SHELBY — The Broad Street Jaguars came out with a plan here Friday night against the John. F. Kennedy Hornets, but in the end the Hornets were too much as they slid by the Jaguars 65-61.
JFK improved to 9-9 overall and 4-2 in region 3-1A while Broad Street fell to 4-10 overall with a 1-3 mark in the region
Broad Street erased an early 4-0 deficit to take a 9-4 lead in the first quarter. They ended the period leading 13-10.
The Jaguars fell behind in the second quarter thanks in large part to CJ Gardner who scored 13 points in the quarter, including three long-distance three-point shots to give JFK a 32-21 lead at halftime. Gardner scored 19 points in the first half.
In the second half, Broad Street head coach Ashkelon Stapleton changed up his defense and guarded Gardner head-up with Ventura Junearick which seemed to change the game as he held Gardner scoreless for most of the second half.
With that move and with JFK’s Kenyon Kimble in foul trouble, Broad Street was able to inch closer in the third quarter trailing 45-40 heading into the fourth. A basket from Emmanuel Johnson to start the fourth quarter closed the gap for Broad Street to 45-42.
The game continued to progress and Kimble was able to get back on the court, which made a difference in the flow of the game for the Hornets as they were able to push their lead to 59-49. They never looked back from that point as Broad Street could only get as close as to within six points down the stretch, before hitting a basket late for a 65-61 final.
Gardner finished with 21 points to lead the Hornets. and Kimble added 19 points in the win.
Semaj Daniels led Broad Street with 21 points, followed by Keyshawn Prince and Junearick with 10 points each and Karltavious Burrage with seven points and seven assists.
JFK will return to the court on Tuesday to host Rosa Fort, while Broad Street will be back in action on Saturday to host Clarksdale.