By SETH BUCKNER
The Bulldogs made the Mustangs glad to gallop back to Hughes Springs after beating them 78-49. Coach Treston Dowell was able to empty the bench early and let his team get plenty of playing time – which will pay dividends later in the season. The Dawgs showed improvement at the free throw line making ten of fifteen attempts. With this win, Jefferson goes to 4-0 in district and 13-6 overall.
The first quarter was highlighted by many missed shots, but Jefferson cleaned up the offensive boards to score time and again – 21 offensive rebounds for the game. Down 2-0, Chrishon Hicks had a big block and hustled to the other end for an easy layup for the Bulldogs first score. With the score 6-4, Hicks scored on back to back trips to push the boys out to a 10-4 lead. After a pair of Hughes Springs free throws, Jefferson went on a 11-0 run that began with a Kylan Thomas three and ended with a Lyrik Rawls dunk. The score at the end of the first quarter was 21-8 in favor of the Dawgs.
Hughes Springs scored first in the second quarter, but Josh Thomas had a nice reverse layup in traffic, and Chrishon Hicks hit two free throws and a layup to put Jefferson up 29-12 with 4:27 to go. Then defense really kicked in with back to back blocks by Hicks, and Kevin Pinson took a charge under the goal, taking away a Mustang basket. Chris Shephard scored ten points in the last three minutes of the quarter, and Jefferson surged to a commanding 42-19 lead at the half.
The second half began with a beautiful assist from Lyrik Rawls for another Shephard basket. After a Mustangs score, Hicks, Shepard, & Pinson all scored layups to extend the lead to 50-21. At the 2:25 mark, Jefferson emptied the bench leading 54-24. Hughes Springs ended the third quarter on a 5-0 run for a 54-29 score heading to the fourth.
The Bulldogs had a choppy start at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Mustangs extended their run to 12 straight points causing the Coach Dowell to call a timeout to settle the troops. After back to back buckets by Shephard and Pinson, Hughes Springs called a timeout with 5:52 to play and the score 58-36.
Lyrik Rawls had a great quarter with several baskets – the biggest coming on a steal and a dunk to put the Dawgs up 67-38. The score was 71-41 at the three-minute mark; Jefferson emptied their bench again. Sophomore “Turbo” Jackson made a break away basket that excited the crowd and pushed the lead to 32. Josh Thomas then scored on a corner three for the biggest lead of the game at 76-43.
Leading the Dawgs in scoring was Chris Shephard with 17 points. Chrishon Hicks had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Lyrik Rawls had 10 points, 6 assists, and 8 steals. Josh Thomas 9 points, Kevin Pinson 8, Kylan Thomas 6, Jakardan Davidson 6, Carlos “Turbo” Jackson 4, and Kenneth Bell 2 points.
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