Any fears that the No. 15 Labette Cardinals would overlook Washburn JV, which came into Monday night’s game with two wins over Labette’s KJCCC sister school Fort Scott, were quickly quelled as the Cardinals ran away with an 81-44 victory.
Labette staked a 19-3 lead through the first quarter and extend the lead every quarter the rest of the night.
“We just told the girls we couldn’t come out flat and overlook them,” Labette head coach Mitch Rolls said. “We came out really strong. Our top five or seven are really figuring things out. We’re trying to bring along two or three more to add to our depth going into January.”
Denijsha Wilson led the Cardinals with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting while adding three steals to her night’s work.
“She’s fixed her shot,” Rolls said. “She’s a consistent 3-point shooter, she can get to the rim and everything she’s added to her game is showing in the statistics.”
Other notable performances for Labette included freshman Jayla Smith, who had 11 points and four rebounds, and Diamond Jones, who had 10 points and three assists.
Labette’s offense, which shot under 40% in its first six games of the season, surpassed 50% for the second straight night as the Cardinals hit 34-of-64 shots.
“They’re getting to see where we can score in our offense,” Rolls said. “We’re trying to run offense and get that second and third group to be able to do it. We’re getting better looks and the kids are knocking them down, so I’m happy about it.”
Washburn JV was led in scoring by Kenya Medlock, who had 15 points.
Labette, now 6-3 overall on the season, goes into Thanksgiving break after playing three games in six days and eight games in 17 days.
“Three days off always scares a coach in the middle of the season,” Rolls said. “Once we get them back, we’ll have to get back in shape. We’ll ramp things up a little bit and get ready for this next run.”
Labette’s next tilt is scheduled for Dec. 2 at home against Missouri Southern JV.
“Now’s the time when we’re trying to add to our depth,” Rolls said. “We want to fill that eighth, ninth and 10th spot on the roster. This is a great time to rest kids that get a lot of mileage and find those girls.”
No. 15 Labette 81, Washburn JV 44
Labette: 19 22 22 18 — 81
Washburn: 3 16 12 13 — 44
Labette: Kymora Westerfield 4, Jayla Smith 11, Diamond Jones 10, Shanice Uwase 8, Nicole Ajayi 6, Jamie Moore 8, Denijsha Wilson 15, Jordan Chiles 6, Ariah Powell 7, Dedriona Pope 2, Angel Williams 4
Washburn JV: Taylor Carpenter 1, Ashley Douglas 2, Libby Stallbaumer 2, Daphne Williams 6, Hannah Willey 10, Rachel Frakes 4, Kenya Medlock 15, Morgan Holloway 4