The Cedarville women’s basketball team used high powered offense to pull out a victory tonight, their sixth in the last seven outings, against G-MAC rival Central State, outlasting the Marauders 101-87 on Lil’ Sibs Weekend.
After a slow start offensively in the early minutes of the game, the Lady Jacketscaught fire, lighting it up for 48 points on 52 percent shooting in the first half led by Raegan Ryan’s 15 points. Central State tried to keep pace, but the Lady Jackets pulled away late with a 16-4 run capped by Deborah Gordon’s layup off Kayla Jenerette’s driving assist with just seconds left, taking a 48-31 lead into the half.
The onslaught continued into the second half, with the lead getting as high as 22. But, as the half wore on, the visiting Marauders refused to quit. Three straight three-pointers by Shakeira Lang cut the Jacket’s lead to eight points, and Coach Kirk Martin was forced to take a timeout with 5:13 left. Coming out of the timeout, Taylor Vander Plas was face-guarding Lang, but that didn’t stop Lang from nailing two more three-pointers in the next few minutes. Cedarville withstood, responding each time to keep the lead above seven points, extending it late enough that the Marauders didn’t foul and the Lady Jackets were able to dribble out the clock.
The Lady Jackets were led by Jenerette’s 24 points and Ryan’s 22. Gordon added 16 points and Kayla Linkous had 12 points and 9 rebounds. The Lady Jackets shot 54 percent from the field, and their 101 points are the highest total they’ve scored this year, 25 points more than their average.
With the win Cedarville moves to 9-8 (5-2 G-MAC) on the season. Both the men and women will travel for the next few weeks, playing their next five games on the road, all G-MAC double-headers. The Lady Jackets’ next home game will be Thursday, Feb. 20, when the women host Ursuline at 5:30 p.m.