GEORGETOWN — On senior night, Brian Grant gymnasium was rocking late in the third quarter Friday night.
The G-Men were in the midst of a 16-4 run and appeared ready to take control of the game.
Blanchester found its game just in time, going on a 15-3 run to take a lead it would not relinquish in a 56-51 win over Georgetown.
“I’m just very pleased and proud that they came out here and never quit fighting,” BHS head coach Adam Weber said. “I’m so happy for them.”
The run gave Blanchester a 46-41 lead with 6:11 remaining. Georgetown would cut the deficit to one when Solomon Underwood hit two free throws with 2:01 remaining.
The Wildcats, which had struggled at the line over the first three quarters (5 of 16), found its stroke at the charity stripe when it mattered.
Nick Hopkins was first to the line with 1:12 remaining. He made both to give Blanchester a three-point lead.
“Nick Hopkins hitting those two free throws … that was the game changer,” Weber said. “He misses even one of those, if they come down and do anything at all, that changes the game. He stepped up like a senior and iced it.”
After a missed three by Georgetown, Quenton Miller stepped up and drained a pair of free throws. Another missed three by the G-Men was followed by two Jordan Stroud free throws with 30.8 remaining to put the game away.
Blanchester made 12 of 14 from the free throw line in the fourth. The Wildcats also dominated the glass in the second half, outrebounding Georgetown 25-14 overall and 11-5 in offensive rebounds.
Dylan Miller and Quenton Miller each had 16 points to lead the Wildcats. Nine of Quenton Miller’s 16 came in the fourth.
JD Wiederhold had five points and 10 rebounds while Jordan Stroud had 10 points and eight rebounds, including four huge defensive rebounds late.
“Jordy wasn’t having a great offensive game, but he pulled down four defensive rebounds that were the difference in the game,” Weber said.
Jonny Strickland led Georgetown (5-16 overall, 4-6 SBC) with 12 points.
Blanchester (11-10, 5-5) will play 3:15 p.m. Saturday at home in the SBC crossover game against Batavia. The Bulldogs beat Blanchester 57-51 earlier this season in Batavia.
“I think (Friday’s) game will help us,” Weber said. “At Batavia, we had a chance to win that game. Right now we’ve got two nice wins in a row and I think it will help us (Saturday) if we come for a physical battle.”
@Georgetown High School
February 17, 2017
Blanchester 56, Georgetown 51
(56) BLANCHESTER (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Nick Hopkins 1-0-2-4, Quenton Miller 5-2-4-16, Dylan Miller 6-1-3-16, Jacob Burden 1-0-1-3, Harbor Lovin 1-0-0-2, Jordan Stroud 2-0-6-10, JD Wiederhold 2-0-1-5. TOTALS 18-3-17-56.
(51) GEORGETOWN (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Solomon Underwood 1-0-2-4, Christian Linville 1-1-0-3, Luke Gast 1-1-0-3, Cameron Brookbank 1-1-0-3, Logan Doss 2-0-0-4, Levi Burns 3-2-0-8, Jonny Strickland 3-0-6-12, Tanner Ellis 1-0-0-2, Chris Dietrick 2-0-0-4, Noah Pack 3-0-2-8. TOTALS 18-5-10-51.
FIELD GOALS: B 18/55 (D. Miller 6/12, Q. Miller 5/15); G 18/55 (Burns 3/8, Strickland 3/7, Pack 3/7)
3 POINT FIELD GOALS: B 3/15 (Q. Miller 2/6); G 5/28 (Burns 2/7)
FREE THROWS: B 17/30 (Stroud 6/11, Q. Miller 4/4); G 10/12 (Strickland 6/6)
REBOUNDS: B 48 (Wiederhold 10, Stroud 8, Q. Miller 7, Hopkins 6, D. Miller 5); G 35 (Pack 10, Doss 5, Gast 4, Strickland 4)
ASSISTS: B 7 (D. Miller 3); G 9 (Brookbank 2, Strickland 2, Pack 2)
STEALS: B 10 (Stroud 4, D. Miller 4); G 6 (Brookbank 2, Strickland 2)
BLOCKED SHOTS: B 2; G 3
TURNOVERS: B 17; G 17
Matt Sexton covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @bymattsexton