Panthers topple short-handed Falcons

By Blake Haley - WNJ Sports Writer

MORROW — Points were hard to come by for Clinton-Massie on Friday night.

Playing without leading scorer Trey Uetrecht, the Falcons fell to Little Miami, 57-40, on Senior Night for the Panthers. Little Miami had six players score at least six points paced by Austin Hinds and Alex Johnson with 12 apiece.

Clinton-Massie was able to hang tough early as Nick Chowning picked up the scoring slack, hitting 4 of his first 5 shots, including 2 treys.

The 13-10 lead the Falcons had after one quarter vanished after a 6-point second frame, resulting in a 29-19 CM halftime deficit. Little Miami’s defense hounded the visitors into 12 first half turnovers, 17 in the game.

Up by 12 points early in the third quarter, LM went cold and Thomas Myers helped Clinton-Massie capitalize. The 6-4 frosh scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in the quarter as CM clawed back to within 33-27. However, Ben Washburn drained a corner 3 at the horn to extend Little Miami’s lead back to 9 entering the fourth.

Clinton-Massie pulled to within 8 points a handful of times in the final quarter, the last time at the 3:11 mark when a Bailey LeForge trey made it 46-38. Again it was too much LM depth as Cole Christman scored 6 points down the stretch to compliment 8 from Johnson as the Panthers closed on an 11-2 run.

Johnson paced LM with 12 points and 8 rebounds while Hinds had 12 points and 6 boards. Washburn finished with 9 points on 3 treys, Christman tallied 8 points and 5 boards, and the duo of Daniel Moore and Colton Metz scored 6 points each.

Only four Falcons reached the scoring column, led by Noah Greathouse with 13 points. Chowning finished with 12 points, all in the first half, while Myers posted 10 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. LeForge scored all five of his points in the final quarter.

By Blake Haley

WNJ Sports Writer

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