By SETH BUCKNER
A short-handed Jefferson High School overcame foul trouble to easily defeat Hughes Springs High on Friday night.
Rebounding was key as the Bulldogs grabbed 23 offensive rebounds. These rebounds led to many second chance points that would ultimately doom the Mustangs.
Hughes Springs won the tip and scored the first basket only five seconds into the game. It would be the only lead they would have, and it went away fast.
Chrishon Hicks followed his own miss with a basket to tie the score. JHS then went on a 12-2 run to lead 12-4. The Dawgs led 18-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Chris Shepard had a steal and assist to Kevin Pinson to start the second quarter. Hicks had back-to-back blocks, and then Josh Thomas scored to make it 22-12.
The Dawgs then went cold from the floor, missing several easy shots. It was worse for Hughes Springs as they seemed to have a lid on their basket. The Bulldogs outscored the Mustangs 11-2 in the quarter to lead 29-14 at halftime.
The exciting moment in the third quarter was at the close. The Mustangs Bryce Johnston hit a half-court shot as the horn sounded. It gave the home fans something to cheer about, but Jefferson still led 50-24 heading to the last quarter.
The Mustangs scored the first four points of the fourth, prompting Coach Treston Dowell to call a timeout. On the first play after the timeout, Hicks had a powerful dunk that brought a gasp out of the crowd. The game was never in doubt as JHS romped to an easy win over Hughes Springs.
With starting guard Kylan Thomas out for undisclosed reasons, the bench players stepped up in a big way. Freshman Josh Thomas got the start tonight and took full advantage of the extra playing time. He scored 14 points and hit 4-5 from behind the arch.
Three other bench players made big impacts. Sophomore Carlos “Turbo” Jackson made several great passes to get his teammates easy baskets. Freshman Jarkardan Davidson had 4 points, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. Junior Dee Black scored 7 points.
Rawls and Hicks both finished with double-doubles. Rawls had 15 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals. Hicks finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
Kevin Pinson scored 6 points, Chris Shepard had 4, and Kenneth Bell tallied 2. The Dawgs had 21 assists on 24 made shots and had 17 steals.
The Dawgs are now 10-1 in district, and 19-7 overall. Next up for JHS is a rematch on Tuesday night with Daingerfield. The Bulldogs beat the Tigers 87-49 earlier in the season.
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