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Jefferson City falls short of state title game; best finish in 19 years


The Jefferson City Jays fell short of a trip to the state championship game Friday with a 69-56 loss to Ladue Horton Watkins, but the Jays have the best finish in 19 years.

Jeff City got off to a rough start down 18-8 after the first quarter. The Jays managed to cut the lead down to four to start the fourth quarter, but the Rams put the foot on the pedal at the end to score 22 points in the final quarter of the play.

Watch the full press conference with the Jays after the game below.

The Jays were led by senior guard Steven Samuels with 18 points, plus sophomore forward Jordan Martin finished with 14 points and six rebounds.

Second-chance points was the big different in the Rams pulling away in the first half having 10 offense rebounds through just two quarters of the game and outrebounding Jefferson City on the day 30-20.

Watch extended highlights from the game in the player below.

With the loss, the Jays fall to 23-8 on the season. Up next, the group will have a chance to bring home third place Saturday at 10 a.m. against Pembroke Hill at Great Southern Bank Arena.

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