BHS pulls away from WHS in 4th 77-59


By Bill Liermann - WNJ Sports Writer



Alec Richardson by Kira Kidd


Alec Richardson by Kira Kidd


Cam Carroll by Kira Kidd


Dylan Miller by Kira Kidd


Dylan Miller by Kira Kidd


Dylan Miller by Kira Kidd


Nick Grogg by Kira Kidd


Harbor Lovin by Kira Kidd


Harbor Lovin by Kira Kidd


Nick Hopkins and Dylan Miller by Kira Kidd


Nick Hopkins by Kira Kidd


JD Wiederhold to Nick Hopkins by Kira Kidd


Quenton Miller, Harbor Lovin and Nick Hopkins by Kira Kidd


Quenton Miller by Kira Kidd


Jordan Stroud by Kira Kidd


Jordan Stroud by Kira Kidd


Jordan Stroud by Kira Kidd


Jordan Stroud by Kira Kidd


BLANCHESTER — Breaking open a tight ballgame with a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter, the Blanchester Wildcats (13-5) defeated Whiteoak (4-16), 77-59, Monday night at Blanchester High School.

Blanchester has one final home game remaining, Friday night against the Bethel-Tate Tigers.

Whiteoak grabbed a 14-12 first quarter lead thanks to an 8-0 run to start the game. Blanchester won the second quarter battle, 19-14, taking a 31-28 lead at the intermission.

The third quarter saw the teams trade the lead back and forth several times, battling to a 25-25 standoff, making it 56-53 BHS after three.

Dylan Miller connected on a pair of treys helping fuel Blan’s 13-2 run as they extended the margin to 14 points, 69-55, in the final period.

Whiteoak was held to just six points in the fourth, an all-too-familiar pattern for WHS head coach Jeremy McGraw.

“It has been that kind of a year for us. We play well and score real well for three quarters but many times, our shots won’t fall and it seems like the fourth quarter has been like this,” said McGraw, an East Clinton High School graduate. “Defensively, when we needed a stop. we just did not get it. Blanchester is so strong and athletic. We just could not stay with them and gave up way too many baskets in the transition game.”

In a losing cause, Brandon Ashbaugh led the Whiteoak scoring attack with 18 points. Sophomore Chase Carraher had 16, including 12 in the third period.

Blanchester placed four players in double figures, led by Miller’s 17. Alec Richardsom followed with 16, including 14 in the middle two periods.

Non-starters Harbor Lovin and Cam Carroll added 13 each. Carroll provided instant offense for his team with nine second quarter points.

“Cam gave us a real spark coming off the bench in that second quarter,” said BHS coach Adam Weber. “He has really stepped up for us recently. I also want to credit Whiteoak for playing us very tough. They had good execution and we had to reach back for something extra to break the game open in that final period. As a team, I thought we had good balance tonight and a lot of players helped contribute.”

The Wildcats had nine different players in the scorebook, with 28 points coming from non-starters.

SUMMARY

Feb 8, 2016

@Blanchester High School

Blanchester 77 Whiteoak 59

W 14.14.25.06…..59

B 12.19.25.21…..77

(59) WHITEOAK (2fg-3fg-ft-tp) Ashbaugh 6-2-0-18, Carraher 4-2-2-16, Burns 1-0-11, Marler 1-0-2-4, Yeager 0-0-1-1, Martin 1-0-0-2, Wissel 1-0-0-2, McClure 0-1-0-3, Crowe 0-0-2-2. TOTALS 14-8-7-59.

(77) BLANCHESTER (2fg-3fg-ft-tp) Richardson 5-2-0-16, D. Miller 1-5-0-17, Grogg 1-0-0-2, Wiederhold 1-0-0-2, Q. Miller 2-0-0-4, Carroll 1-1-8-13, Lovin 5-0-3-13, Stroud 1-0-0-2, Hopkins 2-1-1-8. TOTALS 19-9-12-77.

Alec Richardson by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_alec_wo.jpgAlec Richardson by Kira Kidd

Alec Richardson by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_alec2_wo.jpgAlec Richardson by Kira Kidd

Cam Carroll by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_camcarroll_wo.jpgCam Carroll by Kira Kidd

Dylan Miller by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_dmiller_wo.jpgDylan Miller by Kira Kidd

Dylan Miller by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_dmiller2_wo.jpgDylan Miller by Kira Kidd

Dylan Miller by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_dmiller3_wo.jpgDylan Miller by Kira Kidd

Nick Grogg by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_grogg_wo.jpgNick Grogg by Kira Kidd

Harbor Lovin by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_hlovin_wo.jpgHarbor Lovin by Kira Kidd

Harbor Lovin by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_hlovin2_wo.jpgHarbor Lovin by Kira Kidd

Nick Hopkins and Dylan Miller by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_hopkins_dmiller_wo.jpgNick Hopkins and Dylan Miller by Kira Kidd

Nick Hopkins by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_hopkins_wo.jpgNick Hopkins by Kira Kidd

JD Wiederhold to Nick Hopkins by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_jd2hopkins_wo.jpgJD Wiederhold to Nick Hopkins by Kira Kidd

Quenton Miller, Harbor Lovin and Nick Hopkins by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_qmiller_lovin_hopkins_wo.jpgQuenton Miller, Harbor Lovin and Nick Hopkins by Kira Kidd

Quenton Miller by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_qmiller_wo.jpgQuenton Miller by Kira Kidd

Jordan Stroud by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_stroud_wo.jpgJordan Stroud by Kira Kidd

Jordan Stroud by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_stroud2_wo.jpgJordan Stroud by Kira Kidd

Jordan Stroud by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_stroud3_wo.jpgJordan Stroud by Kira Kidd

Jordan Stroud by Kira Kidd
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_BBK_blan_stroud4_wo.jpgJordan Stroud by Kira Kidd

By Bill Liermann

WNJ Sports Writer

Bill covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @learjet.

Bill covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @learjet.

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