Road game no help for Cougars

WINCHESTER, Va.  — Handley improved its early-season record to 4-1 last Tuesday when it stopped Jefferson, 74-53, in a boys basketball game that found the Cougars, then 0-3 overall, on the road for the first time.

Cameron Jackson paced the once-beaten Judges in scoring with his 23 points. Jefferson had Jalen Smith score 15 points and Kalen Nehler add 14 points.

The Cougars fell behind and could not overcome their cold shooting, turnovers, and lack of rebounds.

Jefferson got its first win of the season when it traveled to Keymar, Md. to face Silver Oak Academy, a boys-only school once known as Bowling Brook Academy.

The Cougars were 1-3 overall after Mario Gonzalez scored 18 points and Jalen Smith added 12 points in the 54-45 win over the Rams.

Jefferson had a slim lead after the first and second quarters and then took a 42-33 lead into the fourth stanza. The winless Rams cut back their deficit in the last quarter, but never could go ahead or even gain a tie.

Rze Culbreath scored a team-high 16 points and had 11 steals as Millbrook defeated the Cougars for the second time this season when the Pioneers posted a 65-46 win over the Cougars last Friday.

Jefferson shot poorly from the field and already had 17 turnovers by halftime after being foiled by Millbrook’s halfcourt trapping defense.

Millbrook enjoyed a 52-31 lead after three periods. The Cougars finished with 26 turnovers and were only 6-for-16 from the foul line.

The Cougars had Darrod Doleman with seven points.

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