JD falls twice

Published 8:02 pm Monday, December 10, 2007

By By Adam Robinson – sports editor
The Jefferson Davis Warhawks fell to 2-6 last week as they took a pair losses against Southern Union and No. 13-ranked Wallace State-Hanceville.
The Jefferson Davis Warhawks hung in tough with the Southern Union Bison in the first conference games of the season but fell 68-64.
The loss dropped JDCC to 2-5 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.
Maurice Edmonson had a career night for the Warhawks as he finished with 26 points to lead all scorers. Edmonson also had a double-double on the night, finishing with 11 rebounds.
JDCC shot 26-for-65 from the field and was 3-for-18 from the 3-point line and 11-for-17 from the free throw area.
After tying the game at 2-2, Southern Union took an 8-2 lead with 13:32 left in the first half.
JDCC then came back and got within one point of the lead at 8-7 when Norman Griffin connected for the Warhawks at the 12:10 mark.
Southern Union then took a 13-11 lead before rolling out to a 20-11 lead with 6:45 to go in the half.
JDCC then got as close as 20-16 with 4:31, but the Bison would take a 28-20 lead at the half.
The second half saw points galore as both teams put 40 or more up in the second half and alternated points on just about every offensive series.
JDCC narrowed the Southern Union lead to three points when they cut the lead to 32-29 with 18:05 left in the second half.
JDCC also narrowed the Bison lead to three at the 10:05 mark at 46-43.
Southern Union extended their lead to 60-53 with 5:21 as JDCC never could catch the Bison and take the lead as they fell 68-64.
JDCC faced off against the No. 13 team in the nation Thursday night when they took the court against Wallace State-Hanceville and came up short losing 74-36.
Wallace State (9-0) came into the game against JDCC averaging 84 points a game and only allowing their opponents 40 points a game.
JDCC held Wallace to 10 points below their scoring average, but could not muster up any points of their own as Wallace took the 38-point win.
JDCC's game plan in the first half worked as neither team scored in the first 3:11 minutes of the game, but Wallace opened up on a 15-3 lead at the 11:10 mark after JDCC got a 3 to cut the lead to 4-3 with 14:38 in the first half.
JDCC trailed at the half 26-17, but Wallace scored 48 in the second half and held the Warhawks to only 19 en route to the win.
While JDCC's game plan of shutting down Wallace's key scoring threat, other shooters stepped up for them.
After Wallace took a 20-7 lead with 7:28 to go in the first half, JDCC put together an 8-0 run to get within 20-15 with 3:36 left before the half.
During the run, JDCC held Wallace's potent scoring attack to no points for almost five minutes and only surrendered six points while scoring two more points over the final 3:36 as JDCC trailed at the half 26-17.
The second half was a totally different half as Wallace opened up with an 8-0 run taking a 34-17 lead at the 17:02 mark.
After JDCC scored to make the lead 34-19, Donald Smith added two more points for the Warhawks as they cut the Hanceville lead to 34-22 with 15:25 left in the game.
Wallace then went on a 12-0 run over the next four minutes as they took a 46-22 lead with 11:57 left in the game.
After JDCC cut the lead to 50-30 at the 8:40 mark, Hanceville put together another run as this time an 11-0 run over a span of three minutes put them up 61-30 with 5:37 left in the game as that would be as close as the Warhawks would get in the final minutes as Wallace went on to go up by 38 points and take the win 74-36.
Wallace State had four players in double digits, and three of those four players recorded a double-double.
JDCC was 14-for-62 from the field for 22.6 percent and 6-for-32 from 3-point land.
The Warhawks also struggled from the free throw line as they were 2-for-9.
Wallace State was 31-for-61 from the field for 51 percent and was 9-for-15 from the charity stripe for 60 percent.
JDCC will be back in action on Tuesday at home when they take on Huntingdon's junior varsity.
Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the JDCC Warhawks gymnasium.