The New Oxford Colonials came out trying to slow down the powerful Cumberland Valley Eagles' offense on Tuesday night. And it worked — for a little while.
The Eagles missed a couple 3-pointers, and when New Oxford got possession, it went into a four-corners offense that would have made the late North Carolina coach Dean Smith proud. But the strategy quickly unraveled.
The Eagles adjusted and pressed the Colonials into five turnovers in the first quarter, holding them scoreless in the frame before running away to a 60-29 victory in the first round of the District 3 Class AAAA tournament.
That was all it took for star junior Kelly Jekot to find the range. Already committed to Villanova, Jekot hit four field goals for nine points, as CV took a 12-0 lead after the first quarter.
When Kelly wasn't scoring at will, her sister, Katie Jekot, took over the offense. Katie hit two 3-pointers in the second quarter, sandwiched around a 6-0 run by the Colonials for their first points of the game.
Kelly went on to lead the Eagles with 27 points, while Katie added 13. Cumberland Valley (24-1) moves on to face Red Lion at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.
CV head coach Bill Wolf, a New Oxford graduate, said he was "pleased with the way we played. We had two really good practices coming into the game."
The Jekot sisters played only three quarters, leaving the game with the Eagles ahead, 50-18. Although just a sophomore, Katie Jekot is also being recruited hard, Wolf said, and holds scholarship offers from the likes of Boston College, Delaware, Bucknell and others.
"Both of them are extremely talented," Wolf said. "Katie just really gets after it defensively, while Kelly is one of those players who can play any position and really helps us on the boards."
Despite a vocal crowd supporting them from the visitor's side, the Colonials never recovered from the early first quarter turnovers. Kaelyn Long led New Oxford with 11 points, nine after halftime. Guard Emily Clinton chipped in with nine points.
New Oxford ends its season with a 14-6 record.
CV won the state title last year, and Wolf said his team avoided the issues it has had in the past, namely fouling too much and not hitting its own foul shots. The teams combined to go 25-28 from the line.
"I thought we played well, which is what we have to do now that the playoffs have started," Wolf said.
Cumberland Valley 60, New Oxford 29
New Oxford (29)
Haley Luckabaugh 0 0-0 0, Taryn Crone 1 3-5 5, Jensen Sneeringer 0 4-5 4, Kaelyn Long 3 5-6 11, Emily Clinton 3 0-0 7, Bre Sauter 1 0-0 2, Presley Berryhill, 0 0-0 0.
Totals — 8 12-14 29.
Cumberland Valley (60)
Kelly Jekot 10 4-4 27, Katie Jekot 4 3-4 13, Morgan Baughman 1 0-0 2, Jennifer Falconer 2 0-0 4, Ashley Johnson 1 0-0 2, Jackie Joyce, 2 4-4 8, Addison Kirkpatrick 0 2-2 2, Taylor Sneidman, 0 0-0 0, Meghan Rhodes, 1 0-0 2, Jessica Tonrey, 0 0-0 0.
Totals — 21 13-14 60.
New Oxford071111—29Cumberland Valley12162210—60
3-point goals — NO 1 (Clinton), CV 5 (Kelly Jekot, 3;