Jags surprise Carroll in last 30 seconds


Kaylen Johnson

Jerome Washington, power forward, hugs Principal Cheryl Hochhalter after scoring the game winning basket at the sub-state tournament.

The Jags took home the sixth straight sub-state championship after defeating undefeated Bishop Carroll in the championship. Finishing the regular season 12-8, they entered sub-state as the eight seed. In the first matchup, they took on nine seed Maize Eagles.
The Jags defeated the Eagles 63-50. Xavier Bell finished with a team high 26 points while big man Jerome Washington grabbed 14 rebounds.
“That win was great, it was a good starter game to get us ready for Carroll. We played pretty good and really defended well. It feels like we have a sixth man while playing from the student section, best in the state by far,” senior guard Xavier Bell said.
Bishop Carroll was the number one seed with a record of 21-0. They also defeated the Jags 68-46 in the first meeting played at Charles Koch Arena. Going back and forth the whole game, this will be remembered in one way. The Jags were down 52-59 with 23.9 seconds without the ball. Bell started the comeback by getting a steal and hitting a pull up three. After getting a quick foul and a missed free throw by Tanner Mans, Matt Macy converted an and one to 58-59.
“The momentum was on our side after that, I knew we were going to win, we had to,” Macy said.
After forcing a timeout, Trey Degarmo had a quick foul to put Enrique Lankford to the free throw line, a 85% shooter from the stripe. Enrique missed it and Bell grabbed the rebound. He pushed the ball up the court and drove left. Looking right, he saw wide open Jerome Washington. He hit him and Washington made every Jaguars dreams come true. The Jags had defeated Bishop Carrol 61-59 and will compete going to state.
“It is something I will remember for the rest of my life. I had great support from the fans, coaches, and teammates. I couldn’t be happier on how we finished as a team. That right there defines Central basketball,” Washington said
The Jags take on Bashor-Lindwood tonight at 6:30 in the state tournament at Emporia.