Jenkins leads Rams past Madison County

STRASBURG – Strasburg High School basketball senior Kelsey Jenkins scored 12 of her game-high 23 points in the second quarter Friday as her Rams pulled away from Bull Run District/Conference 35 foe Madison County 49-20.

“We shot the ball really well. That may have been the best we’ve shot it this year,” said Strasburg coach Darin Jenkins, Kelsey’s Dad.

Jenkins connected on four field goals and was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line in the decisive second when the Rams (2-3 district, 5-8 overall) outscored the Mountaineers (1-5, 1-10) 19-2.

Of Strasburg’s 29 points in the first half, Jenkins, a guard, scored 18 of them.

“I got off to a little of a slow start with my shot, but I was able to work with (a staff member) on it, and it’s been coming along,” said the game’s leading scorer.

Rather than merely bomb from the outside the 5-foot-2 leader penetrated and found nice passes under the basket from Corey Scott and Haley Bischoff.

But the sharp-shooter, who has scored 20 or more points in four games this season, had support.

Fellow seniors Scott and Bischoff each scored 9 points. Scott had 9 rebounds and Bischoff pulled down 8 boards.

“I think Coach (Jenkins) is stressing defense more this year because we’re a small team, and even if we might not score a lot of points, sometimes, we can rely on our defense,” said Scott, who came up with 3 steals.

The game was tied 10-10 after Strasburg came out a “little flat,” according to Coach Jenkins, but the second quarter was a different story. Strasburg forced Madison County into five turnovers in the decisive quarter. Madison could score but one basket in the second frame and, after the Mountaineers’ initial 10, the visitors would score 10 points in the final three quarters.

The Rams scored the first 11 points of the second quarter to lead 21-10 with 3:39 remaining. The Mountaineers never got closer.

“I was happy that we were able to play a lot of the girls and a lot of them were able to score,” said Coach Jenkins, “particularly Hannah Alexander. I thought she played well.”

Seven different Rams were able to score.