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Lady Sharks roll in summer hoops league win

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By Sean Arnold

Jasmin Jackson penetrated the lane while Hannah Brinkman dropped a trio of 3-pointers in the second half to lift the Cedar Key girls’ basketball team to a convincing 34-23 win over Keystone Heights last Thursday in Trenton.

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The meeting was part of a June summer league featuring 12 area schools. CKS concludes its league play Thursday June 29 in Trenton against Branford at 4 p.m.

The games are timed at 20 minutes per half. The clock only stops for timeouts.

The Lady Sharks jumped ahead by double digits early in the second half as Jackson, a junior next season, took to the hoop with a series of dribble-drives in traffic, allowing her to get to the foul line frequently while peppering in layups.

“(Jackson) is also moving the ball around, getting it to other kids,” CKS coach David Tomlin said. “They’re getting opportunities to handle the ball offensively, so hopefully, come December, they’re comfortable putting that shot up.”

Brinkman, meanwhile, found her stroke from the top of the key.

The Lady Indians narrowed the deficit to five on a 3 before Cedar Key’s top-scoring duo went back to work to give back the Lady Sharks a comfortable lead.

“Summer league is not just about winning, but I did say to my kids that one of things we’re going to focus on the rest of the summer season is finishing games,” Tomlin said. “We’ve lost by four and three and five I think, so now part of our growth is not only working hard on individual skills, but finishing.

“I was really proud of them, especially in the second half,” he added, “because they played the way I want us to play, which is generate offense from our defense.”

Tomlin said the summer ball competition is especially critical for his small roster.

“We have eight kids most of the time for any summer work we can do,” he said. “For Cedar Key, that’s great. But I can’t scrimmage with eight.

“It was really the first (summer game) where I’ve had the bulk of my team.“