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Jackson girls basketball team rattles off four-straight wins

Jackson 5-foot-7 junior guard Holland Guilliams (right) and 5-11 senior post Aubrey Brothers (left) combined for 21 points in the Indians 63-38 win over North County on Jan. 5 and 19 points in a 63-39 rout of Cape Central Jan. 12. Photo by Nick McNeal

After losing their third game of the season in the First State Community Bank Holiday Classic Championship Game to Notre Dame back on Dec. 22, the Jackson girls basketball team has yet to lose a game in the new year.

The Indians (10-3, 2-0 SEMO Conference) have now, in fact, won four games in a row heading into the Lindbergh Invitational this week, which Jackson won last season one month before claiming their second-straight Class 6 District 1 Championship.

Jackson won three of these games by double digits with the largest margin of victory being a 25-point, 63-38 win over North County (8-7) on Jan. 5. Leading the Indians in scoring versus the Raiders was 5-foot-11 senior post Aubrey Brothers, who produced 14 points in the winning effort.

Jackson 5-7 sophomore guard Camryn Alsdorf and 5-10 senior guard Katie Waller each scored 11 points while combining for five 3-pointers with three and two, respectively.

The Indians next biggest win came over SEMO Conference opponent Cape Central (9-8, 1-2 SEMO), which was by 24 points at 63-39. Waller put up 20 points over the Tigers as Alsdorf and 5-7 junior guard Holland Guilliams both recorded 13 points.

Waller produced a second 20-point outing in Jackson’s 47-36 win over Nerinx Hall (6-12) Jan. 7 as she knocked down five 3s, hitting three of them in the first half. She also went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Katie was the only Indian to reach double figures in the scoring column as Alsdorf hit three treys of her own for nine points, while Guilliams also had a 3-pointer to finish with five points.

Coming up with six points over Nerinx Hall to finish as Jackson’s third-leading scorer behind Waller and Alsdorf was Brothers, who made 2-of-4 free throws.

In Jackson’s final win and closest of its four-game streak, the Indians defeated out-of-state Graves County (Kentucky) 48-39 in the annual Indians Showcase on Jan. 14. Leading Jackson in scoring was none other than Waller, who came up with 17 points after hitting two 3s and finishing 9-for-10 at the charity stripe.

Four other Indians scored six or more points, though, as 5-5 senior guard Maci Wendel finished with nine while making seven of her 10 free throws. Alsdorf and Guilliams both scored seven points of their own as Brothers produced six.

Jackson is the No. 2 in this year’s Lindbergh Invitational behind No. 1 Helias Catholic (13-3), while Marquette (N/A) is No. 3, MICDS (7-6) No. 4, Lindbergh (6-4) No. 5, Francis Howell (N/A) No. 6, Kirkwood (N/A) No. 7 and Mapelwood Richmond Heights (6-8) No. 8.

After that, the Indians will travel to Doniphan (14-1) on Monday and then host conference opponent Poplar Bluff (6-10, 2-1) on Feb. 2.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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