By SETH BUCKNER
On Friday night, Jefferson High scored the first seventeen points of the game to route New Diana High 78-17. The excitement of the game did not stem from whether the Wildcats were going to score, but if they would even get a shot.
New Diana only attempted six shots in the first half, and the Bulldogs blocked two of them. The Dawgs had their way on the defensive end, turning the Eagles over time and again. New Diana finally made their first shot with five minutes to go in the first half. The Dawgs scored the last twelve points of the second quarter to lead 40-6 at the break.
Lyrik Rawls’s lob pass to a high-flying Chrishon Hicks for a dunk started the third quarter. The Bulldogs scored the first nine points to extend their run to twenty-one straight points and a 49-6 lead. A goal-tending call gave the Eagles their third basket of the game with four minutes to go in the third. The score was 59-11 after three quarters.
Hicks had three of his five dunks in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs kept pouring it on. Even the second team played well against the ineffective Eagles who never could take flight on a rainy night in Jefferson.
Jefferson held New Diana to 6-22 from the field, had 38 steals, and blocked 6 shots. The Eagles will not be looking forward to the next match-up with the Dawgs on February 12 in Diana.
All the Bulldog players that dressed for the game scored. Hicks led with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 blocks. Chris Shepard scored 15 points, shooting 3-6 from behind the three-point line. Rawls had 12 points, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Kevin Pinson had 5 steals, and Dee Black led the Dawgs with 6 steals.
Jefferson is now 7-0 in district and 16-6 overall. The Bulldogs have won six straight games with their next contest at home on Tuesday against Elysian Fields.
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