MARTINSBURG— Outscoring Jefferson by nine points in the third quarter allowed homestanding Martinsburg to move safely away from Jefferson last Friday when the Bulldogs earned a 71-55 win that was their second of the year over the Cougars.
Jefferson was close at the half, trailing only 31-23, after scoring the final nine points — once trailing, 31-14. But the cold-shooting Cougars managed only 10 points in the next period and allowed Martinsburg to assume a comfortable 50-33 lead.
Neither team will showcase its shooting percentages with Jefferson going only 20-for-54 from the field and Martinsburg finishing with 7-for-17 at the free throw line.
Martinsburg’s Donte Grantham outshone everybody with his 8-for-12 shooting from the floor and 5-for-6 from the foul line for 23 points. Eugene German scored 12, Cedric Brown added 10 points and Jalen Lewis scored nine more for the Bulldogs, then 17-2 overall with the win.
The Cougars had Aaron Stottlemyre go 5-for-7 from the field, Kalen Nehler was 3-for-4, and Michael King was 4-for-9 — a combined 12-for-20. But guard Garrett Grantham was just 6-for-24 (25 percent) and only attempted three free throws.
Jefferson was left with a 10-11 overall record and had only one game at Washington this Friday left on its 22-game regular season schedule.