“He’s a great distributor; he sees the floor maybe better than any kid we’ve ever had here, and he does a great job with it,” O’Bryan said. “The charge call was unfortunate, but I thought he played tremendous, and I thought our kids really stepped up after that moment.”
East Jessamine was able to respond from the free-throw line. Harper sank a pair of foul shots to give East a two-point lead, and Mike Jones did the same a few seconds later after West tied the game at 62.
“We had a little lapse there, and when they cut it back down and tied the game, we easily could have folded it up,” O’Bryan said. “But great pride, great heart — they played like champions, and they played as a team.”
Harper gave East another lead at 64-62, but West again tied the game at 64. Bradshaw gave East a 66-64 advantage with two free throws seconds before Irgang tied the game 66-66 with 1:23 to play.
Peters led West Jessamine with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting; Fain scored 17 points and collected a team-high seven rebounds. Henderson scored 14 points to go along with his five assists, four steals and just one turnover in 32 minutes. Irgang was the final Colt in double figures with 10 points.
Harper had seven rebounds to go along with his 22 points. Bradshaw scored 21 and collected six rebounds as he played all 32 minutes. Carson scored nine points, and Jones added 11.
As a team, East Jessamine was 17-for-21 from the free-throw line.
East has won six out of the last seven games against West Jessamine, and Friday’s win was the Jaguars’ eighth straight overall since the January loss to the Colts.
“That’s how you respond, and I challenged my kids,” West coach Damon Kelley said. “I want to see how we’re going to respond to this tonight. I know it hurts; I know they wanted to win, but it’s not the end all. We’ve still got a couple of weeks of basketball left to play, hopefully more than that, and I’m going to find out about my guys to see how they react to this tonight.”
The teams could meet again in the 46th District championship if they are both victorious in semifinal games.