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Jefferson’s Jaiden Gladney (15) puts up a shot with Martinsburg’s Tre Segar (10), K’marion Dowe (4) and Anthony Smith (21) defending on the play during last Tuesday’s boys basketball game at Jefferson.

Jefferson High School’s boys basketball team threw a big scare into Martinsburg, which is ranked sixth in the Mountain State among Class AAAA teams.

The Cougars took the Bulldogs into overtime last Tuesday before falling in the end by two points, 78-76.

Jefferson held a two-point lead at halftime. The Cougars and Bulldogs played even basketball through the second half. A three-pointer by Jefferson’s Jaiden Gladney in the closing seconds of regulation tied the score, 64-64, sending the game into overtime.

The Cougars continued to keep the game close through overtime, but could not overtake the Bulldogs.

Jayden Wilkie led Jefferson with 16 points. Will Shively had 15, Taylor had 13 and Cam Johnson had 10.

The Cougars (with 4-1 a record this season) rebounded on Friday with a 67-56 win over Hedgesville.

Taylor continues to lead the Cougars in scoring with a 16.3 per-game clip. He also has a 4-5 rebounding average.

Shively averages 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Gladney has an 11.2 scoring average.

Washington’s boys basketball team continues to struggle, but, at the same time, continues to press forward and improve.

The Patriots challenged an impressive Musselman team on Friday night, but lost to the Applemen, 72-69. On Saturday, Martinsburg defeated the Patriots, 84-50.

Washington coach Trent Hilliard said the Patriots took that game down to the closing seconds before losing to Musselman, but he sees improvement.

“We’re getting better,” he said. “We’re starting to play more as a unit now, sharing the [basketball], holding each other accountable.”

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