VAN, W.Va. — Now that’s finishing what you started.
The Van boys basketball team led by 16 points eight minutes into Tuesday night’s non-conference tilt with visiting Hannan, and the Bulldogs cruised to the 78-30 victory in Boone County.
The Wildcats (4-8) trailed 27-11 eight minutes into play, and the Bulldogs (9-2) expanded their lead to 43-18 by halftime. Van outscored Hannan 11-to-6 in the third period and 24-to-6 in the fourth, capping off the 78-30 triumph.
HHS senior Isaiah Burgess led the guests with eight points, followed by freshman Chase Nelson with six. Cole Poore posted five points, Dalton Coleman and Corey Hudnall both posted four, while Malachi Cade rounded out the Hannan scoring with three points.
Taylor Jarrell led the victors with 19 points, followed by Gavin Smith with nine. Jacob Stewart and Cole Price both scored eight, Alexander Gibson and Caleb Price each added seven, while Tyler Honeycutt marked six. Logan Crouse and Gregory Lail scored four points apiece, Mark Smith chipped in with three, while Kenneth Gibson and Brandon Moore rounded out the VHS scoring with two points and one point respectively.
The Bulldogs — who are now 4-0 at home — also defeated the Wildcats on December 15, by a 79-23 final tally in Ashton.
Hannan, which has now lost back-to-back games, is scheduled to return to action on Friday at Elk Valley Christian. The Wildcats defeated EVCS on December 22, by a 70-53 count in Mason County.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.