Jefferson County players celebrate as time expires in Monday's District 2-AAA Tournament championship game. The Patriots defeated South-Doyle for their first district tournament title since 2015. – J.D. VAUGHN | THE STANDARD BANNER

Matt Johnson heard a recent compliment from his athletic director — Jefferson County’s boys look their best when they “just play.”

The mantra eventually resulted in the Patriots cutting down the nets on their home court.

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