Jarrell powers Eaglettes past Antioch
Thursday night's matchup between state-ranked girls basketball powerhouses lived up to its billing.
Fourth-ranked Shelbyville Central and visiting No. 9 Antioch battled up and down the court with the Eaglettes claiming a 56-51 victory.
Extreme opposites led their teams as 6-foot-3 post Alex Jarrell was unstoppable inside the paint for the Eaglettes (25-4), scoring 23 points, while 4-foot-10 point guard Jasmine Gunn carried the Lady Bears on her back with a 26-point effort.
Both were 11-of-16 from the field.
Jarrell grabbed seven rebounds and had a pair of blocked shots and a steal while Gunn connected on 4-of-6 3-pointers, had three assists and three steals.
"What a great performance by both Alex Jarrell and Jasmine Gunn," Eaglette coach Lynn Burkey said. "Jasmine Gunn is just a great player and she's going to make some college coach very happy. Alex Jarrell was as good as I've ever seen her. She took the hits down low, the ride-outs and everything that was thrown at her. She worked in the low post and only shot two free throws in this very physical game. She was the difference for us tonight."
The Lady Bears took control early and posted a 15-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
"We started the game a little flat and showed very little emotion," Burkey said. "When we finally started showing some emotion, we got the game under control. Normally, the first quarter has been one of our best quarters throughout the season, but we just came out flat tonight."
The Eaglettes came alive and outscored their opponent 18-9 in the second stanza, led by Jarrell's 10 points.
Antioch didn't go away, scoring six unanswered points to hold a 49-39 lead going into the final eight minutes.
Shelbyville started the fourth with a 7-0 run and never trailed after that.
Anisha Buchanan added 11 points for the Eaglettes and collected seven steals.
Rakelle Riley joined Gunn in double digits with 11.
"Tonight we had a good lesson in survival," Burkey said. "We didn't play our best game but yet we had enough leadership and good plays to pull us through. We showed we have some survivor skills."
The Eaglettes celebrate Senior Night tonight at 6:30 against visiting Tullahoma.