Wildcats pounce on Wahama, 82-40

By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com

WATERFORD, Ohio — So much for hospitality.

The Waterford boys basketball team led wire-to-wire and remained unbeaten in league play Tuesday night following an 82-40 victory over visiting Wahama in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Washington County.

The Wildcats (4-1, 4-0 TVC Hocking) had 10 different players reach the scoring column as the hosts picked up their third consecutive win. Four of those 10 scorers also reached double digits.

The White Falcons (3-4, 2-3), conversely, had eight players score in the setback, but none of them cracked double figures.

The Green and White stormed out to an early 19-12 advantage after eight minutes of play, then used a small 13-8 second quarter run to secure a 32-20 lead at the intermission.

The hosts kept that momentum going in the second half as Waterford made an 18-11 run in the third canto, which made it a 50-31 contest headed into the finale.

The Wildcats, however, caught fire down the stretch after closing regulation with a 32-9 surge — wrapping up the 42-point outcome.

The Red and White made three of their 15 total field goals from behind the arc and also went 7-of-12 at the free throw line for 58 percent.

Noah Litchfield led the White Falcons with nine points, followed by Philip Hoffman with eight markers. Mason Hildreth and Travis Kearns were next with six points apiece, while Jacob Lloyd chipped in four markers.

Randy Lantz contributed three points in the setback, while Isaiah Pauley and Tyler Bumgarner rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.

Waterford netted 31 total field goal in the triumph, with 10 of those coming from behind the arc. The hosts were also 10-of-13 at the charity stripe for 77 percent.

Bryce Hilverding paced the Green and White with a game-high 16 points, followed by Cody Harris with 14 points and Jordan Welch with 13 markers. Tyler McCutcheon also had 10 points for the victors.

Issac Huffman was next with nine points, while Andrew Thurman and Riley Burns respectively added seven and four markers. Noah Huffman, Austin Pratt and Travis Pottmeyer also had three points each in the triumph.

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

By Bryan Walters