The Jefferson City girls basketball team defeated the Troy Buchanan 52-28 on Feb. 27, ending Troy’s high school girls basketball season.
Bayley Henke led Troy with eight points and four rebounds. Adene Edwards also had four rebounds.
“We had a decent first half, but we struggled scoring the ball,” said Troy Coach Damond Lacy. “The height advantage and physicalness got to us and we gave up 20 offensive rebounds. They scored 40 points in the paint, hit nine free throws and made a 3-pointer, so they were really looking to attack and get the ball inside. I thought our kids played hard and as the game went on, we got more physical, but it was just to late.”
Troy finished the year with a 7-19 record, a disappointing year record wise but also revealed glimpses of a better future.
“I believe if you asked the girls, they would say we underachieved in terms of our self expectations and goals,” said Lacy. “We lost a handful of close ball games and lost a few that we shouldn’t have lost. However, we had large holes to fill after graduation last year and our kids stepped up and filled those roles. Adene Edwards finished third in our conference in points scored, first in rebounds and first in blocked shots. Bayley Henke made more 3-pointers than any other girl in our conference while shooting 38.3 percent from the 3-point line. I feel like we were starting to play better down the stretch, but we just ran out of time.
“I want to thank the seniors for their contributions to the program and say that I look forward to next season. We return a lot of kids with a lot of experience. Expectations are will be higher.”
In their last regular season game, Troy lost 61-59 on Feb. 24 at Fort Zumwalt South. Olivia Mennemeyer led Troy with 12 points and Edwards followed with 10 points and nine rebounds.
This was Coach Lacy’s second season as the girls head coach at Troy Buchanan.