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Jefferson closes with seven losses in last eight games

By Staff | Mar 6, 2020

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — The down-trending Jefferson High boys basketball team closed out the regular season portion of its 2019-20 season with seven losses in the last eight games to post a 10-12 record.

Even though it lost one of those seven games to county rival Washington, Jefferson was seeded No. 1 in the three-school, Class AAA Sectional. Even if Jefferson loses in the March 6 game, it would still move on to the area’s Regional tournament. Four teams qualify for the Regional where two games will be played. The winners of those two games qualify for the eight-team Class AAA state tournament in Charleston.

Jefferson’s skidding finish began with an 89-49 loss at Martinsburg and was quickly followed by a 64-49 loss at Hedgesville.

The Bulldogs and Eagles drew the top two seeds in the other Class AAA Sectional tournament in the Jefferson/Berkeley County area.

Following the loss to Hedgesville, the Cougars were at home where they topped Hampshire, 70-51.

But then the season closed with five consecutive losses, including a 67-62 defeat to Washington on the Patriots’ home floor. Another loss came at Spring Mills, where the Cardinals won for only the sixth time all season, taking a 62-53 decision over the Cougars.

Immediately following the win over Hampshire, the Cougars took a seven-point lead into the late stages of a game at Musselman. But the Applemen rallied very late to overcome the seven-point deficit and post a 67-65 win.

The 2019-20 regular season closed with a 78-44 loss at home to Hedgesville, the losing verdict at Washington and a 102-72 loss to Martinsburg in Shenandoah Junction.

With Martinsburg (18-3 record) and Hedgesville getting the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the other area Sectional tournament, Musselman had the No. 3 seed and Spring Mills the No. 4 seed. All four Berkeley County schools had at least one win over Jefferson. Beginning with the 2014-15 season, both Martinsburg and Musselman have qualified for the Class AAA state tournament for five straight seasons by finishing first and second in the area Regional tournament.