NORTH VERNON – The Lady Lions traveled to Jennings County Saturday and after a slow first quarter, rebounded to take a one point lead at the half. The Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Lions by five points in the second half to hold on for the 56-52 victory.
The Lady Lions fall to 3-3 on the year. The Lady Panthers improve to 2-3.
Jennings County controlled the first quarter – outscoring the Lady Lions 18-5. Six points by both Kenna Meschino and Addyson Kent paced the host squad in the opening eight minutes. Buckets by Annika Marlow and Tori Campbell and a free throw by Isabella Runnebohm were all for the Lady Lions in the early going.
The Lady Lions flipped the scenario on the Lady Panthers in the second quarter by outscoring Jennings County 21-7. Marlow took over offensively for the Lady Lions with nine points, including a pair of bombs. Lexi Morris also hit from beyond the 3-point arc as the Lady Lions rallied to lead 26-25 lead at the half.
Jennings County regained the lead in the third. Six Lady Panthers scored in the quarter, led by Lily Ernstes with four points. Abby Buckley scored all six of her points in the third quarter to help keep the Lady Lions within striking distance. After three quarters, the Lady Panthers led 39-36.
Kent led the Lady Panthers in the fourth quarter with nine points, including six from the free throw line. Jennings County scored 10 points from the charity stripe in the quarter. Marlow hit another pair from downtown in the fourth. Briley Munchel connected from beyond the arc and Olivia Yager hit three free throws, but the Lady Lions could not get over the hump and fell 56-52.
For the Lady Lions, Marlow had 21 points followed by Campbell eight, Buckley six, Yager five, Morris five, Munchel three, Kourtney Ash two and Runnebohm two.
In the junior varsity game, Rushville knocked off the Lady Panthers 34-23.
Belle Gossett led the Lady Lions with 17 points. Josie Fields added eight followed by Cassidy Tellas four, Emily Hadley two, Molly Zachery two and Olivia Wehr one.
The Lady Lions travel to Richmond (4-3) today. The junior varsity game is set for 6 p.m. with the varsity following.