18-3 run pushes ’Cats to victory 64-50


By Matt Sexton - WNJ Sports Writer



BLANCHESTER – A second quarter run Tuesday night gave Blanchester all the cushion it needed against Ripley.

Leading by four with four minutes left in the first half, Blanchester went on an 18-3 run to close the half and cruised to a 64-50 victory over the Blue Jays.

Jordan Stroud got the run started with back-to-back buckets. Chandler Slowey followed with the only three points the Jays scored in the final four minutes, as he converted a three-point play.

The rest of the half was all Blanchester. Nick Hopkins resumed the Wildcat run with a three. Blanchester led 24-16 with 2:35 left in the second quarter.

Alec Richardson knocked down a pair of free throws and a three, with a JD Wiederhold basket in between. Richardson and David Trivett each hit another free throw, followed by a Wiederhold basket to close the 18-3 run.

“We started pretty strong,” BHS head coach Adam Weber said. “Our execution was solid. We were crushing them on the offensive boards.”

Weber said Blanchester had 14 offensive rebounds in the first half. Blanchester also played aggressive defense that didn’t allow the Jays many good looks at the basket.

“I think our rotations defensively were pretty fundamentally sound,” Weber said. “I was pleased about that.”

Blanchester’s goal was to force Ripley to shoot from the outside and not allow shots near the basket. Ripley took just 19 two-point shot attempts compared to 23 three-point attempts.

“We’ve come to a conclusion that penetration is bad,” Weber said. “We’re going to force them to shoot from the outside and if they hit enough to win, then so be it.”

Blanchester led 35-16 at the half. The Wildcats (6-2) led by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter, 60-42. Ripley (1-7) got no closer than 11 in the second half as they failed to mount a serious challenge to the Wildcat lead.

After holding Ripley to 16 first half points, which included 1 of 9 from three and just 17 shot attempts overall, Weber wasn’t pleased his team allowed 34 second-half points on 6 of 14 from three and 13 of 25 overall.

“We got lackadaisical,” Weber said. “Again reiterating a trend that has been bothering me lately is our hunger to be phenomenal defensive team. We’re still a long way off.

“I keep stressing, coming down the stretch in the league, trading buckets with people is going to make it a lot harder than it needs to be. That was a little bit frustrating in the second half.”

Wiederhold was one of three Blanchester players in double figures in scoring with 14 points. Dylan Miller added 13 points, 11 of which came at the free throw line. Richardson knocked down a trifecta of threes on the way to 12 points.

Blanchester did serious damage driving to the basket and getting to the free throw line. Blanchester had 35 free throw attempts to Ripley’s 14. The Wildcats outscored the Blue Jays at the line 24-5.

Slowey led Ripley with 12 points. Josh Deaton added 10 points.

SUMMARY

Dec. 22, 2015

@Blanchester High School

Blanchester 64, Ripley 50

R 07.09.16.18…..50

B 13.22.14.15…..64

(50) RIPLEY (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Laymon Marshall 1-0-0-2, Brian Dunn 0-0-2-2, Zach Adams 2-2-0-6, Dalton Moran 1-0-0-2, Tanner Hatfield 1-1-0-3, Josh Deaton 3-3-1-10, Joseph Holmes 4-1-0-9, Chandler Himes 1-0-0-2, Chandler Slowey 5-0-2-12, Jordan Griffith 1-0-0-2. TOTALS 19-7-5-50.

(64) BLANCHESTER (fg-3fg-ft-tp) David Trivett 0-0-1-1, Alec Richardson 3-3-3-12, Nick Hopkins 2-1-2-7, Quenton Miller 1-0-3-5, Dylan Miller 1-0-11-13, Harbor Lovin 0-0-3-3, Jordan Stroud 4-0-0-8, Nick Grogg 0-0-2-2, JD Wiederhold 7-0-0-14. TOTALS 18-4-24-64.

FIELD GOALS: R 19/42 (Slowey 5/7, Holmes 4/6, Deaton 3/10); B 18/48 (Wiederhold 7/12, Stroud 4/9, Richardson 3/8).

3 POINT FIELD GOALS: R 7/23 (Deaton 3/10, Adams 2/3); B 4/14 (Richardson 3/8)

FREE THROWS: R 5/14; B 24/35 (D. Miller 11/14, Richardson 3/6, Q. Miller 3/5, Lovin 3/4)

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By Matt Sexton

WNJ Sports Writer

Follow Matt on Twitter @mattsports.

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