COACH Britt Beaver wasn’t looking forward to the film review of this one.
Jackson County executed its offense meticulously for three quarters Friday only to watch a five-point fourth quarter lead slip away in a 43-34 loss to North Oconee.
Xavier Harper led Jackson County with 11 points, and Jared Scott added seven.
“It’s just frustrating because I felt real good about our game plan,” Beaver said. “We know we had it in place and we saw it work. We got away from it in the fourth quarter for whatever reason. I don’t think it was fatigue.”
Save for a three-pointer from Peter Thao early, Jackson County attacked the middle relentlessly for the first three quarters and scored all its points inside, even leading by 10 points once early in the third quarter.
Then, came a disastrous fourth.
North Oconee cracked a three-pointer to start the fourth quarter and ignite a 16-2 run to overtake the Panthers. Kolin Zimmer scored Jackson County’s lone bucket in the final period.
“We just got away from things that we knew how do to,” Beaver said.
The loss cost Jackson County to move into a tie with North Oconee for fourth in 8-AA South.
“It was get-able,” Beaver said of the game. “We had a good game plan in place. We had all our home fans here, and (the players) are hanging their heads because they know. They know they just let that one slide.”