SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — Whenever Jefferson made a move toward the Warrior lead, Sherando was able to keep the Cougars at arm’s length on Friday when the Virginians claimed a 74-63 win.
Jefferson was 0-2 with its second consecutive home court loss to begin the boys basketball season. Sherando went to 3-1 overall.
It was in the fourth quarter when the Cougars got within five points of the Sherando lead, but then the Warriors made six straight free throws to quell the belated Jefferson rally.
Sherando led, 17-13, after one quarter of play. The Warriors edged their lead ahead to 35-28 at the half.
By halftime, Jefferson’s Josh Dudley had nine points while the Warriors had Taylor Loudan with 10 points and Aaron Miller with eight points.
The third quarter had a long scoring run by both teams. The Warriors had an 10-0 move than was partially countered by Jefferson’s 11-5 spurt of points.
Sherando was up, 50-39, after three quarters.
Any move Jefferson could have generated was hurt by its missed free throws throughout the last 10 minutes.
Sherando was 9-for-9 from the foul line in the last quarter.
Dudley had 23 of Jefferson’s 63 points. He claimed eight rebounds. Miller paced the Warriors with 23 points and Loudan added another 15 points.