By Mike Myers Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald
---- — Denied an opportunity to win in regulation, the Washington Hatchets left nothing to chance in overtime at the Hatchet House on Friday.
Washington (4-10, 1-3) controlled the overtime period from start to finish to claim a 62-57 Big 8 Conference win over Boonville (0-14, 0-6)
After mounting a furious fourth quarter comeback, the Hatchets looked like they would get an opportunity to win in regulation when Boonville’s Ryan Nance missed a shot in the final seconds that was rebounded by Washington’s Jake Bedwell. Boonville was called for an over the back foul on the play which Hatchet fans thought occurred before the final buzzer sounded, but after conferring, the game officials ruled that was not the case, denying Bedwell free throws and sending the game to overtime tied at 50-50.
Washington struck first in the extra session on a free throw by Colton Garland, then got a big 3-pointer from Connor Brown to forge a 54-50 lead.
From there the Hatchets finished off the Pioneers from the foul line, hitting on 8-13 from the stripe the rest of the way. Freshman Jacob Overton, who led the Hatchets with 17 points, was 4-4 from the stripe in the extra period.
Overton was one of four players in double figures for WHS, followed by 15 points from Matthew Stephens. Colton Garland added 12 points, including eight in the fourth quarter when the Hatchets fought back from a 37-31 deficit after three quarters of action. Brown added 11 points, followed by five from Jake Bedwell. Overton led the Hatchets off the glass with eight rebounds, followed by seven from Bedwell. Austin Ghirardelli didn’t score but spent most of the night defending Boonville’s top scorer, Justin Beard, who led the visitors with 23 points.
“It was good to see us hang in there and make some good plays down the stretch when we were in trouble and send it into overtime,” said Washington coach Gene Miiller. “In overtime, then we just kind of took control of the game right from the start.”
Washington started the contest slowly but picked things up in the second quarter. Boonville led 10-5 after one quarter as the Hatchets hit just two field goal attempts and turned the ball over five times in the opening eight minutes, which also found Washington’s Colton Garland and Conner Brown with two fouls apiece.
But the second quarter was kinder to the home team. WHS hit on 5- 12 from the field and didn’t commit a turnover compared to four miscues for the Pioneers, who had 10 turnovers at the half. Stephens scored seven of his nine first half points in in the second quarter, while Overton added six points as the Hatchets carried an 18-16 lead into the locker room.
Washington claimed the reserve contest 62-19. Timber Shelton led the Hatchets with 14 points, followed by 13 from Carson Smith and 10 from Luke Raymond.
The Hatchets travel to Vincennes Lincoln on Friday.