LOGAN, Ohio — Simply outmatched.
The seventh-seeded Meigs boys basketball had few answers for the second-seeded Warriors during Wednesday night’s sectional semifinal at Jim Myers Gymnasium. Warren took the 73-47 victory and will face Athens in the sectional final on Friday.
The Warriors (19-3) scored 19 points in the opening quarter led by West Liberty commit Evan French, who hit three trifectas. Meigs (8-11) marked nine in the first and trailed by 10 points. The Marauders turned the ball over 14 times in the second period and trailed 38-20 at halftime. Meigs was outscored 16-to-12 in the third quarter and 19-to-15 in the fourth as Warren charged to the 73-47 victory.
Meigs was led by seniors Damon Jones and Jordan Hutton with 12 points each. Cody Bartrum added eight points, Isaiah English and Colton Lilly both marked six, while A.J. Kopec rounded out the Marauder total with three points.
The Maroon and Gold shot 20-of-56 (35.7 percent) from the field including 7-of-19 (36.8 percent) from beyond the arc. Jones hit four three-pointers to lead Meigs followed by Hutton with two and Kopec with one. Meigs was 0-2 from the free throw line in the setback.
As a team Meigs had 41 rebounds, led by Jones with 13 and English with eight. Lilly and Ty Phelps each added five rebounds for Meigs. The Marauders had nine assists, led by Phelps with three. MHS committed 22 turnovers in the game, 14 of which came in the second period.
Evan French hit six three-pointers and led Warren with 26 points, while Michael Hall had 15. Reece Patton added 12 points for the Warriors, followed by Blake Kidder with seven, Kyler Dennis with four and Andrew Drayer with three. Seth Hall, Aaron Mazurkiewicz and Marshal Church each marked two points to round out the Blue and White total.
Warren shot 28-of-73 (38.4 percent) from the field, 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) from three and 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) from the free throw line. Drayer led WHS with 13 of the team’s 46 rebounds, followed by French with eight boards. Warren had 10 turnovers, while Hall and Andrew Henthorn each had four of the team’s 15 assists.
The Warriors will advance to the sectional finale where they will face Athens in a rematch of last season’s regional semifinal. Warren will be looking for its seventh consecutive sectional crown, while the Bulldogs will look for its third in a row. The loss ends the Marauders streak of three straight years with a postseason victory.