NEW ORLEANS — East Jefferson’s 95-50 win against Warren Easton on Friday night placed the Warriors one game closer to claiming a District 10-4A title.
The next big game is a second regular-season showdown with St. Augustine on Wednesday. East Jefferson won the earlier matchup.
While East Jefferson (26-2, 8-0) is in control of its district hopes, the Warriors are also focused on not following their recent trend of quick playoff exits.
Last season’s team was knocked out of the postseason in the first round. The season before, the Warriors reached the second round.
“We’re better this year,” said Eugene Wells, a junior guard. “We know how to share the ball, play good defense.”
Wells, a three-year letterwinner on varsity, has improved his scoring and ability to get teammates involved, which was displayed against Easton.
Wells and Curtiss Anderson led East Jefferson with 14 points apiece. Their efforts included a third quarter that pleased coach Ryan Dicharry. Wells scored eight of his points in the quarter, and Anderson five, a testament to East Jefferson’s improvement from earlier this season.
During their previous game against Easton, the Warriors entered the fourth quarter leading by seven before pulling away for an 81-53 win. This time, East Jefferson took control early and kept it that way, dropping Easton to 10-16 and 4-4 in district.
“We did a much better job tonight of playing all four quarters,” Dicharry said.
Meanwhile, East Jefferson defended the perimeter, where Easton’s guard-heavy squad launched 3-pointers. Many of their misses were long rebounds that transformed into easy shots in transition for the Warriors. Coupled with their half-court press, East Jefferson took a commanding 50-21 lead into halftime.
Miguel Lawrence led Easton with 12 points. Ashton Taplin added 11. Friday’s game marked Easton’s fourth without senior point guard Tim Cousins, who suffered a knee injury on Jan. 15.
Easton, which could miss the playoffs, plays at Holy Cross on Tuesday.
“This was a bad game today for us. It’s all my fault,” Easton coach Neil McKendall said. “I didn’t do a good job of coaching, so we’ve got to get ready for these next two (games).”
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