Lexington Falls to Jarrell
Lexington’s basketball fortunes took a hit Friday night in Jarrell. The Cougars beat Lexington 63- 44 in a game between teams tied for first place and both teams headed to the playoffs. Jarrell took the lead early and never looked back. Lexington showed the same hustle, constant defensive pressure, and opportunistic offense that has served them well throughout district play. This night, the shots did not fall. The pressure did not affect Jarrell as much as it did in the first game at Lexington.
With both teams playing full court pressure defense most of the game, the whistles had something to do with the flow of the game. Jarrell stepped to the free-throw line for 33 shots. Lexington visited the free-throw line only seven times all night. Lexington felt a couple of the officials might have the first name of ‘homer’. Jarrell probably felt the same way at Lexington.
Jarrell concentrated on stopping Julien Clark. Clark had a cold night shooting and the stepped up Jarrell defense had something to do with his troubles. Missing a couple of point blank shots in a row, meant this was not his night.
Early in the game Lexington got the steals it normally does but could not convert them into points. Jarrell on the other hand got some steals and made changes on the scoreboard. The Cougars led 14-8 after the first period.
Lexington continued to fall back during the second quarter as nothing the Eagles tried to do worked out. The Eagles let Jarrell go to the break with a basket that fell in the bucket as the buzzer sounded. Lexington shot with about six seconds left in the half. The Eagles relaxed on defense and Jarrell whipped the ball down the court scoring a lay in just before time expired. The shot gave Jarrell a 33-16 lead.
Another ‘off’ quarter in the third period decided the game as Jarrell opened a 22-point lead. Lexington continued their trademark pressure defense and hustle but it never could get back into the game after fall back so far.
Kaelan Blok and Kelden Wren led the Eagles in scoring with 11- points each.
|Jarrell 63 Lexington 44|
|Lexington (17-11, 8-2)||8||8||14||14||44|
|Jarrell (24-4, 8-1)||14||19||19||11||63|
|Lex-Blok 11, Wren 11, Lovings 7, Murray 3, Crumb 2, Clark 6,|
|Jar-KCooper 22, Mills 3, Ledbetter 2, Burns 5, McDaiel 2,|
|Tucker 17, Earl 1, MCooper 5, Mertink 6|