Lady Jays prepare to face GCC tonight
Jeannette girls basketball head coach LuAnn Mills doesn't like to look ahead. She doesn't like to think about anything except the game at hand.
The game at hand tonight is Greensburg Central Catholic.
So what does Mills think?
“The last time we played it was an up and down game all night. I expect this one to be the same.”
Mills also does not like to be considered a favorite, she'd rather play the role of underdog, so she did not give an inch when discussing outcomes despite her excellent 4-1 record against GCC since taking over at Jeannette three seasons ago.
“Central is a great team,” said Mills. “If we win that game, we have a chance to be seeded pretty high, but if we lose we will probably be further down.”
The latter scenario, though not preferred by most coaches who would prefer the higher seed, would suit Mills just fine.
“I like being the underdog,” said Mills. “It seems to make us fight harder.”
Jeannette is in position to make the GCC game count because of their work in previous Section 3-AA games and their 72-70 win over the Centurions on Jan. 14.
The Jayhawks are coming off of a week in which they won a game by their second-largest point differential this season, and then lost a game by their second-largest point differential this season.
The first — a 71-19 win last Monday over East Allegheny — featured five Jayhawks in double figures led by Ciara Gregory's 27. Jeannette then lost to Deer Lakes last Thursday 76-56. Gregory netted 32 in that game to raise her WPIAL-leading scoring average to 30.8 points per game.
The GCC game will be Gregory's last against a section opponent in her record-setting career at Jeannette.
The WPIAL will announce playoff seedings and first-round matchups early next week which will give Mills something new to focus on.
GCC (9-1) (14-5)
Jeannette (9-1) (12-6)
Riverview (6-5) (12-7)
Springdale (5-5) (10-10)
Shady Side (5-6) (7-12)
South Allegheny (2-8) (7-12)
East Allegheny (0-10) (1-16)
Dave Moio is a freelance writer.