Meely’s return sparks 50-point Jenks win over Owasso
It was difficult to see during Jenks girls basketball’s six game losing streak what it all meant.
Staring at a 5-8 record, with everything on the court seeming out of sorts, the Lady Trojans appeared to be heading for a lost season. But after defeating Owasso by more than 50 points Tuesday night, it’s clear what that time of trial and tribulation was for.
“I think the adversity when we went through that six game losing streak against really good teams is the opportunity to grow, to fight through some attitude and body language things, to fight through some coaching things we needed to correct,” coach Mike Acord said. “I think the girls all approached it with the right mindset. They learned through it, they stayed connected together, they fought through.”
Jenks defeated Owasso 82-29 at Frank Herald Fieldhouse Tuesday in a game that saw the Lady Trojans get their season back on track.
Players throughout the roster contributed in the blow-out victory.
“Makenna Burch had high energy, giving the ball up giving it back,” Acord said. “Leanne Morris was moving the ball. Sydney got in a rhythm shooting the basketball. Just from top to bottom it was a great team effort. Everyone was playing unselfish and playing for each other.”
It helped that the Lady Trojans were able to bring a key player back on the court.
At the beginning of the season the fear was that Haley Meely would be lost for the year with a shoulder injury. She came back Tuesday and scored 14 points on three three-pointers.
Her addition only leapfrogged the result against the Rams.
“We just love to play fast, decisive and free and she (Meely) brings that to us,” Acord said. “Our energy on defense, we played attacking defense, we played with rhythm on offense, we played with a great attitude. It’s throughout the whole team but to have one more player like that (is great).”
Makenna Burch has been the steady scoring hand for the Lady Trojans throughout the year, she scored 23 points against Owasso. Burch says the team will benefit from having another playmaker at their disposal.
“I think it’ll just help us a lot having another ball handler bring the ball up the court and to facilitate the ball to everybody,” she said.
For some on the outside, it may not have been clear to see the direction of the program during the losing streak. The players and coaching staff never wavered from what they thought they could be, what they knew they could be.
“The team we thought we were going to be, the team we thought we were toward the end of last year and in the summer is the team you saw tonight,” Acord said. “It was great to have our team back on the court tonight.”
If they keep up the level of play displayed against Owasso, anything is possible.
“Hopefully we’re peaking at the right time, playoff seedings coming out in a couple weeks,” Acord said. “We’re going to be a very dangerous team. We’re excited to be back.
“If we stay healthy, the sky is the limit with this team.”
Jenks travels to Muskogee Friday night to take on the Lady Roughers. Tip off is at 6:30 p.m.
Burch Scores 1,000th Career Point
Makenna Burch hit a rare career milestone during the Jenks/Union Invitational.
The senior guard scored her 1,000th career point Saturday against East Central in the final round of the tournament. East Central is coached by her uncle and she shared the court with her cousin, making the game all the more special.
“To me it’s a huge accomplishment because there have been times where I went through hardships with basketball,” Burch said. “I never thought I would score my 1,000th point. It’s a really big accomplishment for me.”