HICO — The offense wasn’t particularly productive, but the defense rose to the challenge.
That resulted in a 54-45 victory for the Midland Trail Patriots over Meadow Bridge Friday in boys high school basketball action.
Two nights after putting up 81 points in an overtime loss to Independence, Midland Trail came up a little sluggish against the visiting Wildcats, but the hosts did enough to secure the victory over their Fayette County rivals.
In arrears by 19 points, 44-25, near the end of the third quarter after an Austin Isaacs 3-pointer from a Trevor Harrell feed, followed by a Nathan Hanshew deuce, Meadow Bridge discovered some life in the final eight minutes. The Wildcats eventually crept to within 10, 50-40, when Kobe Rozell converted a difficult drive into a three-point play with 1:35 left. The ‘Cats later got a trifecta from Lukas Stephens off a Rozell assist to make it even closer at 52-45, but that was the closest they could get.
“We played defense tonight,” said Midland Trail coach Curtis Miller. “So far this year, we’ve been an offensive team and not a defensive one.
“I told people at the beginning of the year we could score 80 or score 40.”
In Wednesday’s 88-81 defeat at the hands of Independence, Miller said his team began to get some defensive rhythm and overcame a 10-point deficit to force overtime before coming up short. “We started playing defense.”
When the offense wasn’t as efficient Friday, Miller said he told his players “you have to pick it up on the defensive end” in order to withstand a challenge from its foe in “a typical Meadow Bridge-Midland Trail game.” He termed the game a “physical battle.”
“We can’t shoot the basketball,” lamented a frustrated Meadow Bridge coach Mark Gladwell. “With the shots they get open, they knock down.
“They’re just not going in (for the ‘Cats).”
Midland Trail was in charge early, as two Indy Eades free throws staked the Patriots to a 15-7 lead at the outset of the second period. However, the Wildcats responded with a 10-2 run to knot the game at 17-17. Meadow Bridge’s spurt featured a pair of offensive rebound buckets by Rozell, a deuce in transition by Jared Gladwell, a successful drive by Hunter Claypool and two points by Rozell off an Ean Crane assist after a Trail turnover.
The Patriots answered right back, as Hanshew drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner to make it 20-17 and followed that with another two points to expand the lead to five, 22-17. Eades then drove the lane for two points, and Isaacs scored in transition as the half ended to allow Trail to carry a 26-17 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Isaacs netted 19 points, including 11 in the opening half, and Hanshew scored 16 for the Patriots. Eades tossed in 11, with 10 coming in the first two quarters.
Rozell closed out with a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds to guide the Meadow Bridge effort. Gladwell chipped in 12 points, and only two other Wildcats entered the scoring column with eight total points.
Midland Trail improved its record to 4-1 ahead of an important section battle at Valley last night.
“I’ll take it (Friday’s win),” said Miller. “I’ll take an ugly win any day.”
Oak Hill 27
The Riverside girls doubled up visiting Oak Hill Monday.
The Warriors pulled away after a back-and-forth first quarter.
Riverside (4-7) got 22 points from Jasmine Symns and 10 from Kendall Merrell en route to the victory.
Marcayla King tallied eight for the Red Devils (2-5).
Riverside entertains Spring Valley on Thursday.
Summers County 80
In a girls game, Class A co-No. 6 Summers County jumped out to a 23-8 lead by the end of the first quarter on its way to an 80-46 victory over host Valley on Monday.
Taylor Isaac and Gavin Pivont each scored 22 points, and Erica Merrill had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds, to lead Summers County.
Hannah Foster tallied 21 and Taylor Oden netted 10 for the Greyhounds.
Valley travels to Independence Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Summers County (7-3)
Erica Merrill 21, Bethani Cline 4, Taylor Isaac 22, Gavin Pivont 22, Maggie Stover 4, Heaven Cales 3, Hannah Dudley 2, Destiny Bale 2.
Hannah Foster 21, Kelsey Nickoson 6, Taylor Oden 10, Crystal Coleman 3, Amya Obey 6.
