By BOB PALMER & AUSTIN FARMER
Jimplecute Bulldog Beacon Staff
Editor’s Note: Portions of the article below were published Monday.
SPRING HILL – The Bulldogs advanced to the Regional Semifinals Tuesday night in a nailbiter double-overtime win over Arp, 52-49.
The Jefferson High School boys’ basketball team has not advanced this far in the playoffs since 2008.
The team will take on the Madison Trojans Friday, March 6 at 6 P.M. in Prosper.
Jefferson High School basketball players exuded a sense of calm heading into a regional quarterfinal showdown Tuesday against Arp.
“I am used to the pressure now from playing football and basketball for so long,” Dee Black said.
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.
Carlos Jackson has seen the Dawgs improve since last year.
“We play better as a team now,” he said.
“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.
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