WHEELING - Damonique Patterson and J.J. Jackson are two newcomers that Linsly coach Erica Hall expects to play a big part in the team's success this season.
The two put on quite a first impression.
Patterson led all scorers with 18 points and Jackson added 11 as Linsly cruised to a season-opening, 59-23, victory against Cameron on Thursday at Stifel Field House.
Linsly’s J.J. Jackson pushes the ball up court during Thursday night’s game against Cameron.
Photo by Josh Strope
''J.J. was in double figures scoring but she also sat a lot with foul trouble,'' Hall said. ''She is very aggressive and likes to play defense. She has great hands, but sometimes she gets that reach in there that is gonna make or break her.
''She and Damonique are basketball players, and they really bring a different dynamic to the team that we haven't had in a while.''
Linsly never trailed and was only tied once (2-2). Early in the second quarter, Cameron's Taylor Whipkey made a free throw to trim the Linsly lead to 15-12.
Unfortunately for Cameron, it was the closest it would get as a near 8-minute scoring drought, combined with an 18-0 Linsly run, did in the Dragons (0-1).
''We're gonna get better; we are a young team,'' Cameron coach Joe Pettit said. ''I have to find out what we do well. This bunch, I have to find out what each one does well so we can play to our strengths.
''That (18-0 run) was it. Tell me how to put the ball in the basket. If we could have made three more baskets in the first quarter, that could have changed everything. It changes how they play us and how we play them.
''First game, big floor, excitement, away from home. It's gonna get better.''
Lindsay Siburt finally put Cameron back on the scoreboard with a basket 2:28 into the third quarter, but by then, it was 35-14 in favor of the Cadets.
Linsly cranked up the defense in the fourth quarter, contributing to seven of Cameron's 20 turnovers and holding the Dragons to just one point.
''The defense was good but at the same time we got lazy,'' Hall said. ''I expected us to look good, look bad at certain parts through the first game.
''Defense is going to be key for us and overall I'm pleased.''
Emma Cecil also chipped in with 11 points for the Cadets. Siburt paced the Dragons with seven points.