Love’s hot shooting keys Lady Kats’ win
Kokomo’s girls basketball team needed an offensive spark against Jay County. Senior guard Jasmine Love provided it.
Love hit four 3-pointers, including three in the third quarter, to lead Kokomo to a 40-33 win Monday night at Memorial Gym.
The Lady Kats trailed 14-10 in the final minute of the opening half. Love hit her first 3-pointer with :14 remaining to make it a one-point game at halftime.
Kokomo then outscored Jay County 16-1 in the third quarter to take control of the game at 29-15. Love went 3 of 3 from 3-land to key the surge.
“She is a great leader for us,” Kokomo coach Jason Snyder said. “She was very good for us [Monday].”
Gabrielle Smith also provided a spark in the decisive quarter with four points, two steals and an assist.
Kokomo was 5 of 10 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-land, in the quarter while JC was 0 of 6 from the field. In addition, the Kats played error-free while forcing the Patriots into five turnovers.
“We talked about how this was a regional-type opponent,” Snyder said. “Jay County plays close games, it’s a grind every possession. It took us a little while to figure out how we could get it into the flow of our offense. The girls did a nice job in the second half, being able to get into a little bit of a rhythm. We had better rotation and movement of the offense and better ball movement.”
JC outplayed Kokomo in the fourth quarter, drawing to within seven with 1:38 remaining and to within five at :26 before Kokomo put it away. JC hurt itself by making just 5 of 13 free throw attempts in the final quarter and 11 of 21 for the game.
Love finished with 12 points to lead a balanced attack. Smith and Alanis Jones had eight points apiece and Schnetavia Williams had six. Jones also had seven rebounds.