By HEATHER BOATMAN, CJ Correspondent
Last night the Somerset High School Lady Jumpers got a little taste of what it was like to compete in a regional tournament, but they are not satisfied with just making it to the tournament. They are hungry to return and finish what they started next season.
Virginia Scott returned to the lineup last night to reassume her role as the team’s leading scorer. Scott scored 17 points in the Lady Jumpers’ 62-43 loss to the defending region champions, Lincoln County.
“It has turned out to be a great season,” stated the Lady Jumpers’ first-year coach Erin Walker. “We started out not the best, but towards the end of this season we played the best ball we had played all year.”
The Lady Jumpers hadn’t seen the light of a region tournament in 10 years and with several key players returning next season Somerset is sure that they can return and are expecting nothing less. However, the Lady Jumpers lose three seniors Bethany Edwards, Jessica Wallace, and Erica Ford.
“We did something this season that nobody had done in the last decade,” Coach Walker began. “We can credit the seniors with that. Bethany stepped up and helped us to win the Rockcastle game when we needed her, Erica has been hitting big threes for us all season, and Jessica’s defense was the key to us beating PC on their home floor.”
The Lady Jumpers kept the score close through most of this game, staying within reach until early in the fourth quarter.
Somerset was the first team to put points on the board when Edwards hit a layup also making the and-one.
Early in the game the Lady Jumpers could not stop the D-1 signee Emily Fox, and allowed her two threes and a couple layups. The first quarter was a high scoring period with the Lady Jumpers trailing by 6, 23-17.
“Virginia did not play for 12 days so she was a little rusty,” Walker stated. “She has been our leading scorer all year.”
In the second quarter the Lady Jumpers played better defense only allowing six points in the period. The only problem was that the Lady Jumpers could not put the ball in their own basket. Somerset only scored four points in the quarter. Both teams made several turnovers in the period but neither of them executing on them. Somerset went into the half behind by eight, 29-21.
In the third quarter the Lady Jumpers contained Fox only giving her two points in the period. Somerset shot their free throws extremely well tonight making 13-of-14 for the game. The Lady Patriots held Somerset to eight points in the quarter ending the quarter with a double-digit lead, 39-29.
In the fourth quarter the Lady Jumpers started to struggle as Lincoln went on an 8-point run. Somerset started to slowly see their dream slip out of their hands. The Lady Jumpers gave a great effort but the Lady Patriots proved to be too much for them as they won 62-43.
“I just want to thank God, our fans, Mr. Randolph, Mr. Cornett, Mr. Naylor, and Coach Tucker for always being their and supporting us,” began Coach Walker. “I also want to thank my coaching staff because I couldn’t of done it with out them helping me.”
The Lady Jumpers ended their season 13-17, not too bad for Coach Walker’s first year with the team. Somerset is eager to return to the regional tournament next year.
SHS: 17 4 8 14 – 43
LCHS: 23 6 10 23 – 62
SOMERSET: Scott 17, Mills 10, Edwards 8, Ford 3, Johnson 3, Brooks 2
LINCOLN: Fox 19, Harris 12, Belcher 9, Hocker 6, Saylor 5, Gilbert, Spangler 4, Honaker 2