Butler County Times Gazette
  • Central splits games with Derby

  • Andover Central split a pair of games with Derby Tuesday night in Andover.
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  • Andover Central split a pair of games with Derby Tuesday night in Andover.
    The Lady Jaguars opened with an impressive 59-40 win but the Jaguars weren't as fortunate as Derby came from behind to win 69-54.
    The Jags and Lady Jags are back in action Friday for homecoming against Ark City.
    The Lady Jags took control of their game early and never looked back. They jumped out to a 4-3 lead before Masen Stamp scored seven straight points to push the lead to 11-3. The first quarter ended with ACHS up 13-3.
    Stamp – who finished with a game-high 18 points – and Brooke Pederson – who scored 15 – extended Central's lead to 21-3 early in the second period.
    Derby had no answers for the pressure of Central's defense or their offense that was equally effective in transition and forcing it inside in a half-court set.
    Central led 30-13 at the half and extended that to 47-27 after three quarters.
    Becca Schulte was tough inside on defense with several blocks and just as many shots changed. Schulte also scored seven points. Katie Kretchmar continued to control the glass with offensive and defensive rebounds. She also scored 10 points Tuesday.
    Amanda Kakoulias also added a spark off the bench with hustle on the defensive end.
    The Jaguars got off to a quick start, but when the shots stopped falling, they struggled with an athletic Derby team.
    Darraja Parnell hit a quick basket and Chris Forbes knocked down a three before Zach Lock scored to make the score 7-0 right out of the gate.
    The Jags extended the lead to 14-4 before the Panthers rallied. The first quarter ended with ACHS still on top 21-15, but the Panthers had momentum on their side.
    Central scored only nine points in the second period as Derby came from behind to hold a 32-30 lead at intermission.
    The Jaguars offensive woes continued after the half as Derby extended the lead to 50-43 after three quarters. Parnell fouled out early in the fourth period and the bad news continued as the Jaguars went on to lose 69-54.
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