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Cougars wake up in time

December 18, 2002|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - That whole holiday giving thing almost got the Jefferson girls basketball team into trouble Tuesday night.

Eventually, the Cougars figured out the its-better-to-give-than-to-receive axiom doesn't apply to basketball games, and claimed a 54-44 Apple Valley League game over Berkeley Springs.

After enjoying a double-digit lead for nearly 12 minutes, Jefferson stood by as the Indians pulled to within three, 42-39, before coming back to life to secure the win.

"The girls had the lead and thought everything was OK," said Cougars coach Cheryl Roberts. "They thought it was in the bag. We had to pull them together and rein them back in. They weren't playing with the same intensity."

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Seven points from Danielle Fox sparked an 11-2 Indians run to open the fourth quarter, and the Indians needed less than three minutes to threaten the Cougars' advantage.

But Anny Jenkins finally awakened Jefferson with a seven-footer after a 3-minute, 27-second drought. Keisha Thomas then turned a Berkeley Springs turnover into an easy bucket, and Jill Bradley drilled a 16-footer to extend the margin to 48-39, and effectively shut down the Indians' comeback hopes.

"This loss is not from a lack of hustle," said Berkeley Springs coach Dale McCumbee. "We have to get a little better with our technique, and we didn't take advantage of the opportunities we had."

It was turnovers that created problems for the Indians (1-3, 0-2) early in the game, committing 14 in the first half alone, which gave the Cougars numerous easy points.

"That's a big difference," said McCumbee. "(That) gives them 14 more looks at the basket."

And Thomas and Jenna Bradley took full advantage, combining for 16 first-half points, matching Berkeley Springs' first-half total. Seven different players scored at least two points for Jefferson in the first half.




Jefferson 54, B. Springs 44


BERKELEY SPRINGS (44)

Fox 15, Willard 2, Scherpf 5, Shaw 15, Nuzzolo 4, Kelley 3. Totals 16 10-18 44.

JEFFERSON (54)

Warnick 2, McManus 4, Reed 4, Thomas 14, Je. Bradley 10, Jenkins 8, Ji. Bradley 11, Jacobs 1. Totals 24 5-11 54.

Berk. Springs 6 10 11 17 - 44

Jefferson 11 19 10 14 - 54

Three-point goals - Berkeley Springs 2 (Fox 2), Jefferson 1 (Thomas). JV - Berkeley Springs, 32-22 (BS: Amanda Nichols 8; J: Shawnee Miller 6).

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