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Bluejackets Plundered by Berea Pirates
by Amy Mastin
In a double header on Tuesday, February 1, the Nicholas County Ladyjackets and Bluejackets met up with the Berea Pirates and Lady Pirates.
In the second game of the evening, the Bluejackets started off strong, with 3 points scored right off the bat.
Immediately a foul was called on the Pirates, sending #5 Dylan Fryman to the line for 2. With one of two shots made, Nicholas County carried a score of 4-0.
Fryman turned around and scored another 3 points for the Bluejackets, while Berea struck back, with 2 of their own, finally putting them on the board.
Nicholas County rebounded the ball only to lose it again to the Pirates, giving them the chance to score another 2-point shot. With 2:58 left in the first quarter, Berea trailed the Bluejackts, 7-4.
Nicholas County held on to their lead through the end of the first quarter, with a score of 12-11.
However, the Pirates charged forward against the Jackets, scoring one 3-pointer after another.
During the entire second quarter, Nicholas County was held off by Berea and only scored a total of 5 points.
Going into the half, the Bluejackets trailed by 16 points, with a score of 33-17. Coming into the second half of the game, a foul was called on Nicholas County, sending Berea to the line. Making 1 of 2 shots, the score soared to 34-17.
#10 Bussell scored 3 for the Jackets cutting the Pirates’ lead back to 16 points.
The two teams continued to battle it out, sending each other to the foul line multiple times. At 1:37 left in the 3rd, #14 Sexton sunk a 3-pointer. The score was then 49-27, with the Berea Pirates leading by 22 points.
With the 3rd quarter winding down, the Pirates scored one basket after another. The Bluejackets fought back hard, but the baskets just weren’t there for them. Berea maintained too strong of a lead to allow the Jackets to catch up.
Both teams seamed to have foul trouble, trading places on the foul line. However, the Pirates were able to shoot well from the line, which kept the gap in the score growing.
Even with their free throws strong, and their defense even stronger, the Berea Pirates proved to be too much for the Bluejackets. Nicholas County lost the game by 25 points, with a final score of 75-50.
Lady Pirates sink Lady Jackets in first game of double header
by Amy Mastin
In the double header played Tuesday at Nicholas County High School against the Berea Lady Pirates, the Lady Jackets started out their night on a positive note, scoring two points within seconds of the tip off.
Berea sent #15 Martin to the line for 2. Making 1 of the 2, Martin brought the score to 7-0 for Nicholas County.
With 5:15 left in the 1st quarter, Berea scores their first 2 points of the game and turn around sending the Lady Jackets back to the line.
#4 Megan Bretz scored 1 of 2 free throws, bringing the score to 8-2 for Nicholas County.
#12 McLean scored another 2 for Nicholas County, giving them an 8-point lead over the Lady Pirates.
Soon after Berea scored another 2 points, #15 Martin went in for 3 and drew a foul on the Lady Pirates, sending her to the line for a shot a 2.
Making 1 of her 2 shots, the score was 11-4, with 1:43 in the first quarter.
The second quarter showed the Lady Jackets holding off Berea during the first few minutes. However, the Lady Pirates came back with a vengeance.
With 28 seconds before half time, the score was tied 23-23. Then with only 3.8 seconds before the half, Berea scored another 2 points and fouled against Nicholas County, sending #4 Megan Bretz to the line.
Unfortunately, both attempts were unsuccessful , taking the Lady Pirates into the half with a 2 point lead over the Lady Jackets, with a score of 25-23.
Berea came back strong after the half, scoring several 2 pointers and keeping their defense up against Nicholas County.
The Lady Jackets struggled to get back their momentum, falling short even at the free throw line.
#4 Megan Bretz and #15 Martin both scored 2 point shots during the 3rd quarter and #3 Shannon Bretz was 2/2 at the line, bringing Nicholas County up to 29 points for the game.
However, the Lady Pirates were just a little stronger, going into the 4th quarter with a score of 32 for the game.
For the first part of the 4th, the two teams just seemed to trade points and send each other to the line.
With 5:18 left in the game, the score was 34-33, with Berea leading by only 1 point. The Lady Pirates called a 30-second time out.
Coming out of the break, Berea was ready to fight for the win. However, the Lady Jackets weren’t ready to hand it over to them without a fight of their own.
Both teams battled it out, sending each other to the line numerous times. With 36.9 in the game, the Lady Pirates held the lead, 42-39. A foul on Berea sent #4 Megan Bretz back to the line.
Scoring 1 of her 2 shots, Bretz brought the score within 2 points, where it would stay. The Lady Pirates took the win over Nicholas County with a final score of 42-40.
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