Bluejackets fall to Black Devils in district tournament
By Ross Haney
On Monday, Feb. 24 the Nicholas County High School Bluejackets took on the Robertson County High School Black Devils to compete for a spot in the 38th District championship game at Pendleton County High School. The team went into the game with pride, the Lady Jackets having just taken the win over the Lady Devils. However, despite their hard work, Nicholas County Blue Jackets could not grab the win of this game, and this match-up, unfortunately, marked the end of their season.
The game stayed fairly close through the entirety of the first half, but the Bluejackets trailed behind for most of the game. Scott Keaton was strong in the half, racking up many baskets and three point goals for the Jackets. The score at the half was Nicholas County: 24, Robertson County: 27.
Nicholas County picked up their game in the third quarter, and actually tied the two teams up – the fourth quarter was a whole new game, the score 41-41.
The last quarter was a nail-biter, but as the last seconds came on the clock, it was known that Robertson County would take the win of the game, and advance on to play in the championship game of the district tournament on Thursday night. The final score of this close match-up was Nicholas County: 53, Robertson County: 49.
After the loss to Robertson County, Coach Roger Newton was “crushed,” saying “This is not the finish I envisioned for this team tonight or for the last 1/3 of the season.” And of course, the seniors of the team must have been distraught after the realization that their last game of their high school career had just been played set-in.
Although the Bluejackets did not advance in 38th District Tournament Championship, the Lady Jackets are set to play in the championship game on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Pendleton County High School at 7:00pm. Come out and support the Lady Jackets as they compete for the 38th District title!
Girls Basketball and Cheerleading host Senior Night
By Ross Haney
On Thursday, Feb. 20, the Nicholas County High School girls basketball team and cheerleading squad honored their senior members at their annual Senior Night. Three seniors were recognized: Lakyn Jolly, Jennifer Steg, and Lea Buchel.
Lakyn Jolly is the seventeen year old daughter of Jeff and Brandy Jolly, and Tamila and Tracy Humphries. She has been on the girls basketball team for six years, ran track and field for two years, and played varsity tennis for one year, along with many other athletic and academic programs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and boyfriend. After high school, she plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Science and then then go on to earn a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.
Jennifer Steg is the daughter of Pascal and Sabina Steg. Jennifer is a foreign exchange student from Switzerland, and her Nicholas County host parents are Jackie and Leatha Howard. While at Nicholas County High School, she has played on the varsity volleyball and girls basketball teams. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, playing and watching sports, and traveling. After high school, she plans to return to Switzerland and finish her schooling, and following that, go on to university and pursue a career in some type of broadcasting.
Lea Buchel is also a foreign exchange student from Switzerland, and her host parents are Pam and Josh Shepherd. While at NCHS, Lea has been a member of the Nicholas County cheerleading squad. She enjoys hanging out with friends and going to the movies. After high school, she plans to return to Switzerland and finish her schooling.
Each senior was called to the middle of the floor before Thursday night’s varsity game, and their biographies were read aloud, They were presented with a program and flowers, and were congratulated on their achievements throughout their high school career.
Freshmen Ladyjackets 10th Region Champs
By Ross Haney
Saturday, Feb. 22, Nicholas County hosted the 10th Region Freshmen Championship Tournament in the high school gymnasium.
The Ladyjackets faced Montgomery County in the first game, remaining evenly matched throughout the entire first quarter, the lead trading back and forth between the two teams. Nicholas County finished the quarter with a one point advantage, 14-13
During the second quarter, the Ladyjackets began to settle in better. Their shooting accuracy improved while defensively the home team continued to hound Montgomery County relentlessly, forcing numerous turnovers.
The 32 points Nicholas County scored in the first half were distributed remarkably evenly between the players, not giving the opposition the chance to focus their defense on a single scoring threat. Meanwhile, Montgomery was limited to 10 points in the quarter, ending the half with Nicholas County ahead, 32-23.
The Ladyjackets lost some momentum after the half, turning over the ball frequently on passing errors and struggling to penetrate a tough defense, scoring only 10 to Montgomery County's 9, leading 42-34, but losing much of their advantage at times.
The fourth quarter was a real knuckle-biter as Montgomery County continued to chip away at the lead, narrowing it to five points with less than a minute to play.
Rather than burning time of the clock, or forcing their opponents to foul, the home team kept driving to the basket, missing the shot, and turning over the ball, allowing the score to draw within two.
Fortunately, the Nicholas County lead held as time expired, the Ladyjackets winning 54-52, advancing them to the 10th Region finals.
Grace Kiskaden led the scoring with 12, including three 3-pointers; Trina Hughes followed with 11; Autumn Martin and Hannah Jolly each had 10; Samantha Sowell put in 6; and Allison Howard rounded out the score with 5.