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Legron, deep bench pushes Mansfield Senior past Madison in down-to-the-wire victory

Legron, deep bench pushes Mansfield Senior past. Madison in down-to-the-wire victory

 

In Legron، MADISON TOWNSHIP —  Richlandounty, there may not be a.

better way to kick off the New Year weekend than with the classic cross-.

town rivalry between Madison (5-5) and Senior High (7-2).

 

Legron
Legron

 

In Legron،   Coming off of a tough loss. to Shelby on Wednesday night, the

Tygers had a chance to right the ship. heading into 2023 and they made themost of the opportunity, putting on.

a. show for the sea of orange and brown. that flooded Madison’s packed gymnasium.

Running with an athletic and deep lineup, Senior High’s bench made all oft.

he difference, combining for 34 points.

on the night. Perhaps the most. surprising performance of the night

 

came from sophomore shooting guard.

Jakob Legron, whose 18 points. propelled the Tygers to a 71-62 OCC victory.

“Jakob is a guy that has really highe.

xpectations for himself and for us as. coaches, we have high expectations for

him, as well,” said Senior High coach. Marquis Sykes. “He works his tail off.

[He’s] probably the hardest working player I’ve ever coached.

 

Trailing by one early after the first quarter, Legron took matters into his.

own hands, showing his prowess by. attacking the rim and from behind the arc.

The Rams, playing a high-tempo. man-to-man defense, pressured Senior.

High and limited open-shot opportunities. However, Legron. attacked the paint, beating his defender off the dribble, finishing at. the rim, or working his way to the free throw line.

“[Legron] was a real shot in the arm for. them. We’ve got to do a better job of not.

leaving our feet so much and wanting to block shots and just be solid on defense,” said Madison coach Chris. Armstrong.

Legron connected on six free throws in the quarter. He also made matters. worse for the Rams after drilling a deep three ball, retaking the lead early in. the.

quarter. Legron also showed his athletic ability, nailing a step-back jump shot that left his defender stumbling.

“He’s one that gets after it. He does everything he can in the weight room, does everything he can in individual. instruction, and the whole nine,” said Sykes. “He deserves all of the good. plays.

that happened for him. It’s because he’s worked his tail off … we’ve been waiting for one of those breakout. nights from him.”

Playing with a short bench and trying to match Senior High’s fast pace of. play,

the Rams quickly fell into foul trouble. Freshman point guard Seven Allen, who has been an integral part of.

Madison’s offense, quickly found himself with three fouls in the first. half. Senior forward Tatum Turcott was.

also forced to take a seat after picking. up two fouls, stalling Madison’s offense.

“With two fouls we rolled with [Allen]. there and unfortunately he picked up his third and that made it tough to just. get into a rhythm,” said Armstrong. “We knew their pressure was going to be good and they were going to play a. lot of guys. Could our shorter bench withstand the pressure – because it’s. not just physical it’s also mental.”

The Rams were forced to switch to a zone defense, which slowed down the. Tygers temporarily. With Allen on the. bench, senior shooting guard Jayden Jeffries stepped up to keep the game at. a manageable deficit going into the. halftime break. With fantastic footwork around the rim, Jeffries battled to. finish in the paint and also connected. from deep, scoring 11 points in the half and cutting Senior High’s lead to just. eight at the break.

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