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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE -Thursday, December 23, 1999 1 3 to drive to the basket against a Bowling The Cougars lost their opener to the fast- By Bob Madison enough to get Jefferson to the foul The less strategy involved, the with 6:40 left in the half, but the more advantageous it was to the Bowling Brook brought a physi- Thoroughbreds kept at their hur- run-run Thoroughbreds. cal presence to Shenandoah Junc- ried pace. Without a court spread from tion for Jefferson's season opener With muscular Ian Brenner lit-end to end with players, Jefferson The Thoroughbreds had a team- erally owning the inside and the was almost as capable as Bowling wide stable of athletes that at game's quickest player --- Jesse Brook---almost, but not quite. times overwhelmed the Cougars Corley --- running free in the open Jefferson took much of the rapid- with their strength, quickness, and court, it seemed as if Bowlingfire nature out of the game in the rapid-paced style of basketball. Brook got to every loose ball,second half. It was able to slice After building a 22-point half- nearly every rebound, and forced some points offits telling deficit as time lead, the Thoroughbreds errors from Jefferson with de-the second half wore on, but had settled for an eventual 74-57 win in flected passes, stolen dribbles, and turnovers even in its halfcourt of- their ninth game of the season, a physical style of basketball the fense. Cougars are unlikely to see in any Both teams tried full court pres- other team on their schedule. The Thoroughbreds led 70-49 sure, but it was Bowling Brook with only 4:10 to play. which had the more physical play- ers. And, thus, it caused Jefferson Brenner and Corley each scoredThe slower pace and half court to fall into a turnover pattern that 12 points in the first half. Even offenses peopled mostly with re- led to a 14-8 lead after 4:38 into the Jefferson's frequent trips to the serves from both teams enabled first period, foul line went mostly unrewarded Jefferson to get a little closer, but The most assertive and aggressive as they connected on less than 50 with Brenner and Corley ready to athletes will usually win out in a percent of their tries, return if necessary, no one was game that is fueled by all-court Jefferson couldn't conduct a fa- ready to believe Jefferson was go- pressure and individual skills, vorable full court pressure game ing to make any real inroads in the with Bowling Brook. impressive lead. Bowling Brook had nothing but players that could run and run Coach Eric Fagan tried nine of Throughout the second half, the some more, jump and jump some his 14 players, but he didn't have Cougars became aware of the futil- more, and send Jefferson bodies ca- anyone with the strength to halt ity of trying to keep pace with the reening out of their path to a re- Brenner or the quickness to men- ' Thoroughbreds. They displayed an bound or the basket if that is what ace Corley. awareness of what they were up it took to secure their objectives. The quicker the tempo, the bet- against --- that being a team with a Fouls were whistled often ter the Thoroughbreds liked it. vast advantage in games played, in experience and cohesiveness, and a comfort zone in its style of play. Jefferson shot better both from the field and the foul line. It was better able to limit Bowling Brook's second and third shot bas- kets, and it curtailed its wasteful ways in giving away turnovers. No Jefferson player stood above his teammates in being exempt from the pressure and mistakes caused by the muscular Thorough- breds. The statistical charts can only attest to the disruption caused in the first half by Bowling Brook. Jefferson shot less than 40 per- cent from the field and less than 55 percent from the free throw line. It had 16 turnovers in the first half and couldn't piece together a five- player unit of consistency at any time because of the constant physi- cal harassment every player faced. A definite picture of what this team will become was not available after the game. That's because Bowling Brook is the best team on the schedule and it was playing its ninth game of the season. A clearer impression might be fbrthcoming after a weekend play- ing Keyser and then Bowling Brook again in a two-day tourna- ment in Martinsburg; .i left) islost out of bounds by a James as Edwards (left) and Lindsay Edwards (22) her in a trap at midcourt. Dunked SWim meet with sec- Martinsburg, the ' team defeated the ,and the Jefferson their counterparts, !ii: for the girls were (500 free), Sara ), Stephanie Warfel Houghton (200 units on the girls free) Houghton, Lancaster, and and the (400 elrodt