TJCA girls cruise past Pine Lake, 53-39
The TJCA Gryphon girl's basketball team used a combination of size and speed to to blow by Pine Lake 53-39.
TJCA bolted to an 8-2 lead by going inside. Ellen Kirkpatrick scored on a pair of put-backs and Victoria Bennett also garnered an offensive rebound and layup in the spurt.
Madi Coffing then went on a personal 4-0 run for the Pride but TJCA turned to the speed of Anna Dedmon who beat her defender down the floor for easy layups or she drew contact.
As a result, the Gryphons had grabbed a 14-8 lead after the first quarter.
Pine Lake Prep opened the second quarter on an 8-2 run to tie the contest at 16-16 on a Cailynn Burby three.
TJCA answered as Bennett went back to work. The senior was a force on the glass, grabbing numerous rebounds and second chance points.
When the dust settled TJCA had grabbed a 25-18 lead at the break.
Bennett picked up her third foul early in the next frame and was sent to the bench. Pine Lake then began to claw back in the game. By the time Coffing nailed a three, the Lady pride had pulled to within 31-28.
Dedmon then converted a coast-to-coast layup to make the tally 31-28 at the end of the third.
TJCA went on a quick 5-0 run to open the final frame. Dedman connected on a shot from beyond the arc and Rachel Tevis stole the inbounds pass for the easy score.
From that point the Lady Gryphons went to a 1-3-1 trap and it paid huge dividends. Dedmon used her speed and quickness at the top of the trap as TJCA was able to pull away late for the 53-39 win.
Dedmon led TJCA with 18 points while Bennett poured in 17.