JESSIEVILLE – Jessieville started their game against Dover on a 10-0 streak and never came close to giving up the lead in a 33-20 win for the Junior Lions at Jessieville Sports Arena on Friday night.
Neither team scored until more than two minutes had passed on the first quarter clock, and Aiden Deen opened the scoring with a free throw for Jessieville.
Brisonn Johnson added a quick break for the Junior Lions, and later in the quarter he drained a 3-point for an 8-0 lead at Jessieville after the team made several passes in search of the perfect open shot .
“I thought we were sharing the ball pretty well against their zone,” said head coach Jared White. “We played hard, and that’s what we’ve been working on. We have to find consistency.… Today we were much better. We played four quarters with constant effort.”
The Junior Pirates came into the game without some of their players, and Dover head coach Cavin Reed said it took some time for his side to settle into the game.
“We have had six kids quarantined in the last two days, so (we) had a lot of kids, eighth and ninth graders, who hadn’t really touched the ground somehow had their own. first chance in some time to get along on the ground, ”he said. “It wasn’t a conference game so it’s useful. So a lot of kids are getting experience, and Jessieville still has that pressure and plays really hard.”
Jessieville continued to dominate in the second quarter and led 18-8 in intermission.
Kingston Morrow opened the third quarter with straight layups for a 22-8 second-half lead. Following a turnaround at Dover, Ethan Lewis struggled hard in the paint before scoring to extend the Junior Lions lead to 16 points.
The Pirates faced turnovers all night, and Reed attributed that to his team’s inexperience.
“They threw it where they knew they had to shoot it but didn’t look, and there’s a defender there or something like that, but it was a good opportunity,” Reed said. . “I hope the next time we see them for the conference game we have our two teams. I’m pretty sure their high school had a few kids as well. It was good luck for some kids who didn’t. not been on the floor to get in and get reps. “
Jessieville appeared to be playing physically in the paint in the third quarter. Morrow rebounded offensively before suffering a foul on the follow-up shot. He made one of his free throws for a 25-10 lead, and Deen followed with a physical layup on the inside to extend the lead to 17 points.
“We understand how to attack the area,” White said. “Now we just have to be able to make the guys finish games when we get it where we want it, but that’s part of college. They have to work at it and keep improving. I thought about the movement of the ball was great. They shared the ball well. “
Dover stopped the bleeding slightly when Bates knocked down a wide-open 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to make it 30-18. Morrow scored Jessieville’s final points after performing a layup while being fouled, then hitting the next free throw.
Masters led Dover with 10 points and Bates scored six for the Junior Pirates.
Morrow and Johnson led the Junior Lions with seven points apiece, and Zhen Denger added six points.
“I thought we were definitely pretty active,” White said. “We’ve definitely turned some of the defense into attack tonight. When we’re having trouble scoring that’s something we have to do. I think we did a good job for sure.”