Thursday September 20th, 2018 10:40PM

Basketball: Jefferson girls take 2nd straight Region 8-AAAA title; boys fall in finals

By AccessWDUN

JEFFERSON — For the second straight season the Jefferson girls will carry the No. 1 seed from Region 8-AAAA into the Class AAAA state tournament.

The Lady Dragons knocked off Madison County 67-54 Friday night at The Arena to secure the Region 8-AAAA title.

Jefferson broke open a close game at halftime scoring 26 points in the third quarter. Jazmin Allen poured in 26 points and Mariah Starks added 14 points as they built leads as big as 23 points.

Madison County leading scorer Jordan Bailey managed just 15 points before fouling out.

Jefferson girls coach Jason Gibson said they are hitting their stride at just the right time.

"We played really well the last two weeks," Gibson said. "We shot the ball well and really controlled the game with our tempo. I thought it ws the kind of game we're capable of and that makes us a tough team."

Now, the Lady Dragons will get home court advantage through at least the first two rounds of the playoffs.

"It's always great to be at home in the playoffs and I'm our fans with give us a good atmosphere," Gibson said.

The Jefferson boys could not make it a sweep falling to St. Pius 82-50 in the finals. But the Dragons were playing without leading scorer Jasper Gibson who was out with an ankle injury.

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