Lady Trojans win big on opening night
Jenks girls basketball would be hard pressed to find a better beginning to its season, a 60-point victory over Tulsa Webster.
Offense came early and often for the Lady Trojans who cruised to a 74-14 win. The first half saw Jenks take a 38-3 lead, the Lady Warriors’ only points coming on an inbounds three with 2:40 left in the first period.
The game plan was simple, and the Lady Trojans stuck to it.
“It was a good way to start the season,” coach Mike Acord said. “We were excited about the energy and the effort, togetherness. We really wanted to play with that mindset at the beginning of the year.
“Knowing it’s a bit of a rebuilding time for Webster, we just wanted to stick to our principles and do what we do. Play team basketball, play with good effort and I think the girls did a really good job of that.”
Senior Leanne Morris made her comeback to the hardwood in spectacular fashion, leading the Lady Trojans with 23 points on five three-point makes. Morris took some time away from the team last season and on Tuesday night, it looked as though she hadn’t skipped a beat.
“She’s just got a great basketball IQ,” Acord said. “Terrific shooter, great team player. First half she had her shot going and was playing really great defense. Second half, later in the game, she decided to get the rest of the team involved. She’s like our quarterback out there on the court.”
In a lopsided contest, it was important for the Lady Trojans to stick to the script.
“We didn’t get outside of ourselves and we stuck to our principles,” Acord said. “We always talk about, it’s not who we play, it’s how we play and the girls have really embraced that mentality and that mindset. In a game like this, when you get away from your opponent, you want to stick to what you’re doing and not play to the scoreboard.”
The lead kept growing, however, it didn’t faze the Lady Trojans. Late in the contest they weren’t worried about the score, rather, they just wanted to play their brand of basketball.
“We think (sticking to what we’re doing) honors our opponent more than it does trying to change things,” Acord said. “Our girls really did a good job of executing and focusing on the game plan and not just slacking off toward the end of the game, which can be a tendency for some teams in the past, but not this group of young ladies so far.”
The Jenks-Webster games were the first athletic events to take place since the passing of former football coach Allan Trimble to ALS. A moment of silence was held, but Webster felt it needed to honor the late coach as well.
Before the games, Webster’s principal gifted Jenks flowers and a note to the Trimble family. After the game, Acord, whose team donned blue in awareness of ALS, was adamant in his appreciation for the
“We’re most thankful for that, grateful for them for honoring coach Trimble,” he said. “All of our girls came up with the idea once we heard the news to wear blue in honor of ALS awareness. Webster reacted to Coach Trimble spending some time at their school and contributing to them.”
Jenks will play Booker T. Washington at home Dec. 10 in the second game of the regular season.