The Jefferson High School girls’ basketball season came to an early and disappointing end Tuesday, with a first-round loss in the state playoffs to undefeated Kendrick in Columbus.
But the spirit-crushing blow really arrived Friday, during the Lady Dragons’ semifinal loss in the region 8-AA tournament in Greensboro.
JHS fell 55-50 in overtime to Greene County High School, which managed an unfathomable finish to end regulation time.
Down with 3.3 seconds left to play and two foul shot opportunities, Greene County had just one play to make in order to tie the game.
JHS coach Jason Gibson told his team the Tigers would make one foul shot, if possible, and miss one in order to get the last shot.
“You have to block out, get rebound, chin it and brace yourself,” Gibson said. “They will foul you.”
That’s what happened. Yet the whistle never blew.
See the Feb. 20 edition of the Jackson Herald for the full story.