The spark of Gladney Jefferson in front of the Cardinals | Journal-news

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SPRING MILLS — It’s a good thing Spring Mills didn’t participate in a free-throw contest on Wednesday.

Spring Mills would have been in trouble. Not that they weren’t against Jefferson after all.

The Cardinals failed on any of their first 10 foul shots.

That could have been costly against the undefeated No. 1-ranked Jefferson, who seemed to hit nothing with consistency in the first half and trailed just 22-21 in the Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference contest.

Interestingly, just after Keshaun Cheek made the first two free throws for Spring Mills and Austin Davis hit a 3-pointer to give the Cardinals a five-point lead with three minutes remaining, Jefferson took off.

Jefferson took control scoring the next 14 points on the way to a 65-51 win.

Jaiden Gladney had three 3-pointers on the run for Jefferson, including back-to-back shots to start the party.

“What got us going was when we got to the locker room at halftime, Coach Lewis chewed our ass off,” Gladney said. “We were playing selfish. The most important thing we had to do was move the ball.”

Jefferson led 41-34 after three quarters and went on to win his 19th game unbeaten and win the EPAC Championship.

Gladney finished with 18 points to lead Jefferson. Cam Johnson scored 14 points and Daion Taylor 12 for Jefferson.

Gladney said the Cougars don’t feel obligated to go undefeated.

“We only play one game at a time,” Gladney said. “We want to go out and win our last game.”

It’s Friday against Broadfording, Maryland.

Cheek’s 14 points beat Spring Mills, who also received 12 points, all on 3-pointers, from Austin Davis and 10 from Jalen Franklin.

The Cardinals finished the game making 5 of 20 free throws.

Conversely, the Cougars made 11 of 15 free throws.

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