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Area public schools deal Cougars nothing but losses

By Staff | Jan 18, 2019

Jefferson’s Ahmad Lesesne (23) shoots over FCA’s David McCurdy (12) in Shenandoah Junction on Dec. 28. Ron Agnir

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Through Class AAA area games as of Jan. 11, Jefferson has suffered losses every time out.

In its first game against any of the area’s sectional opponents, the Cougars fell by 22 points at Musselman.

That defeat was followed by a 35-point loss to unbeaten Martinsburg, and the record against the Class AAA sectional schools went to 0-3 when homestanding Hampshire defeated the Cougars, 42-34, in Romney.

In those three losses, Jefferson averaged only 33 points per game.

Since finding public schools on its schedule the Cougars have just one win, an overtime 63-55 win over Faith Christian of Roanoke, Virginia.

The win over Faith Christian followed consecutive losses to Heritage High (Virginia) by a 75-56 count and a 70-32 defeat meted out by Trinity Christian from Morgantown.

After stopping the Roanoke-based Christian school, Jefferson lost a 62-41 verdict to Tuscarora High from Virginia before seeing Musselman, Martinsburg and Hampshire from the public school sector.

With six losses in the last seven games, the Cougars found themselves trailing the other six teams in the area’s Class AAA Sectional standings.

Without a win over any team from Berkeley or Hampshire counties and having yet to play Washington or Spring Mills, the Cougars needed to rally through the rest of January and February, or be faced with a monumental task when seeing Martinsburg, Hedgesville or Musselman in the postseason.

Hampshire’s win over Jefferson is its first against any area Class AAA team. Spring Mills and Washington still have two games against the Cougars.

Martinsburg buried Hedgesville when those teams met at Hedgesville, but the Eagles later defeated Musselman. Martinsburg won its first 10 games of the season.

The regular season is completed near the end of February.