Despite a double-double from Jared Scott in his final game as a Panther, Jackson County (6-17) was ousted from the 8-AA tournament with a 54-43 loss Monday in the first round to Banks County.
Scott finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Kolin Zimmer added eight points in his final high school game.
Beaver reflected on the season.
“We knew with only one returning varsity starter and one other player who saw varsity minutes last season, that we would have our work cut out for us,” he said. “Jared Scott did an incredible job carrying us this season. He scored inside and out and led the team in scoring, rebounds, blocks and charges.”
Beaver said he had hoped the program would carry over the momentum generated by a solid senior class last season.
“Our kids played hard this season,” he said. “We won six and lost another six by less than five points, and struggled to score in several. We are excited about returning solid group next year that will be more experienced than our group this year.”
Jackson County finished the regular season in less than ideal fashion with a 71-33 loss to Jefferson Friday.
The Dragons scored the first 23 points of the contest in the dominating win.
Jeshua Kidd hit a long jumper from the corner in the waning seconds of the first quarter to give Jefferson a 17-0 lead. The Dragons built a 23-0 lead in the second quarter after a basket from Satchel Turpin.
Jackson County got on the scoreboard nearly two and a half minutes into the second quarter with a free throw from Xavier Harper. The Dragons upped their lead to 53-27 after three quarters and unloaded their bench in the final quarter. Jefferson’s subs pushed the lead over 30.
Zimmer scored seven points to lead the Panthers on a frigid offensive night.
“We just didn’t shoot it well,” Beaver said. “We didn’t shoot it well from the free throw line. And the guys, they’ve worked hard. We did a ton of shooting all week. Shot it lights out, and then we got into the game and just struggled. Struggled to put it in the hole.”