TAMPA — Jefferson started with strong defense Thursday night and never looked back, defeating Lakewood Ranch 62-28.
The Dragons scored the first nine points and built a 41-14 lead by halftime. Jefferson (26-3) used its superior athleticism on defense to force Lakewood Ranch (17-12) into committing 27 turnovers.
"That's been our forte, putting a lot a pressure on people," Jefferson coach Tom Mosca said. "Our defense created a lot of offense for us early, despite making some bad passing decisions."
The victory was a team effort, as three Dragons scored in double figures. Bene'e Glanton led the charge with 13 points, while Laurie Beaty and Shayla Wilson scored 12 apiece. Gabriella Diaz-Granados led the Mustangs with 13 points.
"Everyone played real hard tonight; despite the score, this was a tough game," Wilson said. "We can still get better, especially our rebounding and boxing out."
Jefferson shot the ball well, connecting on 26-of-55 field-goal attempts while limiting Lakewood Ranch to only 38 shots. The win marked Jefferson's 14th consecutive victory.
"We survived and moved on, now we've got to get ready to play another one," Mosca said.