journal Sports Editor Paul Boggs contributed to the report.
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Jackson 9 21 21 11 — 62
Portsmouth 11 3 11 8 — 33
Jackson — Humphreys 1-0-2, Wills 3-3-9, Parks 1-3-5, Ridout 7-0-14, Hoover 2-0-4, Speakman 3-0-7, Jenkins 9-1-19, Waugh 1-0-2, Totals 27-7-62.
Portsmouth — Jackson 0-2-2, P. Williams 5-4-15, Jenkins 4-4-12, S. Parker 2-0-4, Totals 11-10-33.
3-Point Goals — Jackson 1 (Speakman); Portsmouth 1 (P. Williams).
Records — Jackson 13-1 (5-0); Portsmouth 1-13 (0-5).