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Lady Jays play hard, show improvement

| Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Jeannette's Brianna Crawford looks to pass the ball.
Coach Adam Knaresborough goes over play strategy.
PHOTOS: John Howard | The Jeannette Spirit
Lady Jay Monique Redman lines up a foul shot.

Jeannette girls basketball may want to patent one of those popular, “Keep Calm and . . .” signs that reads something like, “Keep Calm and Play Together.”

The Lady Jayhawks finished last week having won two of three and splitting against WPIAL Section 3-AA opponents Riverview and Springdale respectively.

Jeannette pounded Monessen in a non-section game in-between the section games. A key for Jeannette all season has been their ability to do often what they do well and handle what other teams throw at them.

Jeannette head coach Adam Knaresborough has been consistent this season in saying the strength of his team is its ability to play together.

“We are coming together as a team,” said Knaresborough. “Everyone plays hard and everyone is getting better. We are gelling nicely.”

Monique Redman, who continues to develop as a scorer, led Jeannette in scoring in both section games last week. Redman netted 15 in Jeannette's 42-41 loss last Monday to Riverview and poured in 25 in the Lady Jayhawks' 54-47 win last Friday over Springdale.

The week's action left Jeannette 2-1 in section play and 3-3 overall.

Freshman guard Olivia Sirnic, whose play has earned praise all season from Knaresborough, added good secondary scoring for Jeannette in both section contests posting 10 points in the Riverview loss and 12 in the Springdale win.

The Lady Jayhawks enter the holiday break in second place in Section 3-AA with difficult opponents in the near future.

Before they resume section play in January, however, Jeannette will travel to Laurel Highlands where they will take on Albert Gallatin tomorrow at 12:45 p.m. in the Laurel Highlands Holiday Tournament.

Jeannette will play Charmichaels on Saturday — tip-off once again scheduled for 12:45 p.m.

Section play resumes on Jan. 2, when the Lady Jayhawks travel to East Allegheny.

WPIAL Class-AA,

Section 3

GCC (2-0) (4-2)

Jeannette (2-1) (3-3)

Riverview (2-1) (3-4)

Shady Side (2-1) (2-4)

Springdale (1-1) (3-3)

East Allegheny (0-2) (1-5)

South Allegheny (0-3) (1-6)

Dave Moio is a freelance writer.

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