The Jefferson boys freshman basketball team won its final game of the season on Friday, defeating St. Pius in a close one, 40-39.
The Blue Jays opened up a 22-16 halftime lead thanks to ten first half points from Konner Armstrong. Jess Blankenship came through with eight points in the third quarter to extend the home team’s lead to eleven at 35-24. But JHS needed all that cushion as St. Pius came back to outscore Jefferson by ten points in the final period, but the Jays were able to preserve the 40-39 victory.
“The boys did a really good job of getting the ball into our bigs on the block and playing through them,” freshman coach Jake Brooks said. “Konner had a season high 14 points, and Jess added 11 from the other block. We made enough stops on defense to hang on and win.”
After Armstrong’s 14, and Blankeship’s 11, CJ Johnson added eight points, and Sam Stokes chipped in with seven points. “Sam, C. J., and Hayden Beck did a good job of handling the pressure defense from Pius,” Brooks pointed out. “Ian Ehrhardt and Ayden Treece did a good job of coming off the bench ready to contribute.”