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Girls basketball: John Jay in hunt for league title

Coming off a disappointing performance at Hen Hud last Friday night, the John Jay girls basketball team clamped down on the defensive end to get back on track on Tuesday with a 46-32 win over Carmel at home.

“We played really, really good defense,” said head coach Greg Blake, whose team led 27-17 at the half and then held the Sailors to only two points in the third quarter to go up 41-19.

The Indians beat Brewster on Wednesday, 51-47, to raise their record to 9-8, and improved to 5-1 in their league with two league games left to play — putting them in position to win the league title.

“If we can win two of the last three, the worst we can do is tie for the league,” said Blake after Tuesday’s win. “The kids are excited. They’re going to go for it.”

Sarah Lang had a big night on Wednesday in Brewster with 20 points, while Sydney Glenn and Elish Newcomb each tallied 10 points. Molly Newcomb and Delaney Spencer had four points each and Sasha Puglisi added three points.

In Tuesday’s win, Glenn and Delaney Spencer led the scoring with 10 points each, while Elish Newcomb came off the bench to score nine points. Molly Newcomb hit for five points and Lang and Puglisi each had four points. Jordan Johnson scored two points and Hailey Spencer and Tierney Spencer added one point each.

On Friday night, the Indians came out flat and were down by 12 points, 27-15, at halftime. They roared back in the fourth quarter but came up just short in a 44-42 loss.

“I don’t know what happened in the first half. We didn’t look sharp at all,” said Blake. “We played a great second half.”

The Indians got to within two points on two occasions in the fourth quarter but couldn’t pull even.

“We missed some easy shots. They just didn’t go down,” he said. “We just didn’t have enough left.”

John Jay missed 12 lay-ups in the game.

“You can’t missed 12 lay-ups and expect to win. I don’t care who you’re playing,” Blake said.

Three Indians hit for double figures, led by Lang’s 17 points. Molly Newcomb an Puglisi each had 10 points. Glenn added five points.

The Sailors drained eight three-pointers in the game.

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