LOSSES don’t come with style points, but East Jackson coach Katie David couldn’t overlook her team’s Friday performance.
East Jackson (3-16, 1-6) lost 46-40 on the road to subregion foe Hart County, giving the second-place Lady Bulldogs all they could handle in the process.
“The Hart County game was the best game we played all year,” David said. “In the end, we made a couple turnovers that cost us a little bit … but we just played such good team basketball.”
Kesley Palette led East Jackson with 11 points, and Madison Wuertley added 10.
“We were able to score, pretty much at will,” David said.
East Jackson trailed 19-15 at the half and 29-26 after three quarters. Fifteen missed free throws from the Lady Eagles ended up weighing heavily in this tight contest.
“Just a crazy, inordinate amount of free throws,” David said.
Still, the performance Friday got the team’s attention. David said that was evident in the mood after the game.
“In the locker room, you could just feel the difference,” she said. “They were very upbeat about their performance. We’ve been talking about trying to peak now and surprise somebody now. Because we haven’t won a lot of games. We’ve been in a lot of games, but then the third quarter gets us or free throws or inconsistency.”
The performance didn’t carry over to the next night.
East Jackson fell handily to Class AAA’s no. 9 team, Oconee County (17-3), 53-23, in a non-region game.
East Jackson, which was shutout during the first quarter, faced a 53-18 deficit after three quarters.
David said her team might have been a little sluggish from its four-quarter battle the previous night.
“I do think that had an effect on it,” David said. “And I do think our opponent was a lot better.”
Taylor Patrick led East Jackson with seven points.
East Jackson, which has four subregion games remaining, still searches for a signature win.
“I know that it’s late in the year, but honestly, we believe we can win some games still,” David said.