JAYTON — In the realm of Big Country 1A basketball, matchups don’t get much bigger the visit No. 5 Paducah paid eighth-ranked Jayton on Friday before a packed house at the JHS gym.
Pecos Smith and Tripp Scott scored 16 and 13 points respectively and Tye Scogin tossed in 10 to lead Jayton (20-5, 3-0 District 15-1A), which took control of the game with a 17-5 first quarter and managed to hold for a 46-37 win.
Paducah, which trailed by 17 points at the end of the third quarter, began a late rally behind full-court defensive pressure, eventually cutting the lead to seven with a jumper from Mark Flemons with just under two minutes to play. But the Dragons never got any closer — falling victim to a combination of cold shooting down the stretch, three Jayton free throws and a jumper by Scott.