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December 31, 2013

Sports briefs, Dec. 31

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.

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