Mar 19, 2014 19:13 East Jefferson defeats Northside 47-39 in a Class 4A semifinal game East Jefferson defeats Northside 47-39 in a Class 4A semifinal game Advocate story March 19, 2014 Comments It wasn’t pretty. But East Jefferson will take it. East Jefferson is going to the state championship game for the first time in school history after a hard fought 47-39 victory over Northside Thursdya night in the Class 4A semifinals at Burton Coliseum. East Jefferson (30-3) will play top-seed Landry -Walker on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the championship game. Landry-Walker beat East Jefferson 60-51 during the regular season in January. Senior center Curtiss Anderson got East Jefferson going late in the third quarter with a pair of blocked shots that seemed to breathe some life into the Warriors. Up until that point with a minute remaining in the third, East Jefferson had made just seven field goals. But Anderson’s first block led to a baseline jumper by Shaquille Preston and the second led to a 3-point play by Preston. It pushed a 24-23 lead to a 29-23 lead at the end of the third quarter. Preston, a UT-Chattanooga signee, finished with a game-high xx points. Anderson finished with 12, including an exclamation point dunk with 13.2 seconds left that sealed it. East Jefferson got off to a sloppy start, making just 3 of 14 field goals in the opening quarter, including 1 of 7 on 3-pointers. The teams were tied 8-8 after one quarter. But East Jefferson scored the first eight points of the third quarter (a trey by many Nicholas and five free throws) to take a 16-8 lead. Northside went almost five minutes without a point in the quarter, ending its drought on a pair of free throws by Paul McZeal with 3:20 left in the half. EJ’s shooting didn’t get much better in the second quarter, when they made just 3 of 10 field goals, but it was enough to give the Warriors a 21-15 halftime lead. But then East Jefferson went on a scoring drought of its own to start the second half. Northside scored the half’s first eight points, tying it 21-21 on a 3-point play by Gerard Andrus with 4:52 remaining in the third. The Vikings took their first lead since 2-0 on McZeal’s dunk that made it 23-21. The Warriors didn’t score their first point of the quarter until 2:20 remained when Curtiss Anderson knocked down a free throw. McZeal finished with 14 points for the Vikings, who finished 22-11.