The Jackson Christian girls basketball team hosted the St. Philip Fighting Tigers on Friday night and were looking to pick up another victory on the season. But the Fighting Tigers had other plans for the Royals as they dominated early and took a 13-0 lead en route to a 76-42 victory.
The Royals couldn’t get any offense going early on as it took them almost four minutes to erase the zero on the scoreboard. The Fighting Tigers cruised to a big 36-14 halftime lead.
After adjustments at the half, the Royals came out on fire to try to erase a 31 point deficit. Junior Alexis Hannewald kept driving hard to the basket and when she didn’t score, she got trips to the charity stripe. But in the fourth quarter, the Royals started to tire as the Fighting Tigers kept them at bay on their way to their 8th victory of the season against 4 losses.
The royals were led by Hannewald with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Senior Sierra Chevalier finished the night with 10 points while Cassidy McNeil, who turned 18 on gameday, finished with 8 points. One of the bright spots for the Royals on the evening was a surprise party for McNeil after the game in the school cafeteria attended by her family and friends.
The Royals look to get on the winning track at East Jackson at 7 p.m.