Jefferson Roars To Life Against Waldport In Playoff Opener

By Jeremy McDonald

JEFFERSON, Ore.–  Waldport had Jefferson in an unique jam Monday evening in the first half.  The Irish had the Lions playing their game up 28-25.

But with the Lions however, close games like this one have been their forte this season as they came back out ready to go.  And just as the second half began, that’s when the real fun began in their 67-51 victory.

It was as if the Luck of Irish magically swung their way as the squad exploded out to a 19-1 run to start the third quarter. 

They were hitting their shots; defense was on target.  Actually, their defense was next level, allowing just five total points in the quarter as they turned the three-point hole into a 49-33 lead by the start of the fourth quarter.

“We knew going into halftime we weren’t playing to our full speed and when we came out in the third quarter pretty hot.  We knew what we could do, we just had to execute the small, little things and we knew we could pull away in the third quarter,” Zach Wusstig said.

Jace Aguilar catching his breath before shooting a free throw in the second half of Jefferson’s 16-point win Monday (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Diego Aguilar led the third quarter charge with eight of his 22 points, Leon Romo added six more third quarter points as the Senior finished with 11.  Jace Aguilar was the other Lion in double-figures with 15 to continue this Cinderella-like season that they are having.

“I think it’s everything.  We haven’t gotten league champions since like 1996, it’s been like 25-years since we’ve done something like this…I don’t know, it’s really exciting,” Diego Aguilar said.  “We have so many good scorers that can make plays, there’s not one person on this team that I don’t trust that can’t score.”

Jefferson paced themselves in the fourth a bit, knowing they’ll advance to play an all-too familiar foe in Central Valley Conference-foe Central Linn Wednesday.  The Cobras advanced after Illinois Valley had to forfeit due to covid-issues in their program Monday, and for  the Lions it’s just a matter of trying to create opportunities with both teams knowing how the other works.

It’s just a matter of making the right plays, at the right times as both squads are one win away from Redmond and Sisters for the Final Site.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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