JEWELL — Of the eight first round state playoff games in the Class 1A girls basketball bracket, the home team won six.
The Jewell Lady Jays were one of the unlucky home teams that came up short.
Southwest Christian paid a visit to the Jays’ gym Feb. 21, and left with a 34-29 win.
The loss ends an otherwise successful year for Jewell, 14-9 overall. Southwest Christian (18-8) advances to play at Powder Valley in the Sweet 16.
“It was a close game — we just made a couple mistakes at a couple key times,” said Jewell coach Mark Fick. “And they took advantage. We played ‘em tough, they were just a little taller and made more shots.
“The girls had a great season,” Fick said of his team. “It was a fun group to work with, probably because they over-achieved so much.”
Jewell led 9-4 after one quarter, before the Wildcats went on a 19-10 run in the second period.
Haley Norman led Jewell with 10 points and seven rebounds, followed by Gabi Morales (nine points, nine boards) and Emma Guillen (six points, five rebounds, five steals). Freshman Kayla Morgan scored 15 for the Wildcats.