SC: 23 15 18 24 — 80
V: 8 9 13 16 — 46
3-point goals: SC: 6 (Isaac 6); V: 2 (Foster, Coleman). Fouled out: None.
Summers County 59
Summers County survived a 15-0 deficit to start the game by battling back in the second half for a 59-44 victory over the Valley boys on Friday.
Samuel Wykle led the Bobcats with 23 points, including five 3-point goals. Logan Jones added 15 and Nathan Wykle finished with 10.
Adam Falbo had 10 to lead Valley, and Austin Giannini, Jimmy Harper and Quinten DeMello tossed in eight apiece.
Adam Falbo 4-12 1-2 10, Lucca Giannini 2-11 0-0 4, Quinten DeMello 4-9 0-0 8, Jimmy Harper 4-6 0-0 8, Austin Giannini 3-5 2-6 8, Britt Armentrout 2-3 1-2 6, Zach Winter 0-2 0-2 0. Totals: 19-48 4-12 44.
Summers County (5-3)
Sam Wykle 8-19 2-2 23, Levi Jones 5-9 6-9 17, Josh Ward 0-2 0-1 0, Cordell Meadows 1-5 0-1 2, Trent Meador 0-0 5-6 5, Nathaniel Wykle 4-5 1-2 10, Dawson Lemon 0-0 2-2 2. Totals: 18-40 16-23 59.
V: 17 11 9 7 — 44
SC: 11 12 22 14 — 59
3-point goals: V: 2-8 (Falbo 1-2, L.Giannini 0-1, DeMello 0-2, Armentrout 1-2, Winter 0-1), SC: 7-13 (S. Wykle 5-10, Jones 1-2, N. Wykle 1-1).
The Valley girls suffered the loss on the road Wednesday.
Hannah Foster netted 18 points to lead the Greyhounds. Teammate Crystal Coleman chipped in 10. Both had a pair of 3-pointers.
Other scorers were: Kaylee Nickoson, 4; Kelsey Nickoson, 1; Taylor Oden, 5, Kiera Hutchinson, 2; and Mallory Kincaid, 3.
Valley (2-9), who lost to Summers County Monday, will visit Independence Thursday.
Mount View 89
Mount View pulled away in the third overtime to vanquish winless Fayetteville Saturday.
The Pirate boys had plenty of offensive firepower on the night. Hunter Rinehart, playing in his second game this year, fired in nine 3-point goals and scored 29 points to lead the Pirates. In two outings, Rinehart has had 17 3-pointers. Luke Vass netted 23 points and Gabe Mack, playing his first game this season, tallied 21 points.
For Mount View, Brendon Rotenberry scored 21 and Aaron Jackson added 20. Marqus Ray supplied 18 markers.
Pocahontas County 58
Midland Trail 37
On Saturday, the visiting Patriot girls saw a five-game winning streak snapped with the 58-37 setback to the Warriors.
Malerie Hendrick scored 13 points and Jenny Wilson had 10 to lead the attack. Also in the scoring column for Midland Trail (5-3) were: Kyleigh Jackson, 1; Emily Dickerson, 2; Laurel Johnson, 5; and Taylor Harrell, 6.
Midland Trail 56
Meadow Bridge 34
Laurel Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the visiting Midland Trail girls to their fifth straight win Thursday, a 56-34 defeat of host Meadow Bridge.
Midland Trail utilized a 23-7 second-quarter advantage to take control.
Also for Trail (5-2), Malerie Hendrick added eight points, five steals and three assists, Jenny Wilson supplied seven points, nine boards, five assists and four steals, and Meghan Gill had six points and six rebounds.
Karli Pomeroy scored seven to lead Meadow Bridge (3-3).
James Monroe 100
A high-scoring affair broke out in Lindside Thursday night.
Class AA James Monroe built up a large lead through three quarters and gained a 100-86 victory over Fayetteville in boys basketball.
The two teams combined for 29 made 3-point goals (16 for Fayetteville and 13 for James Monroe).
Luke Vass pumped in 32 points, including six treys, to pace the Pirates. Hunter Rinehart, in his first game of the campaign, tallied 28 points on the strength of eight long-range shots.
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