Regardless of how much a basketball team struggles, getting shut out for an entire game is the rarest of rarities.
But Mt. Juliet Christian’s girls were on the positive side of this unique situation Wednesday afternoon with a 52-0 blanking at Carroll Academy in Huntingdon.
The Lady Saints led 20-0 following the first quarter and 34-0 at halftime as they improved to 3-1.
Carroll Academy is a day school operated by the Carroll County Juvenile Court for at-risk students who are ordered to attend by the court.
“They have very few girls in school … and more boys get in trouble than girls,” said MJCA athletic director/boys’ coach Paul Christensen, whose Saints completed the double-header sweep with an 80-51 victory. “They do a great work.
“It’s like [the old] Taft [Youth Center] except the kids go home at night.”
Taft, which was located in Bledsoe County on the Cumberland Plateau, was operated by the state and fielded a football team which played an all-road schedule. It played several times at Watertown and Friendship Christian through the years until it was closed a few years ago.
Carroll Academy, a TSSAA member [unlike Taft], fields teams in volleyball and softball [both girls’ sports] in addition to basketball, according to the school’s website.
Christensen, who has scheduled Carroll for several years, said his girls’ coach, Casey Colter, tried to keep the score down against a team which had not won a game going into this season since 2005, a run of 213 straight losses, according to the McKenzie Banner website of a story posted in May referring to the program being featured on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”.
“Casey did everything he could to work with them,” Christensen said. “But there are so few girls. They are made to play by the courts.”
Bailey Jarrett led the Lady Saints with 15 points while Meredith Orr tossed in 12, Amanda Wall and Lauren Wankel nine each, Caroline Scott four and Carly Hummel a free throw.
In the boys’ game, Mt. Juliet Christian led 22-13 following the first quarter and 41-25 at halftime as the Saints squared their record at 2-2.
“Their boys are very athletic,” Christensen said of the Jaguars. “They lack discipline as far as running plays.
“I’m glad we weren’t in a track meet with them.”
Zack Jones totaled 23 points for the Saints while Newman Ward knocked down 19 and Alex Graves nine. Drew Headrick hit a pair of three-pointers as he and Gilbert Russ racked up eight points apiece while Landon Boyd finished with four, Logan Anderson and Tyler West a three each, Nathan Green two and Jonathan Correll a free throw.
Mt. Juliet Christian will travel to Columbia this weekend for the Zion Christian Tipoff Classic. MJCA will take on Hampshire at 4 p.m. Friday in a double header and host Zion at 5 p.m. Friday.