WHEELING - During Linsly's last four girls' basketball games - all losses - the Cadets averaged 39 points per game.
Monday night against Weir, Linsly scored 44 - in the first half.
The Cadets shot a blistering 61 percent from the field during the first 16 minutes en route to a 71-57 victory at Stifel Field House.
PHOTO BY RICK THORP
Linsly’s J.J. Jackson brings the ball up the floor Monday against the pressure of Weir’s Raven Young.
It was Linsly's first victory since a 63-25 home triumph against Bishop Donahue on Dec. 8.
''The last couple of games we played well defensively, but we just weren't converting on the offensive end,'' Linsly coach Erica Hall said.
''It just seemed like every shot we were taking was going in. That just gave the girls a lot of confidence.''
Not every shot was going in for the Cadets. But early on, most of them were.
Linsly shot 60 percent from the field in the first quarter and built a 23-9 lead behind a trio of 3-pointers by point guard Carolyn Tolbert and seven more from senior Emma Cecil (11 points).
''At the end of the quarter, I looked up at the scoreboard and thought 'It's only the end of one quarter? It seems like halftime,' '' Hall said.
''The girls played well and we need that going into a stretch of four games in five days later this week. This is definitely a boost for us.''
The Cadets shot a sultry 62.5 percent from the field in the second quarter to grab a 44-23 halftime lead. Sophomore J.J. Jackson netted nine points during the period, with freshman Damonique Patterson recording eight. Patterson finished with a game-high 28 points.
''They came out aggressive, I have to give them credit for that,'' veteran Weir coach Bill Smith said. ''You can lose games in the first quarter. We just didn't have enough firepower to get back into it.''
The Riders almost did.
Jackson (18 points) made the score 58-38 on a jumper near the end of the third quarter. But from there, the Red Riders went on a 14-2 run to trim the lead to 60-52 early in the fourth.
Shelva Burns, who paced Weir with 16 points before fouling out with 3:46 remaining, banked in a jumper to make the score 58-44.
Moments later, Madison Dalrymple, who came off the bench for an ailing Taylor Gianangeli, dropped in a layup. Rosa Young (15 points) followed with a jumper to make the score 58-48 at the 6-minute mark.
And when Alyssa Shingle (10 points) canned a jumper to make the score 60-50, Hall called a timeout to try and stop the bleeding.
''We subbed a little bit ... maybe a bit too early,'' Hall said. ''And we started to get a little lazy on defense. We had a big enough cushion to allow that, but we got lazy and started putting them on the free-throw line.''
Weir went to the line 15 times in the second half, including 13 times in the third quarter, but came away with just six points.
Linsly, meanwhile, went 7 of 9 from the charity stripe down the stretch to secure the victory.
''We're 1-9, but a lot of the games we've been in,'' Smith noted. ''We just have to learn to finish.''
As for Linsly, Hall said her team took another positive step.
''We stayed pretty strong throughout,'' she said. ''I thought we played pretty strong at the end.''