TJCA boys, girls fall to Owen
A slow start doomed the Thomas Jefferson Gryphons to a 76-60 loss at the hands of the Owen Warhorses Friday night.
TJCA was outscored 22-9 in the first quarter and could never recover. The loss extends Thomas Jefferson losing streak to six games as they fall to 1-6 in conference play.
“We have been starting slow a lot lately,” said coach Ken Hines Sr. “I can’t put my finger on why because we play well the rest of the game. I guess that’s just something we will have to keep working on.”
Efrim Borders tried to keep his team in the game in the second quarter, scoring eight of his game high 24 points in the frame, but he received little help on the offensive end as he was the only Gryphon to reach double figures.
“Efrim kept in the game in the second quarter,” Hines said. “Other players had some good open shots. They just missed them, but sometimes that happens.
Despite Borders exploits TJCA trailed by 19 points at halftime and by a 61-32 tally going into the fourth quarter.
The Gryphons were able to make a furious comeback in the final frame, cutting the deficit to 11 points with two minutes left. Owen was able to quash the rally, however by hitting free throws down the stretch to seal the game
The Gryphon return to action Tuesday as they travel to face Mitchell.
Owen girls 51, TJCA 37
The Thomas Jefferson Lady Gryphons hung tough with the Owen Warlasses Friday night, but a sluggish third quarter and 24 total turnovers proved to be their demise as they fell 51-37.
“I think we played really well and the score does not indicate how competitive we were,” said TJCA head coach Jim Greengrass. “We just ran out of gas in the third quarter and that was the difference.
The third quarter was indeed pivitol. Trailing 31-18, TJCA (4-9, 1-6 WHC) held Owens offense to just seven points, but only managed five of their own.
“That was our chance to make a run,” Greengrass said. “Our defense played great, but the offense could not find the basket. I think we shot under thirty percent for the game. We shot better in the fourth quarter but by then it was too late.”
Anna Dedmon and led TJCA with 13 points while Victoria Bennett had 12.