Jefferson streaking again in right direction

Dan Williams
Jefferson senior Ozni Manarrez pictured after hitting another key basket in his team’s 70-63 win over KIPP Denver Collegiate on Tuesday night.

Senior leadership is starting to seep through for Jefferson.

The streaky Saints are currently streaking again in the right direction after their 70-63 victory over KIPP Denver Collegiate Tuesday at Jefferson High School.

The Saints got two huge scoring efforts and they needed both to hold off the Tigers who refused to go away.

Senior Ozni Manarraz scored a game-high 25 points to go along with four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Fellow senior Dontea Deloach scored 21 points and added seven rebounds.

Jefferson trailed after the first quarter but caught fire in the second quarter and scored 30 points. Jefferson needed the big quarter because the Tigers had several players who were having big nights as well.  

The Saints used the scoring cushion and then good defense in the fourth quarter to hold them off.

Three days later Jefferson recorded a 70-43 victory at Arrupe Jesuit High School, snapping a three game losing streak.

Moreover, the Saints had lost six of their last seven games before winning back-to-back contests.

Jefferson opened the season winning three of their first four games and four of their first six games. However, they have been very streaky since that point.

Still, the Saints (7-8, 3-5 in 3A Frontier league) are close to having a winning record.

Jefferson has four regular season games left which will all be very meaningful in the standings. They will host Lake Country Friday at 7 p.m.