So, with last week’s wintry blast, it was too soon to assume that high school sports schedules were on a normal tilt. Last Tuesday’s snow caused an early dismissal and a snow day on Wednesday, which put schedules back into a tizzy.
Regardless, the week was an interesting one in that things are starting to shake out for both Jefferson basketball teams. It looks like both are in shape to have good seasons. How good? That’s still up for debate.
Jefferson’s girls are at .500 at 6-6, which is pretty good when you consider that they’ve only played three games at home so far. Last week’s two wins, as far as having a successful season were important ones, beating Washington 63-26 and Hampshire 58-48.
Wins over county foes like Washington are important because if you can’t win a backyard battle, it’s hard to consider winning more important games. And beating Hampshire is always important in that Trojans are always a team that Jefferson will have to face in sectional play.
Jefferson then followed up with a 61-47 win over Musselman on Monday night. Any win over a Berkeley County foe is a big one and speaks volumes about the potential of this team.
Against Washington, Catrina Myers and Macie Chrisman each had 17 points. Jordan Carr had 10 points. Lacie Lewis and McKenzie Brezovec chipped in six points each.
A few days later, Carr turned around and led all scorers in the Hampshire game with 15 points. Chrisman had 14 points and Heaven Murray scored 12 points and Myers finished with 11.
The Cougars will play host to South Hagerstown on Friday.
The Jefferson boys had a 5-3 record headed into Tuesday’s game with Musselman. The Cougars were supposed to play host to Martinsburg last Tuesday, but that game was a casualty of the snowy weather. Jefferson did get its game in on Friday with Silver Oak Academy (Keymar, Md.), which turned out to be a 71-53 win.
When you look at the stat book, it looks like this year’s team is better than last year, but only time is going to tell how much better.
By this point in the season last year the Cougars were 6-7. Jefferson had won its first five games, but were in the middle of a slide where it had dropped 7 of 8 games.
But one thing the Cougars have going for them is some offensive firepower.
Through the first seven games of the year, freshman Will Shively is leading the Cougars with 17.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. And while it would be really easy to focus on Shively, it appears there’s a good deal more to the team than a freshman phenom.
Jayden Wilkie is averaging 13 points, 2.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds and nearly two steals per game. Daion Taylor scored 17 points against Silver Oak Friday night and is averaging 10.5 points per game, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.
When you look at the line for the team on steals, there are four players averaging right at or above two steals per game. It’s a good indicator of hustle.
Ahmad Lesesne seems to do a little bit of everything for the Cougars. He’s averaging 9.6 points, seven rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game.
Jaden Butts is averaging 6.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. At 6-foot-4, he’s giving the Cougars a valuable presence in the middle, which will only help as the season progresses.
The Cougars play host to Millbrook (Winchester Va.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. and play host to South Hagerstown on Friday.
THE WASHINGTON BOYS’ season is still a pretty young one in that the Patriots have only played six games so far. Washington is coming off a 68-48 win over Broadfording Christian Academy and held a 3-3 overall record headed into Tuesday night’s game against Martinsburg. The Patriots’ home game with Musselman last week was snowed out but has been rescheduled for Jan. 22.
For Washington’s wrestling team, the next two weeks will serve as a tour of the state of Virginia. This weekend will cover the southwestern portion of the state with the Big Blue tournament in Christiansburg, which is right next door to Blacksburg. The following week, the Patriots head to eastern Virginia to participate in the Ocean Lakes Tournament in Virginia Beach. It’s all in preparation for the Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference Championship on February 8, which will be held at Musselman High School in Inwood. Regionals will be held the following weekend at Spring Mills High School.
Jefferson will journey into Virginia to participate in the Loudoun Valley Duals this weekend and next weekend will stay in the state with a trip to Huntington for the WSAZ Wrestling Tournament.
The Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference Championship will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Shepherd Wellness Center. The only question open for debate is which Jefferson County team will win the tournament. When Washington and Jefferson went head to head at the Jefferson Invitational earlier this year, Jefferson’s boys and girls both won. With a whole season to improve since that November tournament, and all the best swimmers in the conference participating in the same meet on Saturday, it will be interesting to see which team comes out on top.