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Sunday, December 29, 2013 9:00 PM


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ROCKFORD — Jefferson’s boys cagers used a solid overall performance and the terrific trio of seniors Austin Jettinghoff and Ross Thompson and sophomore Trey Smith to grab the fifth annual Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament with a 64-52 triumph over Finneytown Saturday night at Parkway High School.

Smith — the boys MVP — led all scorers and the Wildcats with 24 markers, while Jettinghoff — also named to the all-tourney team — knocked down 19 (3 treys) and Thompson a double-double of 18 markers and 11 boards.

On behalf of the Finneytown Wildcats, Bally Butler was the sole double-digit scorer with 19.

The Wildcats (6-4) shot a smooth 22-of-42 from the floor, 3-of-6 beyond the arc, for 52.4 percent. Much of that had to do with the 6-5 Smith being defended by much smaller players like Butler (5-9) and 5-10 Brylyn Moore.

As well, combining for 19 assists on 22 made fielders had a lot to do with that: freshman Jace Stockwell had seven, Thompson six and Jettinghoff and Smith three each.

“We really executed our offensive game plan well. We knew they were aggressive in playing the passing lanes, so we had to run a lot of back cuts and back screens; we got 12-20 points just on that,” Jefferson coach Marc Smith noted. “With their athleticism and aggression on defense, we were concerned with turnovers. (Twelve) is acceptable, especially since they were not live-ball; we had a chance to get back and play defense instead of leading to transition looks.”

Finneytown got the first two treys to fall against the Jefferson defense — mixing it up between man, zone and triangle-and-2 against Butler and Bryce Butler. Jefferson bounced back with eight in a row to take an 8-6 edge on a Smith layin off a lob — one of many such plays — before Finneytown exploded with an 11-0 spurt to take their largest lead of 17-8 on a bomb by Luke Steimle at 1:22. Thompson powered to a 3-point play to get the Jeffcats within 17-11 with 25.5 seconds showing.

Moore had all seven of his points in the period.

That 3-pointer seemed to spur the Jeffcats into the second period. They got a handle on the high-flying Wildcats from Finneytown, holding them to 3-of-14 shooting (20-of-54 for the night, 6-of-28 from deep, for 37.0%). On the other hand, Jettinghoff went wild with 12 points, including 10 of the last 12 in the last 2:58 — Thompson’s spinning jumper at 1:49 giving them the lead for good at 24-23 — that was capped by a mid-lane transitional pull-up with 20 ticks on the board for a 31-23 edge.

Jefferson closed the half on a 15-0 spurt in the last four minutes.

Coach Smith knew what was coming in the third period: an aggressive defensive attack that hopefully would fuel an offensive explosion. He got it as Finneytown tried to turn the Jeffcats over and they did twice get within two points. The second time was 41-39 at 1:10 when Brad Steimle hit a pair of free shots but Smith took another lob pass — this one by Jettinghoff at 8.0 seconds — to get the Jeffcats a 43-39 cushion.

A 3-ball just 10 ticks into the fourth by Bryce Butler got Finneytown within 43-42 but the Jeffcats would not let them any closer. Smith dropped in a 3-point play and Jettinghoff a deuce to answer that triple. From then on, any basket by Finneytown was answered by the Jeffcats and more as Thompson scored eight, Smith seven, Jettinghoff four and Stockwell two free throws to close it out.

“We had a game plan on defense as well and we expected it to a ‘T’. We knew the Butlers were their big scorers,” Coach Smith added. “Whether it was man, zone or a triangle on those two, we did a nice job. Number 5 (Bally) got his average but number 14 (Bryce) did not. We trusted the statistics about the others shooting the ball and that held up.”

Delphos totaled 17-of-20 free throws (85%); 33 rebounds (9 offensive) as Smith and sophomore Dalton Hicks had eight each; and 13 fouls. Jefferson is off until Jan. 10.

Finneytown ended up with the following: 6-of-12 singles (50%); 26 rebounds (11 offensive) as Brad Steimle and Mikel Sims seven each; five errors; and 18 fouls. Brad Steimle added four assists.

