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Girls basketball: Defense keys win over Somers

You can’t always have good shooting nights, but you can always play good defense.

That’s how coach Greg Blake summed up the John Jay girls basketball team’s 40-31 win at Somers last Friday, as the Indians continued to struggle offensively but used a great defensive effort to shut down the Tuskers.

“We probably played one of our better defensive games. We really stepped it up,” said Blake. “If you hold a team to under 15 points in a half, you better be winning, no matter how you’re shooting.”

The Indians (6-6) snapped a two-game losing skid.

John Jay took a 27-15 lead into halftime, but scored only 13 second-half points. Somers cut the lead to 36-29 after three quarter but were held to only two points in the final quarter.

“We struggled shooting the ball again,” said Blake.

Senior guard Delaney Spencer set the tone early, defensively, with her intense play at the top of John Jay’s 1-3-1 zone.

“She was all over the gym,” Blake  said. “They all picked it up after that.”

Sarah Lang led the way with 10 points and nine rebounds. Spencer and Sydney Glenn each hit for nine points, with Glenn also pulling down six rebounds. Molly Newcomb and Sasha Puglisi scored six points each.

The Indians travel to Hen Hud on Friday for a 4:30 game, and host Carmel on Monday at 6.

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