Jefferson Roars To Life Late Against Oakridge

By Jeremy McDonald

JEFFERSON, Ore.–  It took some time for the Jefferson Girls basketball team to find their groove, but they managed to flip the switch to rally by Oakridge for their first win of the season 44-24.

In their second-season in Zach Maison’s system, they are already seeing the improvements with their offense compared to this point last season despite having a few new faces on the court for this short-season despite being down 22-21 at the 3:30 mark of the third quarter.

“We’ve already had a lot of improvements from last year just on our offense and I think we’ll still keep getting better.  I think our inbounds plays are doing good, there’s still some stuff we can improve on:  Defense, communicating, not fouling,” laughed Lions Senior Cassie Cheever.  “But I think we’re doing good so far.”

Cheever scored eight points in the game, six in the second half as Jefferson finished the final 3:30 of the third quarter on a 7-1 run.  The end of quarter rally built into the 23-2 run over the course of the final 11:30 of the game.

Jefferson’s Nicole Bruce (10) dribbles up court during the third quarter of Jefferson’s 44-24 win over Oakridge Friday’s Season Opener (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Defense brought the intensity.  Trapping and pressuring, causing turnovers that resulted in baskets on the other side of the court.  Nashea Wilson scored all of her 16 points over the course of the opening three quarters as Jayden O’Neil and Cheever led the offensive charge in the fourth quarter with six and four points respectively in the frame.

Living up and playing the style that they know they are capable of as they hope to bring the same ending intensity over for a full 32 Saturday afternoon against the Oakers.

“I think we just realize we’re a better team than that and that we can push through.  We just started playing smarter, better defense,” Wilson said. “I definitely think we’re going to come in stronger tomorrow than this game and stay strong throughout the whole game and not come in at halftime strong.  Just come in strong immediately.”

Sadie Synder had a team-high 12 points for the Warriors.  Jade Snyder contributed another eight for Oakridge.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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