The Pioneer Ridge eighth grade girls varsity basketball team wrapped up a perfect 16-0 season and won the Frontier league title last week with a 44-26 win at Baldwin last week. Submitted photo


The Lady Jaguars traveled to Baldwin with the goal of finishing their season with a perfect 16 and 0 record.
The Jags and Bulldogs battled in a physical first quarter trading baskets to open the quarter. The Jags tightened their defense in the remaining minutes of the opening period and found themselves with a 5 point lead after the first quarter.
“The girls started the game a little tight with a perfect season at stake, but once they relaxed they really played well”, said Coach Jeff Davidson.
The nerves were gone in the second quarter as the six different Jags contributed to an 18 to 3 run that extended their lead to 20 points. The Jags transition game kicked into high gear as the defense would get the steal and quickly convert it into points at the other end. On a couple of occasions the Jags got the rebound, hit the outlet, and then made one more pass to make an open layup at the other end with the ball only hitting the floor once.
“The girls have done a great job running our transition offense all year and today was a good example of their ability to score quickly,” added Davidson.
The Jags went into the halftime locker room with a 31 to 11 lead.
In the second half the Jags focused on running their offense and slowing down the pace. The Jags and Bulldogs traded baskets, and the Jags never allowed the Bulldogs to make a run.
The Lady Jaguars defeated the Bulldogs 44 to 26 and finished their season perfect. The 16 and 0 season marked the first in the history of Pioneer Ridge varsity girls’ basketball.
“I am very proud of the girls and how hard they worked this season to improve their skills. They played hard for each other and demonstrated the qualities of excellent teammates,” said Davidson. With the win the Jags not only finished their season undefeated, but were also Frontier League Champions.