By BOB PALMER & AUSTIN FARMER
Jimplecute Bulldog Beacon Staff
PITTSBURG – After punishing Mount Vernon, 56-34, for their second playoff win in as many weeks, Jefferson High School basketball players exuded a sense of calm heading into a regional quarter final showdown Tuesday against Arp.
“I am used to the pressure now from playing football and basketball for so long,” Dee Black said.
Against Mount Vernon, Jefferson demonstrated first class pickpocket skills with 14 steals against only three for the Tigers.
Courtlyn Sims believes he can bring “confidence and open mindedness to learn new things” to the team effort.
Kylan Thomas tries to not let frustration affect him.
The Dawgs had to remain patient against Mount Vernon who grabbed 30 rebounds against 21 for JHS. JHS also had nine assists during the game. Mount Vernon had only two.
Carlos Jackson has seen the Dawgs improve since last year.
“We play better as a team now,” he said.
Chris Shepard shared the rituals he performs before a game.
“I listen to music, focus on the game to set my mind right,” Shepard said.
Josh Thomas bluntly said what it would take to get to the next round, “Playing against the other team and the refs.”
Jakardan Davidson sees the team’s strengths as speed and teamwork.
Chrishon Hicks doesn’t let riding the pine get him down.
“Coach Dowell does it for a reason so I can cool down so I do not get mad because they believe in me being an asset to the team,” Hicks said.
Zion Hopes, a move-in, sees a different team chemistry from his old school.
“Jefferson is more of a family because we have each other’s back and support each other through every sport,” Hopes said.
The Bulldogs advance to regional quarterfinals Tuesday. They will play Arp in Spring Hill at 7 p.m.
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