Caldwell County got a big first half from Jacey Jaggers and a big second half from Bella McConnell, as the Lady Tigers inched away in the second half and came away with a 66-58 win over the University Heights Lady Blazers. Caldwell County got the win without starting point guard Jada Boyd, who was sitting out after being ejected from the Lady Tigers win earlier in the week over Todd County Central.
The first quarter went back and forth between the Lady Blazers and the Lady Tigers. The game was tied at 9-9 and 14-14. UHA finished out the quarter with a mini run to take a 17-14 lead after the opening eight minutes. The Lady Blazers held the three point lead despite a stellar first quarter from Caldwell’s Jacey Jaggers, who lit it up for 11 points, including three made baskets from behind the arc.
At the beginning of the second quarter, it looked as if the Lady Tigers would run away with the contest. Caldwell County hit UHA with a 9-0 run to open the quarter and take a 23-17 lead. The Lady Tiger defense held the Lady Blazers without a point for over half the quarter.
Then it was time for a little harmony in the Lady Blazers performance. Or more specifically, some Harmoni, in the form of 8th grader Harmoni Wright. Trailing 24-18, UHA made a concerted effort to get the ball down in deep to Wright, who responded with 8 straight points to give the Lady Blazers a 26-24 lead. Two Jacey Jaggers free throws would send the teams to the locker room knotted up at 26-26.
The second half got underway with the teams going toe-to-toe. With UHA leading 33-32, the Lady Tigers made their move to take control of the game. Led by the play of Bella McConnell, Caldwell County went on an 8-0 run to go up 40-33. The Lady Tiger lead would be 44-38 when the quarter came to an end.
In the 4th, McConnell, along with Lucy Goffinet, helped the Lady Tigers eventually open up a double digit lead at 52-42. The Lady Blazers could never mount a rally after that point, as Caldwell County would hold on for the 12 point win.
Caldwell County was led by Jacey Jaggers, who finished with 20 points, 15 of those coming in the first half of play. Bella McConnell finished with 16 points, 12 in the second half. Majah Hollowell and Lucy Goffinet also reached double figures for Caldwell County, Hollowell with 11 and Goffinet with 10.
UHA was paced by Harmoni Wright with 13 points. Lily Hendricks finished with 10 points. Meghan Adams added 9 points for the Lady Blazers.
With the win, Caldwell County improves to 4-3 on the season, while UHA falls to 3-4. The two teams will meet again January 13th in the first round of the Girls’ 2nd Region All A Classic.