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Jenkins leads Cashion into regional final

February 25, 2024 - 00:00
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Andrea Taylor feels her team should have won a game at Fairview on Jan. 30.

Instead, it proved to be “one that got away” as the Lady Wildcats fell 44-40 in overtime.

Cashion got it back on Thursday...and it was much more important.

The Lady Wildcats outscored Fairview 21-7 in the fourth quarter on its home court to take home a 42-31 victory in their Class 2A regional semifinal.

The win moved Cashion into Saturday night’s regional championship game against No. 3 Merritt. Win or lose, Cashion advances to this week’s area tournament.

Staying in the winner’s bracket wasn’t a sure thing after Fairview outscored Cashion 10-6 in the third quarter to take a 24-21 lead.

That’s when Lauren Jenkins took over.

The Cashion senior sank two big 3-pointers to help her team retake the lead, then made 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch to keep it.

She scored 15 of her game-high 21 points in the decisive fourth.

Cashion (19-6) also got eight points on the night from Megan Shafer and six from Reese Williams.

Cashion led 8-3 after a quarter and was able to maintain a 15-14 advantage at halftime.

It’s Cashion’s second win over Fairview in three tries this season.

Cashion boys dominate Newkirk

Early domination helped extend the Cashion boys basketball season.

The Wildcats outscored Newkirk by 17 points in the first quarter and rode that to a 76-39 victory Thursday in a Class 2A regional consolation quarterfi nal at Fairview.

The win moved Cashion to 10-15 on the season.

The good news for Cashion is it advances in the playoffs.

The bad news is the Wildcats were dealt No. 3 Hooker in an elmination game Friday night.

Hooker was upset 41-35 on Thursday night in a regional semifinal by Merritt.

Newkirk was unable to pull off such an upset as Cashion jumped to a 25-8 lead, then extended it to 39-12 by halftime.

Drake Woody led all scorers with 17 points while Kamden Miller and Nathan Nabavi scored eight apiece.

Twelve different Cashion players scored at least two points in the game.