STANBERRY, Mo. — The Jefferson Eagles faced Stanberry for the second time this season, this time in the Stanberry Invitational Championship. The result on Monday night was very similar to the 33-point loss in their first meeting. The Eagles had no answers on either end of the court in a 58-22 loss.
“We got outplayed in all facets of the game,” Eagles coach Tyler Pedersen said. “We couldn’t handle their pressure and it just snowballed. We just didn’t do many things right.”
The Stanberry Bulldogs could not have asked for a better start offensively. Lily Osborn and Peyton Gage connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to begin the game. The Bulldogs’ run didn’t end there as the home team went on to score 12-straight to begin the game.
Jefferson had no answer on either end of the court. Ashley Mattson scored the Eagles first basket at the 4:10 mark and made one of two free throws at the end of the quarter. Stanberry led 20-3 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was the best quarter of the game for the Eagles. Mattson and Malia Collins scored back-to-back baskets for Jefferson. The two-straight baskets for the Eagles was the first and only time in THE GAME.
Lily Osborn ended the Eagles run with a 3-pointer, giving the Bulldogs a 25-7 lead. Osborn had three first half 3-pointers and 13 points. Stephanie Turpin and Claire Galbraith each added baskets for Jefferson in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs held a commanding, 37-12 lead at halftime.
“They’re just a really good team and they’re really good when they shoot like they did tonight,” Pedersen said.
The Bulldogs used the third quarter to widen their lead. Stanberry began the quarter with an 8-0 run before Sydnee Deen scored her first 2-point basket of the game. Osborn answered the Jefferson basket with another 3-pointer. The Bulldogs attempted 21 3-pointers in the game and made eight of them. Jefferson scored just four points in the third quarter.
“It’s all about the process, you want to be as good as you can be at the end of the season,” Pedersen said. “We beat a couple of good teams to get here, but it’s still a little frustrating that we played like this.”
Jefferson scored just six points in the fourth quarter. The 22 points was the second-lowest score of the season for the Eagles. Offensively, Jefferson made just one of 13 3-points attempts. The Eagles also made just six of their 23 2-point field goals. Jefferson also struggled holding onto the ball as they totaled 23 turnovers in the game.
“You have to play well in times of adversity, you can’t just well and get those 50/50 balls when things are going right,” Pedersen said. “This team is still young and figuring those things out.”
The Eagles will get an opportunity to get back on track quickly with a game against Falls City Sacred Heart on Tuesday in Conception Junction and they will travel to Ravenwood on Friday to face Northeast Nodaway.
“Personally, I hope this loss stays with us for a little because it ain’t much fun,” Pedersen said. “Hopefully we do some things at practice to improve so that we don’t go through this again.”