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Nothing can stop Cougars

December 17, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Jefferson boys basketball coach Bob Starkey admitted before Saturday's game that he knew "nothing" about North Marion - which entered the contest coming off a 30-point rout of Elkins in its opener Tuesday.

As it turned out, what Starkey didn't know couldn't hurt him.

The Cougars wasted little time wasting the Huskies, rolling to a 22-6 lead after the first quarter en route to an easy 90-56 victory.

Jefferson (2-0) scored in every way imaginable - with slashing drives to the basket, post-up moves, offensive rebounds, 3-pointers and transition layups - using almost every player on the roster.

Seven Cougars scored at least nine points - Gerald Stottlemyer had a team-high 18, Huey Land added 12, Vance Hosby 11 and Ryland Newman, Dewey McDonald, Marquis Jones and John Smallwood each had nine. Hosby had nine rebounds and Newman added eight assists.

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"I think we can go inside, shoot outside and we can drive and penetrate as well," Starkey said. "Our transition game is not where we want it to be, but it's getting better."

Jefferson made nine 3s, five of them coming in a second-quarter burst that helped the Cougars take a 49-20 lead into halftime. Stottlemyer and Jones each made three 3s, Smallwood hit a pair and Danno had the other.

"We're a good shooting team," Starkey said. "Most people don't realize that. When we see a zone, it's a turkey shoot."

The Cougars concentrated on pounding the ball inside in the second half. Hosby had seven of his 11 points in the last 16 minutes, and Land scored all 12 of his after halftime, including a baseline drive and gliding, one-handed dunk in the closing seconds to punctuate the blowout.

Jefferson made 33 of 77 shots (42.9 percent) and 15 of 23 foul shots (65.2 percent). The Cougars took 31 more field goal attempts than North Marion (16-for-46, 34.8 percent), as the Huskies committed 27 turnovers - many on ball-handling violations - compared to Jefferson's 13.

"Even though we don't get steals, we still create turnovers," Starkey said.

Sam Smith was the only player in double figures for North Marion, scoring 18, mostly on acrobatic jumpers from within 12 feet.

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