FORT WAYNE—Two weeks into the girls basketball season, the Lady Jets played their first game.
Such is the penalty for a regional volleyball title as a slightly rusty Adams Central squad fell to an athletic Blackhawk Christian team 42-33 on Friday night.
The Lady Braves, now 2-2, clearly had a grasp on the game plan. Get the ball to 6'1" Brittney Chalfant.
The senior scored eight of her 22 points in the first frame to give the Lady Braves an early head start up 14-5 after one quarter.
"We've had four weeks of practice without a game," noted AC coach Sam Beer. "We got a little stir-crazy not playing against anybody else but our own teammates. We had some jitters in the first quarter but we leveled out."
The Lady Jets had a few buckets fall for them early in the game including a Bess Fiechter runner that tied the score at 4-4. AC would only muster a free throw for the final five minutes of the first quarter as Blackhawk stifled the perimeter passing game for the Jets who forced several shots to no avail.
"It was difficult for us to get into our offensive sets with this being our first game," explained coach Beer. "We've been scrimmaging each other for weeks but for some of these girls this was their first experience at the varsity level."
In the second quarter, the Lady Jets' offense was sparked by a Katie Carroll offensive rebound as the junior put the ball back up for a lay-up and the foul. After the free throw, AC found themselves down 10-16. Blackhawk's Mariah Moonen responded with her only basket of the game, a three-pointer that banked off the glass putting the home team up 19-10.
The Jets clawed back to within five heading into the break at 21-16.
Chalfant picked up right where she left off in the first half. The Braves guards went straight to their go-to scorer in the post who scored on the first possession with a turnaround jumper from 10-feet out pushing the lead to seven.
The Jets also came out firing, however, and cut the lead to two points at 23-21 behind a diversity of scoring from several different Jets thanks to some good ball movement.
Blackhawk's top scorer, Hannah Henry, was quiet in the first half but made a big jumper with 3:19 left in the third to break the ice for the Braves putting them back up by four at 25-21. The Braves would take advantage of AC getting sloppy with the basketball.