AFTON - What a difference a night makes.
Almost 24 hours after suffering through one of their most dismal nights in recent history, Afton's Lady Eagles enjoyed one of their best when they routed Bluejacket 77-19 here Saturday night.
The Lady Eagles shot 47 percent from the field, downing 30 of 63 field goal attempts. That is a far cry from their dismal showing Friday night in a 42-40 loss to Fairland, when they found the mark on only 6 of 42 shots (14 percent).
“We had a talk after the game because we had lost that look in our eyes,” Afton coach Ronnie Maple said. “We didn't have that same intensity last night. We took our walk-through a little more serious today. You just can't walk into a gym and think you are going to win.
“Tonight, they wanted to make a statement about shooting the basketball,” he said.
They did, and how!
Cassie Miller set the school record with 11 3-point goals and scored a career-high 40 points.
The old record had been 10 treys by Ashley Blanton in 1999.
Miller was 10 points off the school record of 50 points set by Lori Johnson in the 1984-85 season.
“The thing about it is our girls are smart enough to make sure she was getting the ball,” Maple said. “When people get hot like that, you have to get them the ball.”
Miller set the tone for the night when she downed all six of her 3-point attempts in the first quarter. She was 11 of 14 beyond the arc and 14 of 19 overall.
“We gave her a break in the second quarter then we tried to get it to her in the third and fourth,” Maple said. She hasn't gotten much recognition, but she is a heck of a player. She shot the ball extremely well tonight.”
As a team. Afton was 14 of 26 on 3-point shots.
The Lady Eagles led 29-2 after the first quarter then coasted into the half with a 40-10 advantage.
Afton continued to pull away in the third frame thanks to a 16-5 margin.
The Lady Eagles capped things off with a 21-point fourth quarter.
“I am just proud of the girls for coming back after the loss and playing hard,” Maple said.
Joining Miller in double figures for Afton were Ashley Carroll and Natasha Larson with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Lady Eagles were without sophomore Macy Gibson, who was held out of the game after being shaken up in an auto accident earlier Saturday.
Hali Swiatkowski was the offensive leader for winless Bluejacket. She had eight points, getting all on free throws.
The Lady Chieftains had only three field goals in the game, treys by Kalli Winfrey and Kelsey Langley and a 2-point shot by Krystal Williams.
Afton made it a sweep by rolling 69-20 in the boys' game.
The Eagles were never threatened, racing to a 16-0 lead.
Bluejacket didn't get its first points until the 20-second mark of the first quarter when Skyler Humble nailed a 3-point goal.
The Chieftains didn't score again until the 2:31 mark of the second quarter. By then, they were down 34-5.
It was 38-9 at intermission and 59-17 heading into the final stanza.
“They are young and haven't won a lot of games this year,” Afton coach Shane Simposon said. “We got to play everybody. That was good. I really was happy with the way we played.”
The only negative on the night for the Eagles was the loss of sophomore Shawn Free with a sprained ankle only 18 seconds into the game. His status for Tuesday's game against Oklahoma Union isn't clear.
Matt Handy scored 16 points and Ryan Markes added 14 for the Eagles, who got points from 10 of the 14 players who got into the game.
Stephen Ayers led the Chieftains with nine points. Humble finished with six.
Bluejacket 2 8 5 4 -19
Afton 29 11 16 21 - 77
Bluejacket - Swiatkowski 8, Winfrey 3, Langley 3, Steele 3, Williams 2.
Afton - Miller 40, Carroll 12, Larson 10, Jamie Grimes 4, O. Shaul 3, K. Shaul 2, Roberts 2, Todd 2, Jacy Grimes 2.
3-point goals - Bluejacket, Winfrey 1, Langley 1; Afton, Miller 11, Carroll 2, O. Shaul 1.
Bluejacket 3 4 10 3 - 20
Afton 16 22 21 10 - 69
Bluejacket - Ayers 9, Humble 6, Cantu 2, Woods 2, Root 1.
Afton - Handy 16, Markes 14, Crane 9, Hale 7, T. Jarvis 7, Gibson 5, Keaton 5, C. Jarvis 2, Humble 2, K. Jarvis 2.
3-point goals - Bluejacket, Humble 1, Ayers 1; Afton, Hale 1, T. Jarvis 2.
Afton 8 10 13 9 - 40
Fairland 9 9 7 17 - 42
Afton - Larsen 14, Gibson 7, Carroll 7, Miller 5, Jamie Grimes 5, Shaul 2.
Fairland - Kerns 13, Williams 9, Burnside 8, Campbell 7, Hall 5.
3-point goals - Afton, Miller 1, Carroll 1; Fairland, Williams 1.
Afton 16 10 18 13 - 57
Fairland 6 12 6 16 - 40
Afton - Gibson 14, Crane 11, Free 8, Hale 6, Markes 5, Dugan 5, Handy 4, Korb 2, T. Jarvis 2.
Fairland - Thompson 17, Shortt 10, Bunce 7, Witham 3, Stovall 3.
3-point goals - Afton, Hale 2, Crane 1, Markes 1, Gibson 2; Fairland, Bunce 1, Shortt 2, Stovall 1.