Wildcats sweep Southern, 58-30

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com

WATERFORD, Ohio — No trifectas needed.

The Waterford boys basketball team — which sank nine three-pointers in a 74-38 victory over Southern, on December 8 in Racine — went 0-13 from deep on Tuesday, but still managed to claim a 58-30 win over the visiting Tornadoes, in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division showdown in Washington County.

Southern (2-13, 2-8 TVC Hocking) trailed 11-6 after eight minutes of play, and Waterford (9-2, 7-1) pushed its lead to 28-13 by halftime, with a 17-7 second quarter run.

The Wildcats — who were ranked 10th in the latest Associated Press Division IV poll, but had lost two straight games — outscored the Purple and Gold 18-to-5 in the third period, making the WHS advantage 46-18 headed into the fourth quarter. Both teams scored 12 points over the final eight minutes and the Green and White secured the 58-30 triumph.

SHS junior Tylar Blevins sank three trifectas and led the Purple and Gold with 17 points, while Trey Pickens finished with six markers. Brayden Cunningham scored four points in the setback, while Blake Johnson added three to the Tornado cause.

Johnson and Crenson Rogers paced the guests on the glass with six rebounds apiece, while Dylan Smith had a team-high four assists. The Tornado defense was led by Smith and Jaylen Blanks with two steals each.

Southern shot 2-of-3 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line and 12-of-55 (21.8 percent) from the field, including 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from beyond the arc. As a team the Purple and Gold marked 21 rebounds, four assists, six steals and 15 turnovers.

Cody Harris led Waterford with 11 points, followed by Jordan Welch and Riley Burns with 10 each. Bryce Hilverding scored nine points, Wyatt Lang added eight, while Travis Pottmeyer had four and Tyler McCutcheon had three. Montana Brooker and Andrew Theiman rounded out the WHS scoring with two points and one point respectively.

The Wildcats shot 22-of-32 (68.8 percent) from the free throw line and 18-of-51 (35.3 percent) from the field. The Green and White finished with 40 rebounds and just six turnovers in the win.

Southern is scheduled to return to action on Friday at South Gallia. The Rebels defeated the Purple and Gold by a 65-50 count on December 11, at SHS.

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By Alex Hawley