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#1 Ranking Doesnt Phase Lady Wildcats

January 22, 2013
St. Lukes Episcopal School



Girls Basketball: St. Luke's 53, J.U. Blacksher 16

, January 18, 2013 8:35 p.m

MOBILE, Alabama - Jewel Hill had a game-high 16 points while Ashley  Chapman added 15 as host and Class 1A No. 1 ranked St. Luke's cruised to  a huge 53-16 victory over visiting J.U. Blacksher Friday night.

With the  win, the Wildcats improve to 20-1 overall  and are now 6-0 in Class 1A Area 1. Meanwhile, J.U. Blacksher fell to 2-6  in the area race. Brianna Dean led J.U. Blacksher with seven points.

St. Luke's has been on a roll as of late. In addition to being  ranked No. 1 for the first time in the school's history,  the Wildcats also recently knocked off then No. 1 ranked McIntosh and  beat then No. 2 Marengo. Without a doubt, St.  Luke's is rolling.

"Everything has just kind of come together this  year," said Wildcats coach Christine Zoghby, whose team was 11-14 a year  ago. "It has been four years in the making. Last year, we were extremely  competitive but we couldn't finish games but  I knew this year would be our year."

For more photos from this game, please see Mike Kittrell's gallery on AL.com

Zoghby said the reason has been the senior class.

"This is our  first senior class and Logan Smith, Monique Hawkins, Amy Cowling and  Meagan Ivy have provided great leadership," she said. "I'm proud of the  girls, I couldn't be any more prouder of them  than I am. What they have accomplished so far has been incredible."

There are still more improvements to be made. While St. Luke's  jumped out to a 19-4 lead J.U. Blacksher to open the contest, things  definitely could have been better.

"We did not come out and play our  usual game," said Zoghby. "We got off to a slow start,  we were really sluggish. I did think that we picked things up in the  third quarter though. I thought we would start the game pretty quick but  we didn't tonight."

Up only 25-4 to start the third quarter, St. Luke's scored 20  points in the next eight minutes to put the game away, going up 45-10  heading into the final period. The Wildcats didn't help their cause by  hitting only 3-of-10 free throws.

"We have a curse  with free throws," said Zoghby. "I've tried everything. We have nights  where we might shoot well from the free-throw line and we have nights  where we don't hit our free throws. We're inconsistent."

St. Luke's plays next at Fruitdale on Saturday at 6 p.m. while J.U. Blacksher hosts Flomaton at 5 p.m. on Thursday.


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