Tuesday’s Jefferson boys junior varsity basketball game had some real highlights as the team’s offense was clicking pretty well in the second and fourth quarters. On the other hand, the first and third quarters left a lot to be desired as the Blue Jays lost at West County, 56-47.
And while the offense had its high and low moments, according to JV coach Jake Brooks, there were bigger concerns. “We struggled with rebounding and turnovers,” he admitted. “We have really enforced boxing out over the past month, and when the kids do it well, we succeed as a team. I thought we didn’t do a very good job of that against West County, and allowed ourselves to get pushed around on the road.”
After falling behind 17-7 after the first quarter, the Jays made a move in the second quarter and closed to within seven at halftime. Drew Breeze knocked down ten points in the half as JHS trailed 28-21. But the third quarter saw Jefferson just score five points (all from Breeze) as the West County lead ballooned to 41-26. Then all of a sudden, the team got hot again in the fourth quarter. Breeze scored nine points, while Jack Hueter and Will Breeze each netted six points as Jefferson outscored the Bulldogs, 21-15, but it was too little, too late.
“We only got to the free throw line twice all game compared to their 28 attempts,” Coach Brooks pointed out. “That’s partially because we weren’t aggressive to the rim and settled for outside shots. Moving forward, we need to be more aggressive to the rim with strong takes.” West County was 18-of-28 from the line on the night, and converted 11 in the fourth quarter alone.
Drew Breeze did everything he could as he scored 24 points. He hit one three pointer in each of the first three quarters, and then added three in the fourth. Will Breeze added ten points, while Hueter finished with six. CJ Johnson chipped in with three points, while Jeremiah Chipps and Jess Blankenship closed out the scoring with two points each.
Jefferson will try to get back on track Friday at Scott City. The JV game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m.