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Jaguars’ 2nd-half offensive surge defuses Chargers in hoops opener

Jayme Balcom

WESTBROOK — The Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther Jaguars girls basketball team utilized a high-octane second-half offensive surge to pace a 65-42 season-opening victory over the Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers on Friday night in Westbrook.

The Jaguars built a narrow 25-22 lead over the Chargers by intermission before doubling the home team’s point production in the second 18-minute half — 40-20 — to net the nonconference tipoff triumph.

Senior point guard Jayme Balcom produced a co-game-best 17 points to complement pocketing five steals and distributing a game-leading five assists to help engineer the Jaguars’ winning ways.

Junior post player Eden Studer netted a co-game-best 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds for the Jaguars, while junior center Michaelah Petrowiak delivered solid all-around numbers of seven points, a game-best eight rebounds and four steals.

Senior small forward Abby Calkins contributed seven points to the Jaguars’ season-opening performance.

The Jaguars connected on 26 of 53 field goals overall for 49 percent, including 4 of 12 attempts behind the 3-point line, and dropped in 9 of 13 from the free throw line.

Junior forward Bethany Byers tallied 15 points to pace Westbrook-Walnut Grove’s effort, while senior forward teammate Camryn Bunting supplied 11 points.

Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther (1-0) plays host to Jackson County Central at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in another nonconference contest in Truman.

Westbrook-Walnut Grove (0-1) plays host to Heron Lake-Okabena/ Fulda on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Westbrook in a Red Rock Conference showdown.

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