---- — 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.
Snyder also noted Cierra Tinder, Iesha Wallace and Haleigh Parrish for their defensive sparks.
“It was a good team effort and a nice win for us,” he said.
Kokomo snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 5-4 while JC dropped to 5-7. Next up for the Kats is a make-up game against Huntington North on Thursday at Memorial Gym.
Club Kokomo has events today, Wednesday
Club Kokomo is offering a chance for runners to close 2013 and open 2014 with CK events.
Today is the New Year’s Eve 5K run and walk, set for 2 p.m. at the UAW Local 292 Fellowship Hall, 1201 West Alto Rd. Registration will open at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $12 with all proceeds benefiting the Coyote Kids summer running and Mike Cowan Scholarship programs. Entry forms are available by visiting www.ckrr.us. The entry fee includes a soup buffet, special awards and prize drawings for gym memberships and gift certificates. For more information, call 765-437-6268 or 765-210-2281.
Wednesday is a special edition of the Jackie Sanders Miracle Mile and Joe Rangel 5K run and walk, set for noon in Highland Park. The CK-sponsored races are accurately measured, will be timed and are free. Registration opens at 11:45 a.m. at the concession stand shelter and races will start promptly at noon. For more information call 765-437-6268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.