Jefferson High’s Bulldogs got their basketball season underway with blowout victories in the past week, waxing Daingerfield 58-30 and 4A Atlanta 67-32.
All in all, it’s not a bad start for new boys’ head coach Treston Dowell, who a year ago was beginning a state championship season in Avinger. The Indians’ boss also brought home some brass as the state’s top Class A Coach of the Year and was hired to coach in Jefferson this summer.
Three transfers from that championship Avinger squad are already showing their mettle as well.
Junior Grayson Early paced the Dawgs in both victories, posting 24 points against Daingerfield and 26 against Atlanta. Junior Dee Mitchell – who was just named the District 8-3A Defensive Newcomer of the Year in football, turned in 11- and 21-point efforts respectively over the Tigers and Rabbits. Junior Curtis Henry has chipped in as well with three points over the two games.
In the victory over Daingerfield, Dowell’s Dawgs racded out to a 12-2 first quarter lead and never looked back. Jefferson constructed a 27-12 lead by halftime and was up 40-22 after three quarters before racing to the 58-30 finish.
Grayson (24 points) and Mitchell (11 points) paved the way for the Bulldogs, who had four players chip in four points apiece – Maurice Rudd, Cameron Hicks, Taylor Smith and K’Von Smith. Jordan Randle added three points while Kepha Luster and Curtis Henry added two apiece.
In Tuesday’s 67-32 win over 4A Atlanta, the Dawgs one-two punch of Early (26 points) and Mitchell (21 points) was too much…
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