After securing a 27-25 lead after three periods of play against Greene County High School, the Lady Dragons of Jefferson High School were disrupted by a 12-7 scoring run that erupted into a back-and-forth battle for a close win for the Tigers.
The madness occurred in the second half where Celine Andrews hit a 3-pointer to give the Lady Tigers a 33-29 lead.
After the Lady Dragons scored five points to regain a 34-33 advantage, Andrews drilled a 2-pointer to take the lead. Jefferson continued to rally but fell short.
Kellie Goza led the Lady Dragons with a game-high 17 points and 12 rebounds. She was also 5 of 9 from the free-throw line.
Even before the boys’ game began at Jefferson on Friday night, the Dragons found themselves in a 2-0 hole due to a technical foul and that deficit was grew 19-7 after the first period of play. Unfortunately, it turned into something they couldn’t overcome and fell 67-61 to Greene County.
“[We got] off on the wrong foot,” said Head Coach Bolling DuBose.
The Tigers’ Kejuan Robbins, who is just a sophomore, led all scorers with 25 points. Travon Cosby added 12 points, and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Brad Evans added 11 points as well.
“I thought Greene County played (really) well. They’re real athletic. They’ve got some shooters,” Dubose said. “Robbins [is] a heck of a player. We just didn’t have an answer for him.”
Being down 19-7 after the first period, the Dragons were able to get back in the game by scoring 17 points in the second quarter. At one point, JHS went on a 13-2 scoring run with under three minutes to play until halftime.
The Tigers offense grew and they were able to keep the lead by nine going into the half; coming from behind is something Dubose said is becoming a habit.
“We’ve kind of had a bad habit of getting behind early in a lot of games. I mean, [we have to play] catch up the rest of the game. We keep preaching to (the players) ‘you can’t get behind good teams over and over again, and expect to comeback every time.’ I thought we made a great comeback late the first half. I’m proud that we just kept playing hard. We didn’t lose the game in the second half…we lost it in the first half,” said Dubose.
After three quarters, the Dragons trailed 51-36, and scored 25 points in the fourth period, but the Tigers began matching baskets late in the period. After Taylor’s first three-point shot fell with 40.4 seconds left, the Dragons only railed 64-58, but the Tigers added another basket to stretch the lead to eight points. Taylor sank his next three, but the clock wasn’t on the Dragons’ side, and their rally fell short.
“We’ve got to get better and we will. We’ve still got a long way to go,” Dubose said.
Jefferson will take on Washington-Wilkes High School tomorrow night. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. at WWHS.