place girls fin- (200 free and 500 (200 IM and 100 Lancaster (50 free Houghton (100 by Swimmers back), and Jenna Caling (100 fly). Finishing second in relays were Heather Miller, Carrell, Warfel, and Nesselrodt (200 medley) and Caling, Strube, Carrell, and Heather Miller (400 free). Winning for the boys were Michael Kimpel (200 free and 100 free), Chris Hare (200 IM), Louis Strube (50 free), Jason Miller (100 fly), and Tom Levac (100 breast- stroke). Winning boys relays were the 200 medley unit comprised of Hare, Miller, Strube, and Devin McMillan, the 200 free unit of McMillan, Kimpel, Miller, and Strube, and the 400 free unit of Darin Kordyak, Levac, Kimpel, and Tim Gray. Finishing second were Strube (500 free), McMillan (50 free and 100 free), Miller (100 back), Kordyak (200 IM), and Liam Bowers (100 breaststroke). .@ match Bowl- players --- second half it because the Thor- outside shooting the had figured out and weaknesses of Second half started, in a halfcourt 2-3 Bowling Brook's . and started on its 9 win in its season art game blunted Brook's advan- could'no longer run their quickness. the compact enabled the Cou- the inside offense g play of Layton 12 first-half points itself of the it had in the rebounds wasn't buried the 23-12 deficit by for the first 14 Brook out- found the s didn't own a sig- nificant perimeter shooter. Jefferson outpointed the visi- tors by 20-12 in the turnaround third quarter. When the revived Cougars man- aged the first seven points of the fourth period, their 46-37 lead looked uncatchable. A scrambling Bowling Brook de- fense whittled the Jefferson lead to 50-45. The full court Thoroughbred press made the game one of scoring spurts and turnover spurts with turnovers and fouls mostly sharing the spotlight. The last four minutes were mostly helter-skelter, but Jefferson's hard-earned lead held up against the pressure. Bowling Brook's Earl Richardson scored seven open- court points in the last part of the quarter, but the three-point shoot- ing and all-round scoring of Jefferson's Kevin Jackson kept the Cougars ahead. Jefferson shot 12 more second- half free throws than did Bowling Brook. Added to Jackson's 23 points, the free throw production saved the first-game victory for the Cougars. The lack of outside or even 15- foot shooters had ruined the Thor- oughbreds. When Jefferson discovered that Bowling Brook had an Achilles heel, the game turned and then stayed in Jefferson's favor. After making just 3-of-17 shotsthe jayvee win) came into the game in the first quarter, Jefferson's girls for the first time. changed defenses to try to hurry The fullcourt press was rein- James Wood's tempo and open thestated to begin the fourth period. court to layups and transition bas- Jefferson assumed a 49-17 lead at kets. one time as Lindsay Edwards As it had in Jefferson's first two scored eight of her 12 points. games, the full court pressure de- James Wood had nine more fense washed away the opposition's turnovers in the last quarter, corn- confidence, caused numerous floor pleting its mostly self-inflicted loss errors, and boosted the Lady Cou- with much the same misfortunes it gar lead. experienced in the second quarter. Jefferson outscored the falter-Open court scoring and excel- ing Lady Colonels, 18 -2, in the sec- lent free throw shooting (10-of-12) ond quarter to grab a turnover-in- helped Amy Edwards to her game- duced 25-6 lead at the halfen route high 18 points, while Genelle Botje to m~ eventual 51-22 win. contributed nine points. Ellen Jefferson steals near midcourt,Brosh was credited with four out- Wood turnovers galore, and the right steals, five assists, and untold easy baskets that sometimes re-deflected passes and joined the sulted from both left the Lady Edwards sisters in disrupting any Colonels searching for unfound an- semblance of James Wood orga- swers by the ha!fs completion, nized "press breaking" offense. Brosh played long segments of The Lady Colonels had 13 turn- both halves because of the early overs in the second quarter alone, foul trouble incurred by center Only two James Wood shot at- Sheron Yates. tempts came in the first 4:52 of the Steals. Turnovers. A disrupted second quarter, so effective was opponent's offense. All have been Jefferson's fullcourt, pressure de- in the limelight in Jefferson's three fense on the still winless Ladyeasy wins to date. Colonels. **************** Jefferson led 37-16 after a third Equal amounts of Jefferson quarter that saw just a brief pressure defense, almost total in- glimpse of continuing full court experience on Mercersburg pressure by Jefferson. Most of the Academy's team, and a second half quarter was spent in a 1-3-1 filled with Jefferson reserves were halfcourt