NEW BLOOMFIELD, Mo. — The Jamestown Eagles girls basketball team is still searching for its first win of the year, after a tough 58-28 loss to the New Bloomfield Wildcats on Dec. 21. The team is now 0-6 early in the season.
The Eagles found themselves in a hole early as they ended the first quarter trailing 22-4. In the second quarter, New Bloomfield led 30-4 with just over 6 minutes to go before half time. Annabelle Sumner got Jamestown on the board in the quarter as she made it 32-6 with just over 5 minutes to go. Sumner scored four of the team's five points in the quarter. The team trailed 34-9 with just under 1 minute to go after a free throw by Ginna Meisenheimer. The team entered halftime down 38-9.
The Eagles offense had a bit more success after halftime, as the team made five three-pointers throughout the half. Fifteen of the team's 19 points in the second half came from the three point ball.
Head coach Kirstyn Conley said making those shots helps the team's confidence when it comes to its shooting.
"Confidence in our shooting has been a problem all year," Conley said. "We do it in practice, but whenever we get into a game, the girls are a kind of gun shy. Olivia Oenly stepped up in the last quarter, and two or three of them for us. I hope that helps her confidence and allows her to keep doing that in a game because it definitely helps us at the end of the game."
In the third quarter, a three-pointer by Sumner made it a 47-15 game with less than 2:30 to go. Later, a free throw by Maddie Sedgwick made it a 47-17 game. New Bloomfield led 51-17 at the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Jamestown found a positive, as the team was able to outscore New Bloomfield 11-7. Jamestown also had a foul advantage in the game, as the Eagles committed 11 fouls to New Bloomfield's 16.
Conley said the big reason for that advantage was the team was not lazy and kept moving their feet to get into position.
Olivia Oenly led the team with 10 points, while Sumner and Meisenheimer both added seven points each.
The team's next game is Dec. 28 as the eighth seeded Eagles will play the number one seed Stoutland Tigers in the first round of the Stover tournament. The tournament goes from Dec. 28-Jan. 4.