Lady Jackets split games, finish second in North Daviess Invitational Tournament

Mylea Slone shoots a 3-pointer against Rock Creek Academy

By Noah Dalton

Mitchell High School traveled to Elnora on Saturday morning to participate in this year’s North Daviess Girls Basketball Invitational, a four-team tournament where they competed against North Daviess, Rock Creek Academy and Clay City.

After a strong showing in their first matchup against Clay City, where the Bluejackets bested the Eels, they were defeated in a close final matchup by Rock Creek, leaving them with a second-place finish.

Despite not leaving the event with some new hardware to add to the school’s trophy case, Mitchell head coach Tim Haworth was proud of his team’s performance, who felt they played their best ball of the season. that day.

“I think these kids showed a lot of character,” Haworth said. “Very proud of their effort. That’s why I don’t say anything to him for which to hang his head. So we were proud of that, of that effort.”

In their opening matchup against Clay City, the Bluejackets took an early game lead and were able to hold it throughout the game, ultimately winning 39-26.

The biggest key to Mitchell’s victory in the game was his defense and ability to force turnovers, stripping the ball from the Eels’ offense 24 times over the course of the game, 13 of which were in the second half. , where the defense kept Clay City. to only 10 points in 12 minutes of play.

Malaya Tanglao throws a pass to a teammate against Clay City

With the Eels coming off a dominant 19-point victory over Riverton Parke on Thursday night, they were bringing a fair amount of momentum to the matchup, particularly compared to the Bluejackets, who were blown out Tuesday by Brown County and had their Thursday night. The matchup against West Washington was cancelled.

“They got a little bit of a boost after getting a win on Thursday night. Of course, we couldn’t play because our game was canceled and moved,” Haworth said. “I hope that, again, they feel like hard knocks to us, but these girls are resilient and I love the way they bounced back today. I am very, very proud of our baseball club, ”he continued.

While that game was taking place, Rock Creek faced North Daviess in a separate gym at the school, where the Lions were victorious 39-36, setting up the final.

After a 30-minute intermission between games, Mitchell took the floor against Rock Creek and gave the warning with the gold on the line.

The Bluejackets built an early lead, outscoring the Lions 14-11 in the first quarter thanks to a great start from guard Mylea Slone, who made eight in the period, including two 3-pointers.

Mitchell increased his second-quarter lead to five, heading into the half up 24-19. Malaya Tanglao carried most of the Bluejackets’ offense in the period, scoring 7 of her 10 points, the other three coming off another 3-pointer by Slone.

Mitchell was able to make numerous defensive plays in the first half, causing problems for Rock Creek resulting in 11 turnovers. Haworth felt his team’s defensive performance in the first half against the Lions was one of the best plays he’s seen from them all season on that side of the ball.

Brooklyn Peterson (22) and Jillian Bond (33) fill out Rock Creek’s Jayli Smith

“I thought the first half might have been our best defensive first half all year, against a very athletic team,” he said.

Unfortunately for the Bluejackets, Rock Creek’s offense sped up at the perfect moment, scoring 18 points in a huge third-quarter explosion. After six straight quarters of some of his best plays of the year, Mitchell now found himself trailing 37-30 heading into the fourth quarter after scoring just six in the third.

The Bluejackets were able to get back into the game late in the fourth quarter, eventually cutting the Lions’ lead to just one point with around three minutes to go. A Rock Creek basket with just under a minute to go would extend their lead to three, which was ultimately the final margin of the game, with Mitchell trailing 45-42 at the final buzzer.

Although they lost in the end, Haworth felt like his team played its best two games of the season on Saturday.

“I thought, considering our situation, I thought back to back, these were our two best ballgames. Even though they beat us that second, against a very athletic team, we gave ourselves a chance to win a ball game. The start of that third trimester was definitely not how we wanted to start a trimester, but again our kids hung in there,” he said.

“After a timeout, we were down seven and we came back and made it a one-possession game from then on. So I think that showed a lot of character and what kind of growth we’ve had this year,” Haworth added.

After these games, the Bluejackets are now 3-7 on the season, and their overall Patoka Lake Athletic Conference record stands at 1-1. Their next matchup is scheduled for Tuesday, when they take on Eastern (5-3), coming off a 1-point loss to Brownstown Central on Saturday.

Tournament Stats (both games combined)

  • Mylea Slone – 24 points, 8/19 shooting, 6/9 FT, 6 rebounds
  • Jillian Bond – 17 points, 5/19 shooting, 7/9 FT, 17 rebounds
  • Brooklyn Peterson – 19 points, 7/22 shooting, 5/11 FT, 12 rebounds
  • Malaya Tanglao – 12 points, 4/12 shooting, 3/4 FT, 1 rebound
  • Briley Dicks – 6 points, 3/4 shots, 0/0 FT, 5 rebounds
  • Taylor Lee – 2 points, 1/2 shot, 0/0 FT, 3 rebounds

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