GRC dismantles East Jessamine

Published 1:49 am Friday, December 16, 2016

The George Rogers Clark High School girls basketball never had its unblemished record threatened Thursday night against East Jessamine.

The Cardinals cruised to a 79-31 behind a pressuring defense that forced 37 turnovers. The Cards scored 44 points off those miscues.

While GRC (6-0) used a press for most of the game, it changed up which flavor, even showing off a half-court trap at times.

“We want to find the best option for us as we get deeper into the season,” GRC coach Robbie Graham said. “We are observing the menu right not and trying to find the best fit for us.”

Despite a cool start from the floor, the Cardinals still managed a season-high in points as a team.

They nearly had five players in double figures. Jasmine Flowers had a game-best 21 point. Kennedy Igo scored 14. Shemaya Behanan put in 12, while Hayley Harrison added 11 points.

Maleahah Bell scored nine points in the win.

Igo had five assists and Behanan had a team-high six rebounds.

The Jaguars (0-5) got 19 points from Jalynn Landversicht. The next highest scorer for East was Hannah James with five points.

The Cards are right back in action tonight when they take on Danville (3-3) at 6:30 — the first game in a girl/boy doubleheader at Letcher Norton Gymnasium. The boys take on district foe Bourbon County in the second game.

“It’s a chance to see where we are with our conditioning. It’s our first look at back-to-back games this season,” Graham said. “(Danville) will use a 2-2-1 press. They’re real athletic and will look to trap passes. We will look to attack the front of the rim.”

Casey can be reached at casey.castle@winchestersun.com.