ADAMS TOWNSHIP – Waynesville High School put a damper on Senior Night festivities for Clinton-Massie High School Saturday night, as the visiting Spartans posted a 62-54 win over the Falcons in non-league basketball action.
Waynesville built a 29-17 lead at halftime and extended the margin to 42-31 after three quarters of play. Massie claimed the fourth quarter by a 23-20 margin, but fell by eight points.
Although he did not directly blame fatigue as being the main culprit on his teams’ performance, C-M head coach Dustin Eads felt it was a contributing factor. His frustration was evident in his post-game analysis and remarks.
“Right now, we’re just very tired and the kids have been playing a lot of games in a short period of time. We had a tough one Friday night at East Clinton and tonight we just did not seem to have the energy we needed to have. We made a lot of mental mistakes out there (17 turnovers). But, no matter the situation we’ve got to find a way to get back on track,” he said.
The loss drops the Falcons to 5-13 overall while the Spartans improved to 6-13 on the season.
Waynesville placed four starters in double figures, with Griffin Cook leading the way with 15. Micah Schenking followed with 13, Logan Fruhwirth added 11 (including a trio of three pointers) and Chase Strueing added 10 points for the Spartans.
For Clinton-Massie, Noah Greathouse had 14 points (including three fourth quarter treys) and Nick Chowning added 13. He scored points in each quarter and added a pair of three-pointers.
The loss of Trey Uetrecht, who sustained an ankle injury and left the game in the first half, was a key setback as he managed just two points in limited playing time.
Forced to juggle the line-up, Eads called on Daulton Wolfe and the freshman stepped up in a big way, scoring eight second half points, and giving his team a definite spark.
“Daulton really played with a lot of enthusiasm and gave us a real lift. He made an impact and we need that right now. I’m disappointed we could not send the seniors out with a win on our home floor.”
Seniors Bryce Boyd, Jared Raleigh and Hunter Fentress were installed in the starting line-up. They and the Falcons’ winter sports participants were recognized in ceremonies between the junior varsity and varsity contest.
Fentress suited up for one play, a ceremonial center jump, and he was removed from the game immediately.
Boyd added a first quarter field goal and Raleigh knocked down a trey from the left-wing, for the Falcons’ final three points of the contest.
Massie goes to McClain for a South Central Ohio League make-up league game on Monday night.
Feb 6, 2016
@Lebanon Road Gym
Waynesville 62 Clinton-Massie 54
(62) WAYNESVILLE (2fg-3fg-ft-tp) Leis 1-0-3-5, Price 3-0-1-7, Cook 2-2-5-15, Clark 0-0-1-1, Schenking 5-0-3-13, Fruhwirth 1-3-0-11, Strueing 5-0-0-10. Team Totals: 17-5-13-62.
(54) CLINTON-MASSIE (2fg-3fg-ft-tp) LeForge 1-1-0-5, Greathouse 1-4-0-14, Uetrecht 1-0-0-2, Demler 0-0-1-1, Boyd 1-0-0-2, Myers 2-0-2-6, Wolfe 1-2-0-8, Raleigh 0-1-0-3, Chowning 1-3-2-13. Team Totals 8-11-5-54.
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