|Wildcat boys hit century mark|
|Sunday, December 01, 2013 9:00 PM|
RIDGEWAY — Jefferson’s boys basketball crew put a quartet in double digits and hit the century mark in destroying host Ridgemont 100-35 Saturday night in non-conference action.
“I don’t know when the last time Jefferson’s boys scored 100 points. We played with great intensity from start to finish,” Jefferson coach Marc Smith said. “We talked about that before we got on the bus: we were facing a long bus ride, we had a substantial win from the night before and we didn’t want to get off to a slow start. We scored 32 points in the first period; our full-court pressure really bothered them and not only did we force turnovers but we converted them into points.”
Sophomore Trey Smith posted 29 markers, followed by 16 by senior Ross Thompson (8 boards), the first career double-double by freshman Jace Stockwell of 13 markers and 12 assists (5 steals) and 12 from senior Tyler Rice (8 caroms).
Other notable performances came from junior Nick Fitch with a career-high 15 boards.
Jefferson (2-0) canned 42-of-72 shots (4-of-13 treys) for 58.3 percent, with 30 team assists, and hit 12-of-16 free throws (75%). They also pounded the hosts on the glass 52-20 (18-5 offensive), forced 24 miscues (13 of their own) and limited their foe to 15-of-51 shooting (29.4%), including 2-of-15 3-balls, and 3-of-8 singles (37.5%).
“There were some positives: we were able to play our freshman point guard, Jace, from start to finish; playing time at the varsity level is what he needs now. We also gave our backups a lot of minutes the second half and that always helps build more depth and confidence for those guys,” Smith continued. “At the same time, our starters only got two quarters of action tonight and that hurts in trying to build them into great basketball shape conditioning-wise. With the way it is this year, that will be a concern.”
Jefferson also won the junior varsity contest 57-34.
The Wildcats host Fort Recovery Friday with the JV tip at 6 p.m.
“We’ve already moved on. We have two good teams coming in here this weekend,” Smith added. “Fort Recovery has been a quality basketball school for a number of years and (Elijah) Kahlig will be a handful Friday night. Perry returns two 20-point-a-game scorers from last year and this might be their best team in 20 years they bring in Saturday.”
Jace Stockwell 5-1-0-13, Drew Reiss 1-0-0-2, Josh Teman 2-0-0-4, Austin Jettinghoff 1-1-0-5, Ross Thompson 6-0-4-16, Trey Smith 11-1-4-29, Tyler Mox 4-0-0-8, Nick Fitch 3-0-1-7, Kurt Wollenhaupt 1-0-0-2, Tyler Rice 3-1-3-12. Totals 38/59-4/13-12/16-100.
Score by Quarters:
Jefferson 32 27 24 17 - 100
Ridgemont 7 7 8 13 - 35
Three-point goals: Jefferson, Stockwell, Jettinghoff, Smith, Rice; Ridgemont, 2.
JV Score: 57-34 (Jefferson).