2nd-half surge propels Jasper past Chargers

From Herald sources

CAMPBELLTOWN — It seemed to take the Jasper girls a little bit to shake off the holiday rust in their final game of the calendar year, but a huge second half proved the difference Monday night as the Wildcats rallied for a 47-33 win over Pike Central.


Brooke Nottingham paced all scorers with 18 points, 12 of those coming in the deciding second half. Aspen Sermersheim was the only other scorer in double figures, as she finished with 10, eight of those coming after intermission.

Jasper played the Chargers to a 9-9 tie by the end of the first quarter, then fell behind 19-15 by halftime.

After Coach Jessica Mehringer made some adjustments in the locker room, the Wildcats found new life and started their comeback.

Kendyl Ruhe, who scored all of her eight points after halftime, led the way early in the third period, scoring eight of the first 12 points for the Wildcats. Sermersheim sank a pair of free throws and a field goal, while Nottingham recorded two buckets and a charity toss for a 31-25 advantage heading into the final frame.

The Wildcats outdistanced Pike Central in the fourth quarter, 16-8, on three field goals by Nottingham, one of those being Jasper’s only 3-pointer of the night, as well as a pair of field goals by Sermersheim. Ruhe and Izzy Hopf recorded field goals down the stretch to put the finishing touches on the 14-point victory.

The Wildcats next travel to Evansville Harrison on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. tipoff.

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