In the consolation game, the host Panthers took third with a 55-26 dismantling of Fairlawn.

Matt Heindel was tops for the victors with 24 and Brant Barna added 18.

Brad Caudill was top scorer for the Jets with 10.

The Panthers (4-4) and their sticky matchup 1-2-2 zone gave the Jets fits all game long: seemingly, arms and hands were everywhere; every pass was either stolen, deflected or off target; and the Jets got few clean looks. That is one reason they shot a miserable 8-of-35 (2-of-16 beyond the arc) for 22.9 percent and turned it over 23 times (8 for the Panthers).

A 1-of-6 effort in the first period was typical, combined with six miscues. Their only basket was a mid-lane pull-up by Nathan Lessing at 2:32. Meantime, Parkway made a concentrated effort to get the ball to their mismatch inside: the 6-5 Barna. He scored six points and when Heindel dropped a pair from the line at 27.8 seconds, Parkway led 10-2.

Things got a bit better for the Jets in the second period as Caudill hit a pair of three and they shot 3-of-9. Barna was held to three points but got more help, with four others getting into the scorebook. When 6-5 Dakota Schaffner hit 1-of-2 foul shots at 2:11, Parkway led 21-11.

Fairlawn continued in the offensive doldrums in the third, shooting 3-of-12. On the other end, the Panthers got hot in nailing 7-of-10 (24-of-46 total, 1-of-7 rainbows, for 52.2%), led by 11 from Heindel. Their biggest margin of the period was 34-16 on a Barna layin off a great set at 1:17 before a Barna layup off an Austin Dennison (4 assists) lob at the horn accounted for a 36-20 spread.

Fairlawn went the first 5:09 of the fourth without a score, allowing Parkway to take total command with a 46-20 lead. Heindel scored nine and Barna five in the fourth as they took the biggest lead at the final horn.

Fairlawn ended up at 8-of-11 free throws (72.7%); with 29 boards (10 offensive) as Caudill, Wesley Bolton and Logan Demarcus led with five each; and 13 fouls.

Parkway was 6-of-9 at the stripe (66.7%); secured 23 rebounds (4 offensive) as Barna had nine (3 blocks) ad Tanner Bates (5 assists) six; and 13 fouls. Austin Adams also delivered five assists. Parkway visits Versailles Friday.


Jace Stockwell 0-3-3, Austin Jettinghoff 7-2-19, Ross Thompson 5-8-18, Trey Smith 10-4-24, Tyler Mox 0-0-0, Nick Fitch 0-0-0, Dalton Hicks 0-0-0. Totals 19-3-17/20-64.


Brylyn Moore 3-0-7, Bally Butler 7-2-19, Brad Steimle 2-2-6, Bryce Butler 3-2-9, Charlie Payne 1-0-2, Mikel Sims 2-0-4, English Dowery 0-0-0, Luke Steimle 2-0-5, Marcus Frey 0-0-0. Totals 14-6-6/12-52.

Score by Quarters:

Jefferson 11 20 12 21 - 64

Finneytown 6 12 11 18 - 47

Three-point goals: Jefferson, Jettinghoff 3; Finneytown, Ba. Butler 3, Moore, Br. Butler, L. Steimle.



Nathan Lessing 2-3-7, Wesley Bolton 0-2-2, Brad Caudill 3-2-10, Nick Brautigam 0-0-0, Luke Brautigam 0-1-1, Logan Demarcus 1-0-2, Seth Bishop 0-0-0, Kindal Spradlin 2-0-4. Totals 6-2-8/11-26.


Austin Adams 1-0-2, Tanner Bates 1-0-2, Brandon Gibson 2-0-5, Austin Dennison 1-0-2, Brody Adams 1-0-2, Matt Heindel 10-4-24, Brant barna 8-2-18, Dakota Schaffner 0-0-0, Noah Gehron 0-0-0. Totals 23-1-6/9-55.

Score by Quarters:

Fairlawn 2 9 9 6 - 26

Parkway 10 11 15 19 - 55

Three-point goals: Fairlawn, Caudill 2; Parkway, Gibson.


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