zone and then reserves the ingredients of substance in the Sara Crowe, Lauren Atkinson, and Lady Cougars' 59-35 win last Nicole Howell (who had scored 14 Wednesday in the Pennsylvania points in three quarters of play in town. Jefferson recovered mentally much faster from its Friday defeat in the two-day tournament held in Martinsburg than did Bowling Brook (which lost by five points to the host Bulldogs) and the Cougars were able to post their first win of the new boys basketball season, 71-49,over the Thoroughbreds. Now 1-2, the Cougars used their energy to take a 18-9 lead after just one quarter of Saturday's game. Jefferson then used its depth to outscore the uninspired Thorough- breds by a 21-13 count in the sec- ond period to assume a 39-22 lead at the half. This was against the same team that had led the Cou- gars by 20 points in Shenandoah Junction on Wednesday. Jefferson then outscored the Thoroughbreds (now 6-5 overall) by a 32-27 margin in the second half to garner its first win of the season. Jefferson's full court pressure was more effective than it had been against Bowling Brook on Wednes- day in its season-opening loss. Also, the Jefferson halfcourt defense, halfcourt offense, and rebounding on both ends was also improved. Jermar Togans (11), Damon McDowell (10), William Reno (8), and Timmy Scott (7) paced the Jefferson scorers. Every Jefferson player dressed got into the scoring column and the Jefferson depth also supplied fresher legs than Bowling Brook brought to the game. The Cougars had fallen to 0-2 after Friday's 71-58 loss to Keyser. Keyser made 10 three-point field goals in improving its record to 1-1. The Golden Tornado made five three-point field goals in shooting 70 percent in the first quarter and taking a 19-11 lead. Jefferson played its best basket- ball of the game in the last four I Jefferson pressured the be- fuddled Blue Storm in the early go- ing, then settled into a half court game that lent itself to the inside scoring of Cougar sophomore Sheron Yates. Yates had eight of her game-high 17 points in the first half as Jefferson led 39-11 by the break. Jefferson improved to 2-0 as se- nior Amy Edwards scored 15 points, sophomore Lindsay Edwards notched 15 points, junior Jiketta Underwood had six and sophomore Genelle Botje had six. The Lady Cougar reserves were outscored 15-5 in the fourth quar: ter to bring the difference back to 24 points by the final horn. The Lady Cougar jayvees im- proved to 2-0 with an equally easy win over the Blue Storm jayvees. minutes of the second quarter when it sliced eight points off the Keyser lead to trail only 33-31 at the half. The Cougars actually led 38-33 early in the third quarter, but the Golden Tornado outpointed the Cougars, 16-4, over the last four minutes of the third quarter to take a 49-42 lead after three peri- ods. McDowell posted a team-high 17 points and Togans added 11 more, but Jefferson was outscored in the fourth quarter by six points. The Cougars finished their pre- Christmas schedule with a game at Hampshire last night. ,i ii Genelle Botje (23) and Jiketta Underwood set sail after a James Wood dribbler in top picture and at the bottom Devin Hosby tries to get a pass around the physical presence of a Bowling Brook player. The Jeffersor~ Wrestling team Dustin Householder at 2"75 Abshire (130), and Andre won three more dual matches on gained a second Rlace, while Jeff McDonald won both their matches, Saturday. The Cougars were en- Wratchford (189) was third andwhile Tony Hardin (135), Rob tered in the Keyser Invitational Ryan Smith (103)was fourth. Osuch (152), Jacob Morton (171), and improved their overall record and Jeff Wratchford (189) all won to 7-1 with wins over Grafton (56- The Cougars split matches on one match. 24), Philip Barbour (39-36), and Tuesday, beating Francis Scott Key Griffith recorded two pins, Keyser (59-18). 40-25 despite forfeiting threeAbshire won both his matches Individual wrestlers who were weight classes and then losing to when his opponents were injured unbeaten for the three matches Williamsport 52-17, again forfeit- with Abshire having large leads , were Rob Osuch (152), Jacob ing three matches, and McDonald won by a pin and a Morton (170), Ryan Peckham (125), Chantz Griffith (112), Devin forfeit. Andre McDonald (145), Devin Abshire (130), and Chantz Griffith (112). 45 E. tmlrll M llr DIRECTV Beginners. Starting January 3. Eight Mondays, from 6:15 to 7:15, $40.00. Barbara Feldman has practiced T'ai Chi Ch'uan for 16 years & taught for seven years. Classes at the nearby Jefferson County Community Center u, Route 9 near T.A. Lowery Elementary School. Other T'ai Chi, Chi Kung, & karate classes ongoing. Call Barbara 725-3756. 264-8888