The Jefferson Lady Falcons took on the Mendham Lady Minutemen on Friday night. In the first of the girls boys double header, and the crowd paid their price for a last-second Falcons win 27-26.
Jefferson really stepped up in the second half as the Falcons came back from an eight-point deficit to upset Mendham with a last second free throw from Mackenzie Rock.
The Falcons got off to a slow start in the first as Mendham led a 7-2 run to open the game. The tough Mendham defense held the J-Town offense to four points for the first seven minutes. With just one minute left, Jefferson’s Rock made a great break on the ball and steal to lead to a Falcons layup and all the momentum heading into the second.
Although Jefferson finished the first strong, it was Mendham regaining control in the second. The Lady Minutemen defense stood up to the Falcons’ offense, holding them again with just four points in the quarter. This helped them head into halftime with a strong 18-10 lead over the 7-1 Falcons.
After a long halftime break, J-Town gained new life in the third. The Lady Falcons outplayed Mendham 4-2 in the third and cut their deficit to just six going into the fourth.
The fourth brought more intensity. With the game coming down to the wire, both teams tested their limits. The Falcons’ Amanda Nwanko, Leah Demko, and Patricia Orlandoni cut the lead to one point with 30 seconds to go. That’s when Rock was sent to the free throw line and nailed the first one to tie the game. She then nailed the second to seal the game for J-Town 27-26.
My player of the game goes to Mackenzie Rock. Rock had a great game scoring and sharing the ball. Her biggest contribution came with the game on the line when hitting the winning free throw and icing the game for Jefferson.
“I just couldn’t let my team down,” Rock said. She did as she hoped, as she helped the team secure an important win to keep their special one loss season alive.
The Lady Falcons get Morris Tech next back at home on Tuesday, January 14, at 5:30. After an electric win, they hope to keep it going next week.