“Dressed to the Nines.” That would be a pair of nine-point runs propelled the Llano Lady Jackets to a 45-28 win over Gatesville, January 11, and a 2-1 record in district 8-AAA play.
Burnet, at 3-0, the only unbeaten team in the league, visited Llano, January 14, after press time.
“We finally played basketball,” head coach Daryl Friedrich said of the win over the Hornets. “We did things we work on; I loved what I saw at the end.”
He liked about a 90-second segment in the opening quarter, too. His bunch needed that little time to break out to a 9-0 lead. Taylor Durham hit a three-point field goal in the stretch.
“It was exciting,” declared Durham, a good shooter from outside, but she hasn’t put up many shots this season. “I haven’t had a lot of looks,” she acknowledged, but added that the Gatesville defense backed up on that play to cover Claire Williams in the paint.
Llano didn’t do much of anything for the last five minutes of the first period and only led 11-7 early in the second. Then came a repeat nine-point parade. Jessica Wunderlich had five points in the stanza:
“…Jordan will inbound, tosses into Redden….Gets it back…in the front court to Hasty…two on two…Hasty down low to Wunderlich! She scores! Jordan to Hasty to Wunderlich for the two!!”
It was 20-10 at intermission.
Witnesses for the D: “They buy into it,” insisted Friedrich. “It’s our bread and butter. We don’t shoot the ball well enough not to play good, solid defense.”
“I’m definitely better on defense,” Lacey Redden asserted with a hint of a smile. “I like to anticipate (opponents’) passes.” She has done just that the last couple of games. More evidence in the Lampasas game story.
Cierra Caffey tossed in a three for one of the Jackets’ two baskets in the third quarter. The lead, though, did not decrease; it improved to 29-18.
“…Shot blocked nicely by Lacey Redden…long pass by Jordan to Hasty…drives! Up and In! Oh my goodness, did Llano need that!! Jordan with the fine assist.”
That made the score 33-21, and the issues were pretty much settled. Wunder had a game-high 14 points, all in the last three quarters. Cierra Jordan and Williams had eight each.
“The girls stepped up big,” said Friedrich. “It was not a CJ kind of night (scoring). I told them they need to step up, and they all joined in.”
“We’re getting more confidence in our game,” Durham stated, “and that will pay off.
“All of us seniors have rallied together; we want to go back to the playoffs so bad (for the first time since 2010) to make it a year to remember.”