Jackson County made sure the holiday season didn’t pass without a victory in its stocking.
The Lady Panthers snapped a three-game losing skid with a 57-35 victory over Hebron Christian Tuesday in the second round of the Oconee County Christmas Tournament.
Bre Drew attempts a free throw earlier this year.
The team is scheduled to finish the tournament today against Heritage, a Class AAAA school out of Conyers. Jackson County (8-6, 2-1) returns home Thursday for a non-region game with Stephens County. Tip-off is at 1 p.m.
Against Hebron Christian, the Lady Panthers got 16 points from Ashley Skelton and a double-double from Savannah Roncadori (10 points, 10 boards) to end a losing skid that started with a Dec. 17 loss to Jefferson.
Freshman Katie Phillips added seven points.
Coach John Hawley pointed to his bench players in the victory.
“Another great bench performance from Savannah (Roncadori), Sierra (Roncadori), Katie (Phillips) and Mason (Garland),” he said.
Jackson County opened the tournament Monday with a 51-45 loss to Madison County, a program which advanced to the Class AAAA Elite Eight last year.
Skelton paced the Lady Panthers — who were tied at 33 with Madison County at the end of three quarters — with 19 points.
Emily Elrod and Breanna Drew each added eight points for Jackson County, which led 23-20 at the half.
Hawley noted that Danni Cunningham “had a solid defensive game.”
Despite the loss, Hawley was encouraged with what transpired.
“Great to see the girls play hard again,” Hawley said. “Super effort from the whole team.”
Hawley added that Phillips, Savannah Roncadori and Garland provided “great bench support.”