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2012-02-16 / Sports

Rogers JV Eagles Fly Past Lexington’s Junior Varsity

by Mark Strain


Corey Strain defies gravity and puts one in for two to start the scoring for Lexington. Corey Strain defies gravity and puts one in for two to start the scoring for Lexington. The Boys JV Lexington Eagles traveled north to face the Eagles of Rogers on Tuesday evening, February 7. Lexington’s # 32 Cameron Janda slapped the tip off straight to #12 Corey Strain, who took the ball down and put it in for two within the first seconds of the game. Lexington turned right around and stole the ball from Rogers, allowing #24 Marcus Cassassa to add two more for an early 4-0 lead. From that point it was a back and forth affair, with both teams employing a press.

Lexington had a modified press, where pressure was placed on the other team, but only by one or two defensive players. Rogers, on the other hand, was using a full court press, and everyone was manned up.

The first period ended with a 12-12 tie. The second period saw the teams trade scoring. Lexington would score, then Rogers would score, then Lexington would score, then Rogers, and on it went.


Marcus Cassassa goes up strong to block the shot. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Marcus Cassassa goes up strong to block the shot. PHOTO BY MARK STRAIN. Towards the end of the half, the teams started trading one and one foul shooting. The half ended with Rogers scoring one free throw more than Lexington, 19-18.

With the start of the third period, Rogers, as a team, was doing a good job pressuring and reading the inbound passes. The score was back and forth, again, until the final few seconds, when Rogers was able to score ahead of Lexington, then stole the inbound pass, and put it back in for two with two seconds left in the third. The third period ended with Rogers on top, 31-26.

The fourth period started with the single referee calling for both teams to break their huddles. After a second whistle, the referee set the ball on the ground and started counting. Lexington’s # 11 Jamyon Scott ran across the court to grab the ball, while # 32 Cameron Janda headed to the basket. Scott made a nice half court pass, and Janda put it in for two, while Rogers was busy scrambling to get on the court. With a little over six minutes in the fourth still to play, Lexington’s Janda went to the bench with five fouls.


Cameron Janda was the JV’s leading scorer in the heartbreak loss to Rogers. Cameron Janda was the JV’s leading scorer in the heartbreak loss to Rogers. Rogers bombed a 3-pointer, and then the fouls started adding up. Rogers sent two players to the bench with five fouls each. The game finally ended with good effort by both teams, but with a score that said, “Rogers was better tonight: 42-33”.

Scoring for the JV Lexington Eagles were: 2 by #40 Gabriel McMahan; 3 by # 11 Jamyon Scott; 6 by #24 Marcus Cassassa; 8 by #12 Corey Strain and 14 by #32 Cameron Janda.



In the picture at the left, Jason Washington goes strong to the basket to tie the game against Thorndale, just after halftime. In the picture at the left, Jason Washington goes strong to the basket to tie the game against Thorndale, just after halftime.

At the right, Meghann Wrinkle vies for the basketball in Rogers. 
PHOTOS BY MIKE ORGAN. At the right, Meghann Wrinkle vies for the basketball in Rogers. PHOTOS BY MIKE ORGAN.

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