Lady Chargers win heavyweight tussle

by Dennis Sharkey

If Jefferson County North girls’ basketball Coach Steve Noll was looking for a test for his team, he found one Friday night.

JCN sophomore Jacee Kramer fought hard to score two of her game high 13 points versus ACCHS-Effingham defender Katrina Reiss.

JCN sophomore Jacee Kramer fought hard to score two of her game high 13 points versus ACCHS-Effingham defender Katrina Reiss.

The Lady Chargers beat Atchison County Community High School at home Friday night 32-27 in front of a packed house in Winchester.

The team’s leading scorer, Jordan Kramer, struggled and was held to only six points in the game.

The Lady Tigers’ size advantage made it hard for Kramer to find open shots. When she did find an open shot an invisible lid would cover the basket.

Kramer’s younger sister, sophomore Jacee Kramer, the team’s usual number two option, picked up the slack with tough inside play. Jacee finished the game leading all scorers with 13 points.

“That was a big win for us,” Noll said. “They’re a good team. They gave us fits; we didn’t get the open shots we wanted.”

Noll said ACCHS’s size caused problems for all of his shooters.

“If we hit some of those shots we’re not in the position that we were,” Noll said. “Not just (Jordan’s) but all of them were rushing some because I think they were just worried about their size coming at us.”

Jacee set the tone early in the first quarter with the game scoreless when she grabbed an offensive rebound under the basket and was fouled. She completed the traditional three-point play to give the Lady Chargers the early lead.

The Lady Chargers set a defensive tone early as well. As the first quarter was winding down Jordan got a big blocked shot that led to a fast break opportunity for Jacee and the Lady Chargers led 8-2 after one period.

The Lady Chargers extended the lead to eight points to begin the second quarter, but a 5-0 closed out the quarter for the Lady Tigers and the lead was cut to 15-12 going into the half.

A key turning point in the third quarter came when Jacee was called for a travel after making a basket that would have made the score 24-17 and a foul was called that could have potentially made the lead eight. However, officials gathered to discuss the play and changed the call to a travel and waived off the basket. The Lady Tigers would hit a basket and a free throw to cut the lead to two points heading to the fourth quarter.

Jacee hit a couple of free throws to start the fourth and the lead was extended to 24-20. ACCHS called a timeout.

After the timeout the Lady Tigers forced JCN into two turnovers and grabbed their first lead of the game at 25-24 with 4:20 left in the game.

At that point the JCN defense stiffened and held the Lady Tigers to only two points the remainder of the game and the Lady Chargers closed out on a 8-2 run.

Noll said after the game that he told his team all week that they would have to fight hard on the boards.

Noll said he was also impressed with his bench’s defense. At times when starters had to sit because of foul trouble, his defenders didn’t miss a beat.

“The girls got after it,” Noll said. “We were switching defenses boom-boom-boom and all of them were on the same page. It was nice to see.”

The fourth quarter was the first time all season that the Lady Chargers have trailed in a game. Noll said this type of game will benefit his team in the long run.

“We bent but we never broke,” he said.

Chargers let game slip away in fourth quarter

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