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Jackson girls basketball wins third district title in a row before falling in quarterfinals

The Jackson girls basketball team poses with the Class 6 District 1 Championship for the third-straight time after beating Cor Jesu Academy 42-33 in the title game on March 7 at Fox. Submitted photo

For the third consecutive season, the Jackson girls basketball team hoisted the Class 6 District 1 Championship in order to advance to the state quarterfinals. However, the Indians season came to an end there as they fell to Eureka at 54-38.

In the district tournament, Jackson won every game by double digits and lastly with a 42-33 victory over Cor Jesu Academy in the title game. Indians senior guard Katie Waller had quite the championship performance with a game-high 20 points, while sophomore guard Camryn Alsdorf produced 14.

“You hope that eventually we can take that next step, so maybe in the next year or two, we can find a way to get over the hump,” Indians second-year head coach Adam Stoneking said. “You could tell early on in the summer that we had the ability to be pretty good, especially with Nadia [Wasilewski] coming back. They just took it and ran with it all year.”

In the quarterfinals, Jackson actually took a 14-5 lead after the first quarter, but the Wildcats held the Indians to just three points in the second and put up 18 in the fourth quarter for the 16-point win.

Despite the Indians finishing one win shy of reaching the Class 6 Final Four, Coach Stoneking told them after the game that he has never enjoyed coaching a team more throughout his entire career.

“In my 17 years as a coach, I’ve been in a system that won a state championship, but this was the most fun I’ve had coaching a team,” Stoneking said. “Our focus was on basketball all year — we never dealt with things that had nothing to do with basketball. It was always that focus.

“Everyday they came in with a great attitude, and you can’t ask for more than that. There’s only going to be one team that’s happy at the end of the year, and unfortunately that’s not us. We’re only looking at the positives, though, and how good of a season we had.”

Leading the way offensively for Jackson in its final game of the season was Alsdorf, who produced a team-high 11 points while knocking down a game-high three 3-pointers.

“[Alsdorf] took a huge step forward from last year, and at times last year she was the player she is now that we wanted her to be,” Coach Stoneking said. “She’s fearless — she’s not afraid to go at somebody and is a tenacious defender. Maybe the best one I’ve ever coached.”

However, Alsdorf was the only Indian to reach double-digit scoring as Eureka had three players do so to combine for 35 points as junior guard Bailey Boulay scored a game-high 15 points and had eight in the fourth quarter. Pacing Boulay in scoring with 10 apiece for the Wildcats was senior guard Natalie Harty and freshman Mia Cuneio, who both also hit two shots from beyond the arc.

Pacing Alsdorf in scoring were senior guards Katie Waller, Maci Wendel and junior guard Holland Guilliams as they combined for 21 points with eight, seven and six, respectively. Wendel made two treys, while Waller hit one as well and finished 5-of-6 at the free-throw line.

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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