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Jaguars rally late but fall short against Colts

By MIKE MARSEE

Contributing Writer

Make it 10 in a row for the West Jessamine boys.

West fought off East Jessamine in the closing minutes Friday night to earn an 81-75 victory, its 10th consecutive win in the crosstown rivalry.

Dalton Bruner scored 27 points to lead visiting West (11-1, 1-1 46th District) in its first meeting of the season with East. He got 17 of them in the second quarter to help the Colts outscore the Jaguars 30-14 and stretch their lead from two points to 18.

West led 49-30 early in the second half, but East (5-12, 0-2) rallied to pull within 61-60 by the end of the third period. The Jaguars never went in front, but they were within 71-69 with 2:23 to play before the Colts pulled away at the free-throw line.

West went 8 for 8 at the foul line in the final 2:09 and 27 for 28 overall. Bruner sank 12 of 13 free throws, including all six of his attempts in the fourth quarter, and Kyle Anderson went 7 for 7.

DeAjaun Stepp scored 15 points, Skyler Cannady had 12 and Anderson added 11 points for West, which has won eight straight games.

Jacob Bradshaw, whose back-to-back 3-pointers at the end of the third quarter capped a 16-4 run, led East with 25 points. DeAnte Sanon scored 22 and Cam Thompson and Tyler Pitney added 10 each for the Jaguars.

West Jessamine         16        46        61        81

at East Jessamine     14        28        60        75

WEST JESSAMINE (11-1) – Kyle Anderson 11, Drew Cook 4, Skyler Cannady 12, Dalton Bruner 27, DeAjuan Stepp 15, Braeden Fomas 6, Jayden Preston 6.

EAST JESSAMINE (5-12) – DeAnte Sanon 22, Tyler Pitney 10, Cam Thompson 10, Jacob Bradshaw 25, Michael Powell 2, Zion Thomas 6.