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Eagles live, die by the 3

December 30, 2000

Eagles live, die by the 3



Jefferson needs double overtime to dispose of Hedgesville

By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - After living by the 3-point shot for 36 minutes, the Hedgesville boys basketball team took a 3-point dagger to the heart.

Jefferson guard Kevin Jackson drilled a pair of 3s in the second overtime to send the Eagles to a 61-53 setback in the finals of the City National Bank Holiday Tournament at Shepherd College's Butcher Center.

After attempting 20 3-pointers in regulation play, Hedgesville's Nicky Brown buried a trey with eight seconds left in the first overtime to forced a second extra period.

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But those four minutes belonged to Jefferson. Jackson canned a 3 just 13 seconds into the period to start a 10-0 Cougars run - including Jackson's second 3-pointer - that doomed the Eagles.

"Timely 3-point shooting and solid defense made the difference," said Jefferson coach Scott Douglas. "And I think we showed a little mental toughness at the end."

The Cougars (2-2) chipped away at a 13-3 Hedgesville lead to take a 23-22 lead themselves at the half, before eight points from Brian Clarke kept the Eagles (4-1) within reach through the early stages of the fourth quarter. Chris Leborious' field goal knotted things at 38-38 with 59 seconds left in regulation.

"We didn't lose," said Eagles coach Kelly Church. "We got beat. Jefferson deserved to win this game, but I'm extremely proud of ours kids and their effort."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the girls final, Martinsburg wasted little time disposing of Jefferson 62-27 behind Danielle Murray and LaSha Anderson.

Anderson buried a trio of 3-pointers in the first three minutes to bury the Cougars (5-1) in an early 20-1 hole from which they could not escape.

In the second period, Murray took over, scoring eight of her 13 points for a 43-13 halftime advantage that all but sealed the win for Martinsburg (4-3). Meanwhile, Jefferson's leading scorer, Genelle Kotje, was forced the sit through much of the game with foul trouble.

"The kids played with a lot of intensity, they played real well defensively, did an excellent job executing," Bulldogs coach Don Bullett said. "They just played real, real well. I was even satisfied with the second group that came off the bench."

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