PDT Sports Writer
Jackson has proven to be the Lucy to Portsmouth girls basketball’s Charlie Brown.
Since the Trojans rejoined the SEOAL in the 2006-2007 season, they have yet to beat the Ironladies on the hardwood. Just as Lucy would take the ball away from Charlie Brown the ground before he were to kick it, Jackson took over Saturday afternoon’s SEOAL contest from the tip and never looked back in a 60-26 victory for the Associated Press Division II sixth-ranked Ironladies.
“They’ve been giving us fits for the last couple of years,” Portsmouth coach Tyson Phillips said. “It’s a great group of girls they have and we just didn’t get off to a very good start.”
Jackson started on a 10-0 run and scored 17 of the game’s first 18 points. Phillips felt what hurt his squad early was giving the Ironladies uncontested shots.
“We fall behind 12-1 and we’re climbing uphill the rest of the day,” Phillips said. “I thought we made a couple of adjustments at halftime to our defense. I thought the effort was good, I thought we competed really well in the third quarter.”
What impressed Jackson coach Matt Walburn the most out of his team in its 15th game of the season was holding the Trojans to 19 percent from the floor while the Ironladies went into the locker room with a 43-12 lead and shooting at a 50 percent clip.
“Coming out of the locker room, our big thing today was how we would react on the defensive end,” Walburn said. “I’ve got a lot of kids on the bench that can score, they know that and I know that. But I’ve said from Day 1 that if you want to win championships, it’s got to happen on the defensive end and I thought in the first half we guarded really well.”
In all, 10 Jackson players would figure into the scoring column as Kacee Jenkins finished with 15 while Madison Ridout and Lydia Poe each chipped in with 11. Jenkins also had six rebounds for the Ironladies, who out-rebounded the Trojans by a 46-29 margin overall and 14-10 offensively.
Peighton Williams led all scorers with 18 points in the loss. With seven games left in their regular season as well, Phillips stresses his team can’t take chunks of time off during a game when it comes to effort and execution.
“We’ve got to play through all of the adversity and not worry about it,” Phillips said.
One way his team can turn it around is at the free throw line. Portsmouth was 7-of-12 from the foul line while Jackson was 16-for-21 from the charity stripe.
“In these last two, three, four games, it’s almost a two-to-one (ratio) that the other teams are making more foul shots than what we attempt and that’s hard to do,” Phillips said. “We’re going to have to play more solid (defensively).”
Both teams have a week to rest before jumping back into league play. The Trojans will travel next Saturday to Warren and the Ironladies will play Chillicothe in the final contest between the two schools as each members of the SEOAL.
Cody Leist can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 294, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackson 24 19 4 13 — 60
Portsmouth 6 6 6 8 — 26
Jackson — Farley 2-0-4, Basiden 0-1-1, Wills 1-2-4, Waugh 0-2-2, Ridout 3-4-11, Hoover 2-0-4, Kar. Jenkins 1-0-2, Kac. Jenkins 5-5-15, Humphreys 2-1-6, Poe 5-1-11, Totals 21-16-60.
Portsmouth — I. Sturgell 0-1-1, Mallory 1-0-2, Williams 6-6-18, Jenkins 2-0-5, Totals 9-7-26.
3-Point Goals — Jackson 2 (Ridout, Humphreys); Portsmouth 1 (Jenkins).
Records — Jackson 15-0 (6-0); Portsmouth 5-10 (1-5).