BOLTON LANDING - Johnsburg's season has been perfect. The Bolton Eagles marred that perfection Jan. 21 as they pulled ahead in the final minute of the game and handed the Jaguars their first loss of the season.
Johnsburg is now 11-1 and Bolton improved to 6-4 after their one point edge over the Jaguars.
The Jaguars led the entire game, finishing the first quarter 16-4. The tide began to turn late in the second half and Bolton outshot the Jaguars 17-10 in the second half.
"Tonight was a good test and we needed a game like this," said Johnsburg head coach Shawn Taylor. "This was not a bad loss and it was the time in our season to take it."
Taylor joined the Jaguars half-way through their season to replace Michael Pellettier. He bid farewell to an undefeated season, but will now focus on moving forward. The Jaguars have four big games remaining before they look to sectionals, according to Taylor.
"I think this will wake us up," he said. "We have some time off and we will being hitting the gym and then we will take the rest of the season one game at time."
Billy Smith scored three of Bolton's four points in the fourth quarter with a big three-pointer, and finished with 12 total points to lead the Eagles. Mitchell Jordon chipped in with 10 points. Matthew Smith and Dustin French each finished with four points in the win. French also sunk the other three-pointer for Bolton.
Taylor Ordway led Johnsburg with 12 points, three of which were three-pointers. Ben Richards put up eight points and Andrew Veldman had seven in the loss.
Bolton head coach, Steve Showers was pleased with the end result of Friday's close contest.
"The boys showed a lot of heart tonight," he said. "We played stellar defense in the second half and I hope we continue to improve on this."