By KEVIN HARRIS
JEFFERSONVILLE – Jeffersonville ended the regular season in victorious fashion Friday night at Johnson Arena with a 49-36 victory over Castle. The Red Devils (16-7) have won five games in a row and eight of their last nine contests.
In her final game at Johnson Arena, Jeff senior guard Jhala Henry scored a game-high 11 points. Freshman forward Nan Garcia was the only other Red Devil to score in double figures with 10. Jeff junior Jaylynn Brown had eight and teammate Chelsea Gibson tallied seven.
The Devils took full control of the contest in the third quarter. Holding a 22-15 halftime lead, Jeff scored the first six points of the stanza to extend its advantage to 28-15 at the 6:08 mark. The 6-0 spurt propelled the Red Devils to outscore the Knights (15-7) 19-9 in the quarter and increase their lead to 41-24. Jessica Nunge led Castle by matching Henry for game-high scoring honors with 11 points.
Jeff will play either Bedford North Lawrence (16-4) or Seymour (15-7) in the second semifinal of the Class 4A Floyd Central Sectional at about 7:30 p.m. next Friday. The Red Devils defeated both teams during the regular season. They downed the Stars on Nov. 19 at home 43-34. Jeff won in overtime Jan. 17 at Seymour 65-61.
JEFFERSONVILLE 49, CASTLE 36
Castle 11 4 9 12-36
Jeff 14 8 19 8-49
Castle (15-7): Jessica Nunge 11, Julia Pate 10, Jalaya Dowell 6, Chloe Mills 5, Sara Hofmann 2, McKenna Tutt 2.
Jeff (16-7): Jhala Henry 11, Nan Garcia 10, Jaylynn Brown 8, Chelsea Gibson 7, Tori Handley 6, Kelsie James 3, Britney Epperson 2, Jasmine Lilly 2.
3-point field goals: Castle 3 (Pate 2, Mills 1); Jeff 5 (Henry 2, Garcia 1, Handley 1, James 1).