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Kaufman hands Ferris first district loss in basketball

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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS - It took Kaufman until 2:50 left in the first period to get on the scoreboard and that one point came on a free throw shot. Although Kaufman played a running game, their shooting was inaccurate at best especially with the focused defense of the Yellow Jackets.

Ferris showed both a strong offense and defense in the first two periods of play leading 27-13 at half-time.

As seen in several previous games, Ferris’ strong first half of play does not always roll over to the second half of the game.

This was the case Friday when Ferris only scored 12 points to Kaufman’s 20 in the third period.

The Yellow Jackets repeatedly missed easy lay-ups and free throw shots and held only a narrow lead of 39-33 at the end of the third period.

Kaufman came alive in the fourth period making easy shots that helped them creep up the scoreboard and tie Ferris at 39 all with Kaufman going to the free throw line with 6:11 left in the game. Making one of two free throw attempts, Kaufman then took a one point lead.

A three-pointer by Casey Lemon with 4:55 left put Ferris up 42-40. After Kaufman tied the game again on free throws, Jeremy Masterson’s free throw regained the lead for Ferris 43-42 with 3:43 left on the clock.

Kaufman and Ferris would then battle back and forth with two point shots until Kaufman took a 48-45 lead with 1:31 left.

With both sides scrapping for the ball, Coach Rogers called a time out with 39.4 seconds to give his boys a chance to catch their breath and regroup.

Paul Alexander would go to the free throw line with 18.3 seconds left to tie the game at 48 a piece.

Kaufman would then fight their way to three more points off of free throws to hand the Yellow Jackets their first district loss 51-48.

In a post-game interview, Ferris Head Coach Buck Rogers explained that his team’s loss boiled down to missed lay-ups and free throws.

"We needed to make lay-ups and free throws and we didn’t. We had a job to do and we didn’t get it done."

When asked what the next step would be, Coach Rogers stated, "We have Crandall next and then Venus and Alvarado. We have to be ready for them."

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