JEFFERSON HIGH School senior Tay Taylor scored 18 points last Saturday en route to a 71-38 Dragon victory over rival Commerce.
“With Commerce being your arch rival, it’s always a game you want to win,” said Dragon head coach Boling DuBose. “They had been playing really well and scoring a lot of points. To hold them to 38, we did a really good job defensively.”
Jefferson jumped out to an early 13-0 lead in the first period, but the Tigers battled back and cut the deficit to eight points. The Commerce points surge didn’t last long as the Dragons’ press defense held the Tigers to only 18 first half points.
With the score at 40-18 at halftime, the Dragons cakewalked to an eventual 71-38 victory.
“Defensively, our press bothered them,” added DuBose. “We made them take some perimiter shots that I don’t think they wanted to take. We played a lot of guys. Now that we have everybody out there, we have some depth. I think that really wears teams down. “
Taylor, Satchel Turpin (17) and Roc Young (10) all scored double digit points on the way to the victory.
Last Friday, the Dragons earned their first Region 8-AA victory of the season after knocking off Social Circle 70-33.
Jefferson had 12 players score points, while Connor McCullough (13), Hunter Thompson (12) and Taylor (10) scored double digit points.
“I thought we played really well. Social Circle is young and a bit short handed,” DuBose said. “We jumped out on them quickly and got control of the game early. They didn’t have a lot of guys dressed out, so we wanted to make it a fast paced game and tire them out.”
Tuesday, the Dragons fell to Decatur 62-59.
On Thursday, Jefferson travels to Oconee County for the Dragons’ final matchup before the holiday break. Jefferson defeated the Warriors 70-67 in overtime in this season’s opening contest.
“It’s going to be difficult,” added DuBose. “We know they are good and they will challenge us. That’s what we need heading into Christmas (break).”
Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m.
THE JEFFERSON High School girls’ basketball team had no problems knocking off rival Commerce at home last weekend.
The Lady Dragons (9-3, 1-0) took a commanding early lead and never looked back en route to a 64-13 victory. The win marked the Dragons’ third straight game of scoring over 60 points. Abbie Franklin and Chandler Bragg led the Dragon scoring effort with 16 points each.
Last Friday, the Lady Dragons defeated Social Circle 61-7 on the road. Head coach Jason Gibson noted that almost everyone on the team notched substantial playing time in the blowout victory.
Tuesday, the Dragons were edged 61-57 in overtime by Decatur.
Kellie Goza was the leading Jefferson scorer with 19 points. Goza also tallied seven rebounds. Franklin added 15 points and six assists.
The Lady Dragons will travel to Oconee County to take on the Warriors Thursday at 7 p.m.