By Dan Connell / Staff Writer
WILLIAMSBURG — The Wiliamsburg Lady Jackets returned to Mountjoy Gymnasium Monday afternoon to take on the East Jessamine Lady Cougars of the 12th Region.
The Lady Jackets' bid to pick up their second win of the year fell short, 59-48.
The Lady Cougars grabbed the early lead in the first quarter and did not look back.
East Jessamine's Bereisha Gill helped pace the Lady Cougar offense and led her team to a 20-10 lead by quarter's end.
Williamsburg's Kacie Brown and Tarrah Davis kept Williamsburg close as each combined for five points each in the first quarter and the Lady Jackets continued to close the scoring gap.
Williamsburg began the second quarter of play on a 7-0 run to reduce the deficit to 20-17, but East Jessamine answered with a 6-0 run of their own to push the lead to 26-17 within a two-minute time frame, and ended the half with a 30-22 lead over the Lady Jackets.
The Lady Jackets answered with a big scoring run in the third quarter as Lexie Boggs and Kacie Brown combined for 10 of the Lady Jackets' 15 points in the period. Willilamsburg cut the lead to three points on two separate occasions, but the margin was as close as the Lady Jackets would come to catching the Lady Cougars in the quarter.
Emma Young helped keep the East Jessamine offense on top as she began her big second half scoring run in the third period. Young, Gill and Sarah Rainwater kept East Jessamine in the lead 41-37 during the third quarter by combining for all 11 total points scored.
Williamsburg opened the final quarter cutting the lead to 41-39 on a Sydney Tye bucket, but the momentum quickly grew for East Jessamine as the Lady Cougars went on a 10-2 scoring run and took a 51-41 lead with 5:07 remaining in regulation. East Jessamine scored off several turnovers and Emma Young cashed in with a 12-point scoring effort to lead the Lady Cougars in the fourth quarter.
East Jessamine's size advantage and quickness took over and the Lady Jackets could not recover.
Andrea Ellis commented on the Lady Jackets' effort on Monday.
"I thought we played pretty well," Ellis said. "We never gave up and finally got our offense going. It was nice to have Tarrah Davis back to help us with our scoring. We played with confidence today which is key for us. A couple of swings on some turnovers and it's a different ball game for us."
The loss drops Williamsburg to 1-10 on the year. The Lady Jackets were led in scoring by Kacie Brown with 15 points, and East Jessamine's Emma Young closed the afternoon with 23 for the Lady Cougars.
E. Jessamine 59, Williamsburg 48
E. Jessamine 20 10 11 18—59
Williamsburg 10 12 15 11—48
East Jessamine (59) — Young 23, Rainwater 15, Gill 10, Stollings 5, Carr 4, Hatfield 2
Williamsburg (48) — Brown 15, Davis 11, Boggs 9, Tye 6, Harris 5, Maxey 2