EBER — Wilmington struggled offensively in the second half Tuesday of a 52-37 loss to Miami Trace in a battle of former South Central Ohio League rivals.
There were five lead changes in the first quarter. After eight minutes of action, Miami Trace led, 10-7.
Both teams had their best offensive output of the game in the second quarter. Wilmington scored 17 points to 16 for Miami Trace. At the halftime break, it was Miami Trace in front, 26-24.
But in the second half, Wilmington’s offense struggled, scoring just six points in the third and seven in the fourth.
Miami Trace was slightly better, scoring 14 in the third and 12 in the second, and maintained a comfortable margin.
The two teams are heading in opposite directions on the year.
Wilmington has lost three straight and is now 6-5.
Miami Trace has won four in a row after a 1-9 start to the season.
The 37 points is a season low for the Hurricane.
Miami Trace junior Andrew Guthrie turned in a double-double, with 10 rebounds and 18 points to top all scorers.
Senior Collin Barker led the Hurricane with 15 points, including one three-point field goal.
The difference came, at least in part, at the free throw line, where the Panthers made 14 of 25 throws for 56 percent to 1 of 2 for Wilmington for 50 percent.
The Hurricane took a brief 30-28 lead with 4:16 to play in the third quarter. The Panthers went on a 10-2 run to close out the third quarter with a 40-30 advantage. Miami Trace was in front from between nine points to 13 points in the fourth quarter before closing out the game with a 15-point win.
January 11, 2022
@Miami Trace High School
Miami Trace 52, Wilmington 37
MIAMI TRACE — Hayden Hunter 1 (1)-0-5; Eli Fliehman 3 (2)-1-13; Garrett Guess 2-1-5; Bryson Osborne 1 (1)-3-8; Austin Boedeker 0-3-3; Bryson Sheets 0-0-0; Andrew Guthrie 6-6-18. TOTALS — 13 (4)-14-52. Free throw shooting: 14 of 25 for 56 percent. Three-point field goals: Fliehman, 2; Hunter, Osborne. Field goal shooting: 17 of 42 for 40 percent. Three-point field goals: 4 of 13 for 31 percent. Rebounds: 31 (6 offensive). Turnovers: 13. Assists: 13. Steals: 4. Blocked shots: 3. Fouls: 10.
WILMINGTON — Luke Blessing 1 (1)-0-5; Avery Warix 0-0-0; Mike Brown 1-0-2; Kellen Baltazar 0 (2)-1-7; Tanner Killen 1-0-2; Logan Camp 0-0-0; Cole Bernhardt 0-0-0; Collin Barker 6 (1)-0-15; Shane Griffith 3-0-6; Alec Lazic 0-0-0. TOTALS — 12 (4)-1-37. Free throw shooting: 1 of 2 for 50 percent. Three-point field goals: Baltazar, 2; Blessing, Barker. Field goal shooting: 16 of 58 for 28 percent. Three-point field goal shooting: 4 of 25 for 16 percent. Turnovers: 12. Offensive rebounds: 10.
Wilmington wins j-v game with Miami Trace
In the junior-varsity game Tuesday, Wilmington defeated Miami Trace, 39-29.
Bryson Platt led Wilmington with 12 points. He connected on two three-point field goals.
Brady Armstrong led the game for Miami Trace with 13 points. He had two three-point buckets.