On a milestone evening for sophomore guard Dejah Jenkins, Cathedral trounced visiting St. Mary’s, 65-42, on Tuesday.
Jenkins led the way for the Panthers with 20 points, including the 1,000th of her career. The Panthers began the game with a full-court press to neutralize St. Mary’s ability to slow down the game, forcing nearly 15 first-half turnovers and scoring numerous uncontested baskets at the rim.
“We just wanted to speed the game up,” said Cathedral coach Clinton Lassiter. “We knew they had some good bigs inside, so I figured we’d speed them up a little bit and throw off their rhythm. And we like to run, so if we can get you in a track meet and get their mind-set racing, it helps us out.”
Jenkins was the story of the night. Coming into the game 18 points shy of 1,000, she got going early with a pair of quick 3-pointers that helped extend Cathedral’s lead to 18 by the end of the first quarter. After her quick start, Lassiter noted that Jenkins stopped shooting because she wanted to reach the milestone with her family in the crowd for the Panthers’ game Friday against Austin Prep.
However, as St. Mary’s mounted a comeback in the third quarter, Lassiter told Jenkins she to be more aggressive. The fourth-year varsity player responded in a big way, scoring 8 straight points, including the milestone bucket on a 3-pointer from the right wing with 1:41 to play in the third.
With Jenkins’s milestone out of the way, Cathedral senior Masseny Kaba is next in line. After Tuesday’s game, Kaba is just 7 points away from reaching 1,000.