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Jefferson's Deshona Gaither, shown here in recent action, scored 18 points in the Dragons' 78-47 win over Banks County Thursday (Dec. 3).

Jefferson’s Deshona Gaither led a trio of scorers in double figures as the Dragons moved to 3-1 with a 78-47 win at Banks County Thursday (Dec. 3).

Gaither finished with 18 points, Ellie Kinlaw added 14 points and Courtney Kidd contributed 12 points, all coming on 3-pointers.

"We got off to a great start," Jefferson coach Greg Brown said. "We came out trying to get the tempo of the game as fast as possible, and we were able to do that. I thought once again we were very balanced in scoring which makes us really hard to guard." .

Gaither was 4-of-5 from the floor and went 9-of-10 from the free throw line. She also had three steals.

"Deshona had a great night," Brown said. "She was aggressive and playing with lot of confidence, which helps her play the way we need her to play."

Livi Blackstock had seven assists and five steals to go with nine points. 

Jefferson, which hit 11 3-pointers in the win, led 29-8 after a quarter and 50-21 at the half.

The Dragons shot 42.3 percent from 3-point range (11-of-26) and 71.4 percent from the free-throw line (15-of-21). They also generated 31 turnovers and scored 29 points off takeaways. 

The Dragons will see Banks County again next week, hosting the Leopards on Tuesday (Dec. 8).

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