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North Adams’ Katie Pertuset goes up to block this Ripley shot in the second half of JV girls action last Thursday night in Ripley. The Lady Devils fell to 8-5 on the season with a 42-23 loss to the Lady Jays.
To North Adams JV girls coach Brock Caldwell goes the old saying, " you can't shoot it for them." That is how Caldwell must have been feeling after his team put together a struggling offensive effort last Thursday night in Ripley an d suffered their fifth loss of the season, falling to the JV Lady Jays by a count of 42-23.
The offensive troubles were apparent from the get-go as the Lady Devils failed to make a single field goal in the entire first quarter and had a Katie Pertuset free throw as their single point in the opening seven minutes. Meanwhile, the Lady Jays were red-hot from long distance, getting a pair of three-pointers from Alayna Blackburn and another from Alyssa Cornelius to grab a quick 13-1 advantage.
A pair of buckets from Haley Crews got the offense for North Adams started and Pertuset also added a pair of scores in the second period, but Ripley, getting another Blackburn three and four points from Suzanne Dragoo, still outscored the Lady Devils 11-9 to take a comfortable 24-10 advantage to the halftime locker room.
The switch of baskets after the break did nothing to change the shooting luck of the Lady Devils as the visitors managed just a single field goal in the third quarter, that being a Cassie Davis three-pointer. The Lady Jays never let up and the quick hands on defense of Shaunee Bruce produced a pair of easy baskets as the Ripley girls continued to roll, leading 34-14 after three.
The fourth quarter belonged to North Adams' Allyson Campton, who came to life and score seven points, including a three-pointer. Meanwhile, the Jays' Dragoo positioned herself perfectly under the basket a to take advantage of a gambling Devils' defense, getting two easy buckets and then a free throw as the Lady Jays coasted to the easy 42-23 win.
For the winners, Alayna Blackburn led the way with 10 points, with Shaunee Bruce and Suzanne Dragoo adding 9 each. Alyssa Cornelius scored 6 for a balanced Ripley scoring attack.
North Adams was topped by Allyson Campton's 7 points, with Katie Pertuset and Haley Crews adding 5 apiece.