Lady Jays undefeated in section play
Jeannette girls basketball cleaned things up last Thursday in a 55-point drubbing of a young East Allegheny team to move to 4-0 in Class-AA, Section 3 play, and 6-3 overall.
The win stopped a messy two-game losing skid that saw the Jayhawks turn the ball over 56 times — a trend head coach LuAnn Mills was happy to see end.
“My concern is turnovers. We have not been coming to the ball,” said Mills. “We did much better against EA, but we have to keep doing that.”
After jumping out to a 15-point lead and completely dominating the play in the first half, Mills used the second half to play her bench and work on her team's passing and rebounding.
“There isn't enough time to work on those things when games are close,” said Mills. “We had a good chance to work on those things during the game.”
Jeannette has a chance to put some ground between themselves and two of their main challengers for the section, Shady Side Academy (2-2, 4-7) and Greensburg Central Catholic (3-0, 8-2).
The Jayhawks travel to Shady Side tonight and host GCC on Monday night. Jeannette will play a game on Saturday at the Coaches vs. Caner Backyard Brawlz event at Seton Hill University against Greensburg Salem.
Mills is not worried about her team potentially looking ahead on the schedule to the GCC game — not because she doesn't think it will happen, but because she knows it will happen.
“I know they'll look ahead because I look ahead. It is such a big game for all of us,” said Mills. “But we focus on one game at a time.
“I tell the girls that they cannot know what's going to happen with the other teams, so to stay focused on what we have to do.”
Jeannette (4-0) (6-3)
GCC (3-0) (8-2)
Springdale (2-1) (5-6)
Shady Side (2-2) (4-7)
Riverview (1-3) (6-5)
South Allegheny (0-3) (4-6)
East Allegheny (0-3) (1-8)
Dave Moio is a freelance writer.