Hedgesville (10-12), which started the season 1-10, moved into Friday's Region II final against Martinsburg on the strength of a 8-0 run which opened the second half. The Eagles led 35-33 at the break, but took control behind the quickness of point guard Kenny "L'il Penny" Roberts, who scored four points in the rally.
"L'il Penny did a great job," Scott said. "Curtis (Richards) and Byron (Reed) stepped up and Brady (Catlett) made a huge play on an out-of-bounds play to hit a key 3 for us. Look back on all those things. We scored five times on out of bounds plays, two of them were 3s. That's huge and it all counts up."
Catlett led Hedgesville with 21 points and Shane Moats added 17. Roberts and Reed had 13 each.
As well as Hedgesville played, it still couldn't put Jefferson (9-13) away. The Cougars fell behind by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter, but still challenged in the end.
Jefferson used a 9-0 run during the last 3:30 to pull within 76-71 with 16 seconds remaining. The Cougars fouled to put Hedgesville at the line. The Eagles failed to convert the foul shots, but were able to get the rebounds to protect the lead.
"The last 16 seconds was the epitome of what we did all year," Jefferson coach John Lowery said. "We didn't box out on the free throws and then we threw the ball away when we got down the floor. We just couldn't get over the hump."
Mackie Smith scored 21 points for the Cougars.