Late struggles cost Jefferson girls in loss to Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG — A fourth-quarter scoring spree fueled by its pressure defense carried Martinsburg to a 74-43 win over visiting Jefferson in a girls basketball game played at the Martinsburg Fieldhouse.

The Lady Bulldogs only had a 43-32 lead after three quarters before they went on a 31-point scoring spree in the fourth quarter to advance the lead to 31 points at the end.

Turnovers and more turnovers cost the Lady Cougars dearly in their first game for new coach Chris Custer.

Martinsburg outgunned Jefferson 31-11 in the fourth period.

Not only did Jefferson have turnovers, it also did not have any three-point field goals.

Kiana Bullett led Martinsburg with 20 points, while Ally Fossett had another 12 points and Essence Underwood totaled 10 points for the winning Lady Bulldogs.

Jefferson’s Marissa Jones was in double figures with 11 points.

Steadily increasing its lead throughout the night, Berkeley Springs improved its girls basketball record to 3-0 with a 61-29 win over visiting Jefferson, then 0-2 with the loss.

The Lady Indians had but a three-point lead after one quarter, but were up by 16 by halftime and then by 21 after three periods.

Sarah Haynes led the Lady Indians with her 26 points. Casey Soloman added 12 points and Casandra Burch chipped in with seven points.

Marissa Jones, Danashia McDonald, and Alana Baylor all had six points for Jefferson.

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