ARGOS — The Argos Lady Dragons suffered through a poor shooting night at Phil Weybright Gymnasium as the North Judson Lady Jays beat them 47-41 Thursday.
After playing and shooting so well on Tuesday against Culver Girls Academy, Argos didn't quite have the same intensity level against North Judson and Coach Gary Teel felt that was a contributing factor.
"I was concerned about how we played so well and with so much intensity against CGA and, at times when you have one of those outstanding games and you get a tremendous win, you get a little bit of a dip in the intensity level," he said. "I think at the beginning of the game we didn't match the intensity level that North Judson brought to the table."
The game started off slow from an offensive stand point for both teams, as the Jays held a 9-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. And it was more of the same in the second quarter as the visitors were only able to push the lead out to 16-14.
Neither team was able to get much done against the others' stifling defense. Both teams played better in the second half, but neither team was able to put a strangle hold on the lead. The score was tied 29-29 after three.
Then the Blue Jays got hot and went on a 9-0 run to start off the fourth quarter and never relinquished the lead from there. Argos was never really able to close that gap.
The Blue Jays were led by senior Jordann Frasure who scored 9 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter, including hitting key free throws to close out the game.
Coach Deb Bolen spoke about her improvement at the line.
"Jordann Frasure was on her game tonight," Bolen said. "She has really stepped up her free throw shooting. She had the ball in her hand at the end of the game and did what she needed to do. I thought our kids did pretty well at the free throw line." Argos was not able to capitalize on its size advantage inside, and both coaches felt that was a key to the game.
"I felt like we were going to have a tough time with their height," said Bolen. "Kayla Zimmerman played bigger than she is. She has kids that try to out-man her, but she steps in there and plays tough defense. Overall I am pretty impressed with what our kids did."
"We need to start working from the inside out," said Teel. "Let our post players get some points inside and when they start to double down on them, pass it back out for open shots. North Judson is a nice ball club. Deb has done a nice job with them. She's a first-year coach, and she has them playing pretty well and with a lot of confidence. Our kids play with 110 percent and they never give up. Had we shot the ball better, it's a different game."
Argos drops to 5-4 and will travel to Caston on Dec. 18 at 7:30 ET. North Judson is now 7-2 and will host Tippecanoe Valley on Dec. 20 at 7 CT.
• NORTH JUDSON 47, ARGOS 41
Score by quarters
Judson: 9 16 29 47
Argos: 8 14 29 41
JUDSON (47): Megan Block 2, Mackenzie Brandt 2, Taylor Brandt 0, Haley Frasure 5, Jordann Frasure 26, Lexi Messer 0, Danielle Sallee 0, Darian Stalbaum 0, Kayla Zimmerman 12; Totals: 16 12-19 47.
ARGOS (41): Jami Patterson 7, Karlee VanDerWeele 8, Kayla Prochno 6, Shelby Sanders 6, Amanda Middleton 6, Libby Moyer 6, Kelsey Kring 2, Val Rospopo 0; Totals: 18 2-5 41.
3-pointers: Judson 3 (Zimmerman 2, H. Frasure 1), Argos 3 (Sanders 2, Patterson 1); Rebounds: Judson 31 (J. Frasure 10, Zimmerman 9), Argos 32 (VanDerWeele 8, Moyer 7); Turnovers: Judson 9, Argos 12; Steals: Judson 6 (Stalbaum 3, Zimmerman 3), Argos 2; Assists: Judson 9 (Zimmerman 2, Sallee 2, J. Frasure 2), Argos 7 (Sanders 3); Fouls (fouled out): Judson 12 (none), Argos 15 (Sanders).
Records: Judson 7-2, Argos 5-4.
JV score: Judson 48, Argos 43.