SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — It was inauspicious beginning to Jefferson High coach Richard Lewis’ first game. And it was an inauspicious closing as well.
Lewis, in his first season as the Cougars’ head coach, had to watch as Millbrook began the game shooting two free throws because a technical foul had been assessed Jefferson. And after his mostly inexperienced team had recovered from an 18-point deficit, Lewis had to endure an unsuccessful fourth quarter where the Pioneers outscored the Cougars by 10 points to ease away to a 64-49 win.
It was Millbrook’s third game and with the win the Pioneers were 2-1 overall.
In the quarters between the beginning and the fourth period, the Cougars had intervals of scoring drought and then scoring pleasure.
They would go nearly four minutes without scoring at all. But then they would count eight points in 90 seconds to get back at the ever-present Millbrook lead.
Millbrook always kept the Cougars from retrieving offensive rebounds. And with take-control guard Rze Culbreath scoring early and often, the Pioneers were able to expand an eight-point lead after one period all the way to 28-10 in the second quarter.