Lady Jays defend their crown with stifling win over Troy

The Jefferson City Lady Jays beat Troy 39-23 to claim their second straight district title. (Rod Smith/KRCG13)

WENTZVILLE, Mo. --- Last year, Jefferson City won the girls district championship for the first time in eight years.

The Lady Jays certainly didn't wait another eight to win the next one.

That's because this defense is amazing, it's a defense that never rests. When the other team can't break 30 points, well ... good luck with that.

Using another stifling, shut-down, defensive effort, the surging Lady Jays --- now winners of 14 straight --- rolled over the Troy Lady Trojans 39-23 in the Class 5 District 7 championship game Thursday night at Wentzville-Holt.

"This feels really good," junior Caitlin Anderson said. "We worked really hard to get here this year, especially since we were graduating five seniors last year. So we were rebuilding ... but we still accomplished our goal."

The goal since Day One is defense.

"It's is our main point (of emphasis) at practice, for the most part," Anderson said. "We work hard on defense and just let our offense come to us."

To be sure, this offense won't remind you of the Golden State Warriors. But oh my, this defense ...

We spoke about opponents not scoring 30 points? Well, the Lady Jays gave up 48 in two district games. Or, a whopping six points a quarter.

During their 14-game winning streak, they've held opponents to less than 30 points six times. In another game, they gave up 31.

"I'm super stoked about our defense," said Lady Jays coach Brad Conway, whose team will meet either Francis Howell Central (21-5) or Ft. Zumwalt West (8-16) in the sectionals at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Maryville University in St. Louis.

"I tell our kids, defense can lead to a lot of scoring opportunities. And when we need to get stops and really crank it up, we can do that --- and we did that tonight."

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