The bone-chilling temperature outside the Truman High School gymnasium had no effect on Erin Davis and Jewel Hart as the Patriots’ duo sizzled, erupting for a combined 46 points in a 79-48 non-conference victory over Fort Osage Thursday night.
Davis, who owns the school record of 10 3-pointers in a game, looked like she might be on track to break her own mark as she hit six treys in the first half en route to a 24-point performance. Hart grabbed 14 boards – including 10 offensive rebounds she converted into 18 points – for a big 22-point night.
“I was actually thinking about the (3-point) record, and I hope to break it sometime this season,” said Davis, who did not connect on a 3-point shot in the second half. “But tonight, we got the win and that’s all that matters. I thought we played a great game because it’s been a while since we played.”
Added Hart, the 6-foot-1 younger sister of former Truman three-sport star Lexi Hart: “I got my mind right tonight and did what I needed to do to help us win. I like getting the rebounds – I can use my height to do a lot of good things for our team.”
Truman coach Steve Cassity was pleased with his team’s overall style of play against Lindsay Thompson’s Indians.
“It was a good first game back after the holiday break,” Cassity said after his Patriots improved to 9-2. “We gave the girls some time off, let them get their legs back and get away from the game for a few days.
“And they came back and really practiced hard, and tonight was the end result. Jewel is just a freakish athlete who can do so many things on the court, and we all thought Erin might break her own (3-point) record tonight.
“I couldn’t be happier with the way we played, because Lindsay’s kids always play hard, and that freshman is pretty special.”
While Davis and Hart stole most of the thunder, Fort Osage freshman Austin Moise led the Indians with 14 points and starred on both ends of the court.
“If we could have slowed down Davis early, who knows, it might have been a closer game,” Thompson said after the Indians saw their record level off at 5-5. “I thought Austin continued to play well, and another freshman, Katelyn Ward, gave us some quality minutes.”
A freshman everyone is talking about at Fort Osage, guard Kiyley Flowers, sat next to her coach on the bench after suffering a concussion in the Indians last game before the break.
“We’re hoping to get Kiyley back in a week or so,” Thompson said. “The girls played so hard without Kiyley out there on the floor. We’re looking forward to getting her back on the court.”
Moise was not intimidated by the Patriots as the move-in from Drexel, Mo., played on Drexel’s boys eighth grade team last year.
“We didn’t have a girls team, so I played on the boys team,” the 5-foot-9 forward said. “Moving up to a bigger school and a bigger conference, we’re playing against some very good and very competitive teams, and I enjoy that challenge.
“It can be very nerve-wracking for me to play against this type of competition, but I am getting more confident every time we play.”
Deon Monroe added 17 points for Truman, and Chloe Harris finished with 10 for the Indians.