JENNINGS COUNTY 85, JEFFERSONVILLE 75 (OT)
Holding a 33-27 advantage midway through the third, the Panthers built their largest lead of the game at 14 thanks to an 8-0 run.
Jennings maintained a double-figure lead at the end of the third at 49-37 before the Red Devils made their run. Jeff got within five at 52-47 when guard Chad Hudson nailed a 3-pointer with 5:10 left in regulation.
The Panthers got their advantage back up to 10 at 59-49 on a bucket by Tyler Vogel. But the Devils refused to quit as they got within 65-64 when Demarre Sims put back a Hudson missed free throw with 56.5 seconds left.
Vogel gave Jennings a 67-64 lead with a pair of free throws. But with 17.9 seconds remaining, Jeff senior guard Tyrise Major nailed a 3 from the left wing to tie the score at 67. Panthers’ guard Adrian Kirchner missed an off-balance 3 at the regulation horn, sending the game to overtime.
“It looked like in regulation we were done, but we kept fighting and fighting and fighting,” Jeff coach Matt Pait said. “We forced some turnovers and we hit some 3s ourselves. It’s hard when you are trying to protect the lead. But overall, they were just better than us tonight.”
Jennings stopped Jeff’s momentum at the start of the extra session. The Panthers scored the first seven points of OT to go up 74-67. After a 3-point play by Keenan Williams to get Jeff to within 74-70, Jennings went on a 7-2 spurt to extend its lead to 81-72 with 30.9 seconds remaining.
Williams led the Red Devils with a game-high 32 points. Three other Jeff players scored in double figures, as Major had 15, Hudson scored 12 and Drew Ellis had 10. Ellis battled foul trouble all night and fouled out with 7:12 left in the final quarter.
“Drew didn’t play half of the game. He missed 18 minutes because he was in foul trouble and that hurt us,” Pait said. “But I told the guys to be proud of their effort tonight. They fought their butts off. It is what it is. We missed a lot of bunnies and a lot of free throws.”
Seven Red Devil seniors played their final high school game in Major, Ellis, Williams, C.J. Lambus, Leonard Kwitonda, Chandler Dale and Dionte Allen.