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Waubonsie Valley's Jared Brownridge goes up for a running jump shot over the Metea Valley defense on Saturday, February 9. 2013 at Metea Valley High School in Aurora IL. | Terence Guider-Shaw~For Sun-Times Media
Messages can be sent in a variety of ways.
For Waubonsie Valley on Saturday night, the message it sent to one of its District 204 brethren, Metea Valley, was a quick and swift one.
With the prospect of a third meeting between the two programs looming in the postseason, seniors Jared Brownridge, Bryan Jefferson and Javares Stewart paved the way towards Waubonsie Valley posting a impressive 76-62 victory over Metea Valley in Aurora.
Getting off to a slow start amidst an eight-point deficit a little more than four minutes into the game, Waubonsie Valley coach Steve Weemer called a timeout while sharing a few choice words with his charges.
“Our guys understand that they gotta bring it and we challenged them a little bit and got after them a little bit and they responded,” he said. “So I was pleased with how they responded and we gave them two field goals after that. So I think our defense was really good.”
Collectively, they got the message and then some as Brownridge, Jefferson and Stewart combined for 61 of the Warriors’ 76 points on the night.
The Santa Clara-bound Brownridge finished with a game-high 30 points, two points shy of his career-high of 32.
Jefferson notched 17 first-half points, while Brownridge added 12 as the Warriors pounced on the Mustangs in the course of eventually taking a 39-27 halftime lead by finishing the half on a 32-12 run.
Moments after finishing an 11-point first quarter with a shot just over half-court to beat the first-quarter buzzer, Jefferson’s emphatic dunk early in the second quarter highlighted Waubonsie Valley’s offensive fireworks during the latter stages of the first half.
“I didn’t know I was gonna get the ball in that position. When I got it, I was kind of confident I was gonna make it because they weren’t guarding me,” said Jefferson, who added 21 points to the Warriors’ offensive cause, of his shot to end the first.
Jumping out quickly to a 15-7 lead just more than four minutes into the game, not much went right the rest of the way for Metea Valley (15-9, 8-3 Upstate Eight Valley).
“Good surge to start the game. (Weemer) wasn’t happy with Vin’s three at that point and I think they turned it up a notch,” Metea Valley coach Bob Vozza said. “I thought in the middle of their run, we responded a little bit with a few baskets and I was kind of expecting the quarter that we had. But then we had a breakdown at the end of the quarter. Jefferson hit that half-courter and second quarter, they got way too many transition baskets.”
Vin Patel, Sean Davis and Trayvond Taylor all finished in double figures for the Mustangs, whose loss clinched the Upstate Eight Valley title for Neuqua Valley.