East meets West in district battle

Published 2:36 pm Wednesday, January 4, 2017

For the first time this season, the Colts and Jaguars will suit up and battle for county bragging rights.

The East Jessamine and West Jessamine boys and girls basketball teams will take part in a doubleheader Friday night at West Jessamine.

The girls game is set to tip-off at 6 p.m. and the boys game will immediately follow, with tip-off tentatively scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

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Here are some things to watch as the Jessamine County rivalry renews:

End to streaks?

A number of streaks will be on the line Friday night. In the 51st meeting between the boy’s teams, the Cardinals will be looking for their seventh straight win in the rivalry and 33rd victory overall.

After a slow start to the holiday tournament portion of their schedule, the Colts won their final two games of the break to pick up some momentum going into Friday’s game.

The Jaguars nearly picked up some momentum of their own by upsetting Lincoln County Tuesday night. But after an impressive first half, East was hampered by turnovers. They go into the game with a 5-12 record overall, but a 3-3 mark in their past six games.

West coach Damon Kelly noted the Jaguars are playing better than their record indicates and knows his team will need to take care of business to stay in the driver’s seat in the 46th District.

On the girls’ side, the most important streak for the Jaguars is the nine-game losing stretch to start the season. The young, and still learning East Jessamine girls are hoping they can keep an 11-game winning streak against their rivals alive.

That will be a tough task, as the West girls are enjoying one of their best season starts since the schools split nearly a decade ago. The Colts starts the year 7-0  and have won three of their past four, including a 63-39 win over Model in Richmond Tuesday night.

3-point shooting

The West boys will have their work cut out for them defensively on the perimeter Friday. The Jaguars have four players averaging double figures — Drew Cook (16.5), Yallen Woods (11.9), DeAnte Sanon (11.3) and Jacob Bradshaw (10.7). Bradshaw, Cook and Woods are all capable of hitting from deep.

West’s Isaiah Okesson has sank 36 3-pointers this season while averaging 17 points a game. Dalton Bruner (13.5), Kendall Peters (10.2) and Bradly Tullar (8.8) give the Jaguars plenty to worry about.

Ty Caudill (4.8 rebounds a game) and Peters (4.2) will lead the West battle for the boards with East geting 6.7 from Sanon and 4.1 from Woods.

Getting support

The potent West girls trio of Faith Osborne (14.7 points per game), Anna Lee (11.2 ppg) and Anna Rexford (10.2 rebounds a game) with be tough for East to deal with.

If the Jaguars are going to get their first win of the year and keep their streak over their rivals alive, they will need to get some support for senior Jalynn Landversicht (15.6 points a game).