MASON, W.Va. — A 37-16 run over the middle quarters ultimately provided visiting Charleston Catholic with plenty of breathing room Friday night during a 57-35 decision over the Wahama boys basketball team in a non-conference matchup at Gary Clark Court in Mason County.
The host White Falcons (4-5) trailed 12-10 after eight minutes of play, but the Irish (7-3) turned up the defense during a 14-3 second quarter run that gave the Green and Gold a 26-13 cushion at the break.
CCHS followed with a 23-9 surge to open the second half, allowing the guests to secure a commanding 49-26 edge headed into the finale. WHS closed regulation with a small 9-8 run to wrap up the 22-point outcome.
Philip Hoffman and Ryan Thomas both led Wahama with 10 points apiece, followed by Noah Estep with six points and Travis Kearns with four markers. Nolan Pierce and Noah Litchfield were next with two points each, while Ricky Kearns rounded out the scoring with one point.
The White Falcons — who have now dropped two straight decisions, both at home — made two of their 13 field goals from behind the arc and also went 7-of-11 at the free throw line for 64 percent.
Hayden McCarty paced Charleston Catholic with a game-high 17 points, followed by Michael Martin with 13 points and Sam Jenkins with eight markers. Domenic Martin also contributed seven points to the winning cause.
Luke McKown and James Ross chipped in four points apiece, while James Crews and Nick Imani rounded out the Irish tally with two markers each. The guests netted three of their 24 field goals from three-point range and also went 6-of-12 at the free throw line for 50 percent.
Wahama returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Trimble in a TVC Hocking contest at 6 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.