By SETH BUCKNER
Tuesday night, Jefferson High School boys’ basketball team bumped up its overall record to 15-6 in a commanding fashion. The final score was 88-39 and the Wildcats must be glad that the Bulldogs are leaving Waskom. They were chased all over the court by the Dawgs’ pressure defense.
The game was slowed by several fouls called by the referees. Waskom High finished the game 2-19 from the free throw line. Yes, you read that right. Jefferson, however, shot a respectable 20-26 from the line.
Waskom set the tempo and drove for a layup only 10 seconds into the game to take the lead. That lead was quickly erased, though, as Kylan Thomas made a driving layup to tie the score and Lyric Rawls hit a shot while being fouled and made the free throw for a 5-2 lead.
Chrishon Hicks had four blocks in the first quarter and six for the game. “Too easy,” he said afterwards. Hicks leads the district in blocks, and he does make it look easy.
Jefferson continued to pull away after a slow start for both teams. Rawls had a steal and dunk to make it 15-8, then Jakardan Davidson had a steal and layup for a 17-8 advantage. After a Wildcat basket, Hicks had a powerful dunk to make it 19-10 bringing the Bulldog faithful to their feet.
Rawls hit a three, and after another steal, Kylan Thomas drove down the lane, sent two Waskom players to the floor, and made a jumper in the lane. He flexed his muscles as time expired, and the Bulldogs led 24-10 after one quarter.
Waskom got several offensive rebounds and scored the first four points of the second quarter, so Coach Treston Dowell called a timeout to get his squad’s attention. It worked. The boys went on a 14-2 run, pushing the lead out to 38-16.
Waskom scored five straight, and their home crowd started to get loud. But Kylan Thomas silenced them with a three to make it 41-21. Late in the second quarter, Kylan was triple teamed, but it did not matter as he banked in another basket. Rawls finished the half with a steal and layup for a 48-25 halftime lead.
The Dawgs outscored the Wildcats 21-2 in the third quarter for a commanding 69-27 lead. Waskom called several timeouts, but nothing worked, including the free throw line. Jefferson’s full court press caused the usual havoc and was only slowed by the referees “sensitive” whistles.
The fourth quarter was more of the same, as the Dawgs held their opponents without a field goal for almost ten minutes. That Wildcat basket made it 78-30, but it was all over save for the final score. The substitutes had a good time in the final minutes, and the Bulldogs played great team basketball from start to finish.
Junior Kylan Thomas led the way with 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Lyrik Rawls and Josh Thomas had 11 points apiece. Also finishing in double figures were Chris Shepard and Kevin Pinson with 10 points each. Chrishon Hicks had 9 points, Jakardan Davidson 9, Carlos Jackson 5, and Kenneth Bell had 3.
The Dawgs are now 6-0 in district and play a home conference game on Friday night against New Diana.
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