North Oconee uses strong second half to down JCCHS


Hakeem Samuals looks for the pull up jumper against North Oconee. Doug Chellew/The Paper.


A spell of turnovers turned into self-inflicted wounds for the Jackson County Comprehensive High School boys’ basketball team; the Titans of North Oconee High School jumped out to a 7-0 lead while Jackson County struggled to keep the ball at their end of the court.

NOHS built its 15-9 lead from behind the arc and kept the advantage going into the second quarter.

The Panthers pulled within three with six minutes left to play in the first half; Layson Giles anchored the turnaround and was accompanied by Kevin Lineberger who tied the game at 15 via two shots at the free throw line. Lineberger again saw time at the charity stripe for a 1-point lead.

However the Titans’ lead climbed up to five as time began to expire. Jackson County kept North Oconee on their toes but a late shooting spree drove the Titans into the break with a nine point lead.

NOHS extended its lead by ten coming out of the break. As the third quarter came to a close, Jackson County tried to revive themselves but saw its chances of climbing back diminish; a 38-23 advantage by North Oconee didn’t intimidate them yet, their 60-50 loss is a clear sign that the Panthers must learn how to hold on to its lead and finish strong in close ball games. The Panthers will return to action at East Jackson High School for a rivalry showdown. The matchup is set for 8:45 p.m. tomorrow.