EUSTACE–The Kemp Lady Yellowjackets defeated the Eustace Lady Bulldogs on the road Dec. 14.
The Lady ’Jackets got a strong start from their defense and held steadfast on their way to a 35-25 win in their district opener.
Matalie Wright opened the scoring for the Lady ’Jackets as she picked up the and-1 and delivered on the free throw to give Kemp a 3-0 lead.
A layup and a free throw from Tenilee Anthony increased the lead to 7-0 over the Lady Bulldogs.
Anthony added a final layup before the buzzer as the Lady ’Jackets put their defensive plan in action as they shutout Eustace 12-0 in the first quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs finally broke the goose egg 12 seconds into the second quarter on a short jump shot from Avery Reeve.
Back-to-back three-point scores from the Lady Bulldogs closed the gap to 12-8 quickly.
Reeve added her second three-pointer of the quarter to make it 12-11 halfway through the second quarter.
A three-point shot from Anthony capped an 8-2 put together by Kemp to end the first half as the Lady ’Jackets held a 20-13 lead at halftime.
The start of the second half saw a strong defensive push from both teams as Kemp’s Taylor Carr and Eustace’s Emma Bell traded baskets in a low-scoring third quarter with the Lady ’Jackets outpacing the Lady Bulldogs 6-5 to take a 26-18 lead into the fourth quarter.
Morgan Adrio was fouled on a three-point shot to start the final quarter, knocking down two of three free throws to give Kemp a 10-point lead.
Bell knocked down two free throws late for the Lady Bulldogs to close the gap to 28-22 but Eustace couldn’t overcome a slow start as the Lady ’Jackets took home the 35-25 victory.
Eustace was led by a 15-point effort from Reeve and seven points from Bell.
Kemp was led offensively by Anthony, who notched 13 points in the win over Eustace.
Wright added five points along with four-point efforts from Carr, Adrio, Danica Barnett and Liberti Tally.
The loss drops the Lady Bulldogs to 8-8 overall and 0-1 to begin district play.
Kemp moves to 7-9 overall this season and 1-0 to begin their district schedule.