By SETH BUCKNER
With five minutes to go in the game, Jefferson High School’s Chrishon Hicks threw down a powerful dunk which left the rim hanging at an awkward angle and the scoreboard reading 73-39. Fixing the rim was an easy job, but nothing else went right for the Tigers on their home floor.
This was the Dawgs second win over Daingerfield this season and overall the fourth win in a row for JHS.
The game was close throughout the first quarter. Chris Shephard stole the opening tip and scored the first basket of the game with a three from the wing. Shephard had 11 points in the first quarter and made three shots from behind the three-point line.
Jefferson led 9-2 early, but Daingerfield started chipping away at the lead. The Tigers hit a three late in the quarter to take their first lead of the game at 16-14. Shephard answered with a three for the Dawgs to take a 17-16 lead with 15 seconds left, but Daingerfield got a layup before time expired to lead 18-17.
The second quarter was all Dawgs as the Tigers appeared to have no answer for Jefferson’s great pressure defense. In the opening seconds, Lyric Rawls stole the ball and made a nifty pass to Kylan Thomas for a lay-up and a 19-18 lead. Jefferson would never trail again, outscoring Daingerfield 26-8 in the quarter. The Bulldogs ran their offense smoothly, often passing up good shots for even better opportunities. The Dawgs led 43-26 at the midway point of the game.
The third quarter was more of the same, as Jefferson just seemed quicker to every loose ball, and Daingerfield became timid and frustrated by the Bulldogs’ relentless pressure. Rawls had multiple assists in the quarter, making great passes to get teammates open looks. The third quarter finished with the Dawgs leading 63-36.
During the last period Chrishon Hicks showcased his great athleticism. On the opening possession of the quarter Hicks faked his defender into the air and drove to the basket for an easy layup. In the next couple of minutes Hicks would make that same move two more times.
Then came the earlier mentioned dunk, and with five minutes to go, it was time for Jefferson to empty the bench. On the first possession after the subs came in, Kenneth Bell buried a three for an 80-45 lead, and the bench went on to increase the lead to as many as forty points. Six different Bulldogs made three pointers, and the Dawgs finished with 26 assists on 38 field goals.
Hicks and Shepard scored 16 points each. Shepard led the Bulldogs with 8 rebounds. Rawls had a double-double with 11 points and a season high 13 assists. Kylan Thomas had 11 points, Josh Thomas scored 10, Kevin Pinson 8, Carlos Jackson 5, Dee Black 5, Kenneth Bell 3, and Jakardan Davison scored 2.
Everyone on the team scored at least one basket for the victorious Bulldogs, and that makes for a very happy bus ride home, even on a rainy night. Next up for the Dawgs is a trip to Waskom on Tuesday night where the Bulldogs hope to improve on their 5-0 district record.
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