Daniel Thompson had seen enough the last few years to know better than to get too excited. The senior guard had witnessed first-hand the way the Jaguars always found new and more painful ways to deliver a dagger to the heart every time it seemed West Jessamine was about to claim victory over their biggest rivals... "> Daniel Thompson had seen enough the last few years to know better than to get too excited. The senior guard had witnessed first-hand the way the Jaguars always found new and more painful ways to deliver a dagger to the heart every time it seemed West Jessamine was about to claim victory over their biggest rivals... ">

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But Thompson and the Colts made sure East Jessamine didn¹t have the last word this time. The Jaguars stormed back from a 22-point deficit, only to see West Jessamine finally come up with one last surge that secured a long-awaited victory over their arch-nemesis.

            Thompson and senior forward Scott Tarvin each had 15 points as the Colts broke the Jaguar jinx with a 72-59 win Monday at East Jessamine High School. Senior guard Cameron Jackson came up huge down the stretch, finishing with 13 points as West Jessamine (9-5) ended a five-game losing streak to the Jaguars, and earned county bragging rights for the first time in almost three years.

            "It feels great. The last couple of years, we've been close, but we can't pull it out," Thompson said. "We'd get the lead, and then we get in foul trouble. Something always happens." This time something bad didn't happen, and the Colts got to celebrate a win over East Jessamine (10-5) for the first time since Feb. 29, 2000. "It doesn't matter what year it is. This is going to be a battle," West Jessamine Coach Matthew Yates said. "They played a heck of a game, and you can't take anything anyway from them."

            With a big lead all but gone, the Colts slowed things down and put the ball in the hands of Jackson. The senior responded, dishing out three key assists and connecting on a jumper in the lane that helped push the advantage back to double digits. "I just knew that if I was aggressive, then something would open up or I was going to find one of my teammates and both happened," Jackson said.

            East Jessamine slashed the lead to 58-53, before Jackson led a 10-2 run that ended the Jaguars' upset bid. The guard found Tarvin twice on the interior for easy buckets, then gave a nice feed to Johnson, who gave the Colts an 11-point lead with an up-and-under lay-up. "I think the kids kind of let-up a little bit." Yates said. "The kids started to think, ok, we¹ve got a 22-point lead, they couldn't help it, and they started to relax."

            But Mason made sure the Colts didn't cruise to victory. After sitting out most of the third quarter with foul trouble, the junior guard was unstoppable in the opening minutes of the fourth. Mason had 12 in the final period alone; capping a 23-8 run that put the Jaguars back in the game. Mason finished with a game-high 17 points, junior center Ryan McFarland added 12, and senior point guard Daniel Sandlin finished with 11 points. Despite injuring a finger on his left hand in the first half, senior guard Scotty Foster poured in 12 points before fouling out.

            "For those kids to battle back from a 20-point deficit to one of the Top 10 teams in the state, I couldn¹t be more proud of them," East Jessamine Coach Chris O'Bryan said. West Jessamine built most of that big lead in the second quarter behind the strong play of its reserves.

            With several starters on the bench in foul trouble, Wes Hosney, Cody Meadows, and Brian Greene, along with the starting backcourt of Thompson and Andy Placido turned a two-point deficit into a 38-26 lead at halftime. "We had to go a little deeper to the bench, and those guys responded," Yates said.

            Thompson led the way as the margin ballooned to 22 in the third quarter. The senior guard's second three-pointer of the game, a free throw and short jumper gave West Jessamine a 50-28 lead. But no matter how big the lead, Thompson and the Colts couldn¹t feel secure until the final seconds had ticked off the clock. West Jessamine led in the closing minutes of both match-ups with their cross-town rivals last year, only to see the Jaguars escape with a pair of narrow victories.

            This time, the Colts weren't going to let East Jessamine break their hearts again. "We finally got them," Jackson said. "Now, hopefully we can just keep rolling and beat them every time," Thompson said. The two rivals meet again on Feb. 13 at West Jessamine High School. Monday's game was originally scheduled for Jan. 23, but had to be delay to due bad weather.

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