JEFFERSONVILLE — It wasn’t easy, but it was a win.

The Class 4A No. 1 Jeffersonville girls’ basketball squad defeated visiting Bedford North Lawrence 57-44 Saturday night and never trailed. But the Stars’ man-to-man and matchup zone defense tested the Red Devils (3-0) a night after they blew out Silver Creek by 49 points.

“We got a little tired in spots tonight, but we gave mostly a good effort,” Jeffersonville coach Chad Gilbert said. “We knew they’d give us a good test.”

Jeffersonville buried the Stars (2-2) with a 12-0 run in the first quarter that gave the Red Devils a double-digit lead they would maintain throughout the game.

The Red Devils were largely unable to play the type of transition offense they normally employ, but their half-court setup proved successful.

“I think our kids came out and banged pretty hard. But at times, they lost a little bit of focus,” Gilbert said. “When you’re the No. 1 team in the state and you’ve got a team full of juniors and seniors, that’s not excusable.”

Center Sabrina Johnson led the Red Devils with 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Jasmine Cain added 13 points and paced Jeffersonville with nine rebounds and Ally Wright chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Cain said playing on consecutive nights proved to be a good challenge for the team early in the season.

“We did what was expected of us, which is to come out with a couple of wins,” she said. “It was kind of hard because we haven’t played two games in two nights since last year, but we did our best.”

Reserve forward Lindsay Monihon was unable to play with an injured foot. In her place, Gilbert’s troops got a key contribution from freshman Alexis Samuel, who nailed a 16-foot jumper from the baseline and followed that with a steal and a feed to Cain for a layup as Bedford was drawing close in the second quarter.

“She’s got a chance to be a very good player for us,” Gilbert said. “We have some younger kids who might be good contributors for us before all is said and done.”

Berit Johnson, Bedford’s 6-foot-1 center, led the Stars with 12 points and nine rebounds. Guard Micah Whitted added 10 points.

“We tried to slow it down on them because they can just score in huge spurts,” Bedford coach Kurt Godlevske said. “We didn’t have a ton of turnovers (16), so we didn’t give them that many opportunities. But they’re a good team and did what they could.”

BEDFORD 7 9 8 20-44

JEFFERSONVILLE 18 10 8 21-57

Bedford (2-2) — Johnson 12, Whitted 10, Anderson 9, Terrell 5, Brim 4, Burton 2, Fleetwood 2, Norman 0, Heldt 0, Yeary 0, Thomas 0.

Jeffersonville (3-0) — Johnson 14, Cain 13, Wright 12, DeArk 6, Burton 6, K. Baltic 2, Samuel 2, Broadway 2, Hensley 0.

Three-point goals — Bedford 1 (Whitted); Jeffersonville 2 (Cain, Wright).

Rebounds — Bedford 22 (Johnson 9); Jeffersonville 28 (Cain 9).

Turnovers — Bedford 16, Jeffersonville 15.

JUNIOR VARSITY: Bedford 47 (2-13-15-17) — Peizry 17, Terrell 12, Pruett 9, Mann 6, Holt 3, Rollins 0. Jeffersonville 29 (4-4-6-15) — Nikitas 8, Leavell 5, Me. Stirn 4, Gholson 4, Hensley 2, Mi. Baltic 2, Samuel 2, Hughes 2, Mo. Stirn 0.

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