Jefferson Girls Break Through, Bardsley Shoots Kennedy Boys to Win in Double-Header

By Jeff Linder, Reporter


By KCRG Sports

CEDAR RAPIDS — It was bound to happen sometime.

The Jefferson J-Hawks were simply too good not to beat a top-flight girls’ basketball team at some point.

It happened Friday night.

Avery Guy and Amanda Ollinger scored 15 points apiece, and Cedar Rapids Jefferson led from start to finish in a 59-47 upset win over Class 5A ninth-ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy in a Mississippi Valley Conference battle at Jefferson High School.

“It’s a great feeling. I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” Guy said after the J-Hawks (9-10 overall, 6-6 MVC) broke a 13-game run of futility against Kennedy. “We finally put four quarters together.”

On the boys' side, it was one of those nights for John Bardsley. One of those glorious nights.

“I was just in a groove,” Bardsley said after scoring 31 points and fueling a big second-half rally as Cedar Rapids Kennedy defeated Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 80-73, in a highly entertaining Mississippi Valley Conference boys’ basketball game Friday night at Jefferson High School.

“I got in a zone, and my teammates did a great job getting me the ball. They said, ‘Keep shooting, keep shooting.’ ”

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