Lexington Falls to Jarrell
The Lexington Eagles played the #3 ranked Jarrell Cougars to a stand off for most of the game before succumbing 39-31. The Eagles employed a “box and one” defense to nullify the Cougars’ big scoring ace, Morgan Cooper. A box and one is when you play one player man-to-man and a four-man zone on the rest of the team. Jason Washington started out as the ‘one’ as he hounded Cooper all over the court. The tactic by Coach Holcomb worked as Cooper did not score in the first quarter. The Eagles also slowed down their offense effectively, resting on offense as they prepared to defend against the undefeated scoring machine.
The two teams battled the first quarter with Jarrell coming out ahead 8-6. Neither team scored until less than four minutes remained on the clock. Jarrell scored first with Zach Lay scoring on the next possession to tie. Jarrell then upped the ante with a foul and free throw to lead 5-2. Eriq Mitchell dropped a deuce to close to 5-4. Jarrell then got a trey to up their lead to 8-4. Antonio Washington blocked out well under the offensive backboard where he snagged a rebound and put the ball back into the basket.
More tight ball followed in the second quarter, as Lexington scored five in the second quarter. A.J. Flot got a rebound and put it back in to tie at eight. Jarrell countered with a pair of baskets, their only scores of the quarter, to open a 12-8 lead. Flot made one of two free throws. Jason Washington almost tied the game with a basket and one. On the free throw, Lexington was called for a lane violation that negated the made free throw and the tie.
The third quarter was more of the same as the teams battled, with Jarrell winning the quarter 11-10 to own a 23-21 lead. Lexington could tie, but never pulled ahead in the quarter. The last time was a tie at 21 as Donnie Havard scored on a pure hustle play. Havard missed a three-point shot with Jarrell getting the rebound. He hustled around, knocking the ball loose. Jason Washington got the ball and passed to Havard for the layup. He was fouled on the shot, making it a three-point play.
Jarrell finally got some distance between the two teams late in the fourth period, winning the quarter 16-10 and the game 39-31.
What hurt Lexington was 0 for 6 shooting from behind the threepoint arc. The Eagles were only 12 of 35 from the field the entire game. It didn’t help that Lexington only made 7 of 15 from the free throw line.
The Eagle JV lost to Jarrell 40- 37 as Jarrell swept Lexington Friday night.