THE JEFFERSON High School girls’ basketball team improved to 3-0 in region play on Tuesday after knocking off Oglethorpe County at home.
The Lady Dragons came out flat in the first period of play, only scoring nine points. After head coach Jason Gibson encouraged the Dragons to speed up their play, Jefferson exploded onto the scoreboard. The Lady Dragons outscored the Patriots 26-9 in the fourth quarter and coasted to a 68-33 win.
Freshmen Abbie Franklin (18) and Hope Forrester (10) led the Lady Dragon scoring effort.
Last Friday, the Lady Dragons defeated Greene County 59-41 on the road.
Gibson noted that the team “had a chip on its shoulder,” after falling to the Tigers in overtime in the region championship last season. Gibson noted “exemplary” play by his post players.
“Our girls did a great job of boxing out and getting rebounds against a team with some really good size,” he added.
Franklin led the Dragons with 23 points. Kellie Goza added 12 points, while Jerilyn Williamson contibuted eight.
Last Wednesday, the Dragons travelled to Rabun County, where they narrowly fell 50-47 to the Wildcats.
Jefferson was outscored 19-10 in the first period, but battled back to outscore the Wildcats in the other three quarters. However, the comeback fell short as time expired.
Franklin scored 17 points, while Goza and Williamson each contributed eight.
While Rabun County is technically in Region 8-AA, the Jefferson defeat did not count as a region loss as each team plays one region game that is counted as out-of-conference during the season.
At 3-0 in region play, the Lady Dragons are at the top of the 8-AA standings. If Jefferson can hold on to its lead through three more region tilts, then the Lady Dragons will earn the chance to host the Region 8-AA tournament.
This Friday, the Dragons will travel to Washington-Wilkes for a region contest with the Tigers at 7 p.m.