DEKALB, Mo. – The Jefferson Eagles extended their winning streak to eight games with a 61-34 win over the DeKalb Tigers Tuesday night. The Eagles were led by senior Vanessa Pappert and sophomore Malia Collins who combined to score 41 points.
“We have two freshman that start so it’s been about getting the team together and knowing where everyone is going,” Pappert said. “Just being together as a team has been the biggest difference (first half of season to now) so putting everything together, we score and then get a steal to go score again.”
Jefferson’s offense took a while to get going in the first quarter, failing to score in the first three and a half minutes of the game. Collins ended the drought with a layup and started a 12-0 run for the Eagles.
Pappert made her presence felt down low against DeKalb. Pappert scored six of Jefferson’s 10 first quarter points and 13 total in the first half. DeKalb’s Kirstian Goddard ended the Eagles’ run and scored the Tigers’ first basket since the start of the first quarter with 5:09 left in the first half.
Jaclyn Pappert wasted no time in starting another run for Jefferson who scored six straight and eight of 10 to end the first half.
“They pressed us a little bit and we weren’t used to that, so we were a little slow to start and we just pulled it through by doing other things,” Vanessa Pappert said.
The third quarter had no shortage of points as the two teams combined for 38 points. Collins scored the first seven points for the Eagles and 14 overall in the third quarter. Vanessa Pappert wasn’t happy with her team’s defensive performance in the second half.
“Sometimes like we showed tonight our defense can collapse,” Vanessa Pappert said. “They had a couple of layups that we shouldn’t have let them get just because our help defense wasn’t there.”
The Eagles led 44-24 at the end of the third quarter. Jefferson held that lead in the fourth quarter, but at times, Pedersen was frustrated with the way his team finished the game.
“There late in the game we had a 20-point lead and DeKalb extended their pressure and there were a few possessions where we made a poor decision and turned it over,” Pedersen said. “That was my main frustration, that’s closing time and we have to take care of the basketball.”
The Eagles will face Nodaway-Holt Friday night in Conception Junction. Nodaway Holt is coming off of a close loss North Nodaway. Pedersen has like the way his young players have grown and hopes to see continued improvement.
“I said that we are really young, so I knew the potential for growth was there and right now, the mindset of the girls is really good and as long as that keeps happening, I’d like to say that our next game is the best game we’ve played all year,” Pedersen said.
Jefferson boys 75, DeKalb 28
DEKALB, Mo. – The Jefferson Eagles continued to tear through their schedule with a third-straight win on Tuesday night against the DeKalb Tigers. The Eagles scored more than 60 points for the fourth time in five games with their 75-28 win.
“I told them we have to focus on ourselves, we can’t have silly turnovers, we can’t be sloppy with the ball,” Eagles coach Tim Jermain said. "Some of these games you can get away with stuff like that, but we know to get to the game we want to get to we can’t do those things.”
Jefferson started the game with an 11-0 run — not allowing DeKalb to score until the 4:30 mark. The Tigers cut the lead to eight with two minutes left in the first quarter, but that was as close as the score would get. The Eagles led 19-7 after the first quarter and 45-10 at halftime.
The Eagles biggest lead came late in the third quarter when they led 63-15. Jermain had seen enough from his starters and allowed his bench players to finish the game.
Steven Chor led Jefferson with 15 points. Chase Farnan and Koby Stoll were second and third on the team with 14 and 13 points. Jefferson will face winless Nodaway-Holt Friday night in Conception Junction.