SIOUX CITY -- Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson withstood a late East rally to post a rare Missouri River Activities Conference girls basketball victory 43-40 on Friday at East High.

Josey Starner, a University of South Dakota track and field recruit, scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Yellowjackets posted a win over the Black Raiders for the first time in at least a decade.

Thomas Jefferson (2-0) only relinquished the lead twice in the contest, once each in the third and fourth quarters, and snapped a 77-game MRAC losing streak.

Each time East would take the lead, the last coming at 29-28 with 6:28 to play, the Yellowjackets would answer.

A basket by Starner with 6:06 to play would vault the visitors into the lead and after a missed East shot, Lateah Willie would push the lead to three at 32-29.

The Black Raiders suffered through a nearly five-minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter and still had one final possession with the ball and facing a three-point deficit before a Katlynn Tucker 3-point attempt would fall short.

Tucker, a 5-foot-4 sophomore, scored 16 points for the Black Raiders (0-2), while Taylor Copple added 13 points and 17 rebounds.

East, coming off a 12-point loss to defending Class 2A state champion Western Christian, couldn't overcome poor shooting, both overall and from the free throw line.

The hosts connected just 11 times on 43 attempts and were only 12 of 22 from the foul line.

Allison Schubert and Allisa Schubert combined for 7 of 8 free throw shooting in the final quarter for Thomas Jefferson, registering its first MRAC win since Jan. 25, 2011.

East, who visits West on Thursday, was playing its final home game before Christmas and faces five more contests before the holidays.


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