Hatchet fans saw somewhat of a different team on Friday. Sophomore Carson Smith got the start at guard and led WHS with 11 points, followed by nine points from freshman Jacob Overton off the bench. Sophomore Jake Bedwell added two points and six rebounds for the Hatchets, and all three players drew praise from Miiller.
“I thought after the first quarter we started playing a little harder, playing a little scrappier,” said Miiller. “I think some young kids grew up tonight and showed that they can play at this level.
“I thought Carson played well for us tonight, he got after it. I thought Overton came in and got his hands on a lot of ball. He blocked three or four shots, he got some steals, he got some deflections on some others,” said Miiller. “I thought Bedwell played really hard, he really did some things for us and rebounded the ball. We’ve got to have more effort out of guys, and I thought those guys, and I’m probably forgetting some guys, but those three really came out and played hard and gave us some intensity.”
Jacob Stauber led Mater Dei with 14 points, followed by 12 from Martin.
Colton Garland added eight points, followed by four from Matthew Stephens. Tyler Stoll, Jake Bedwell, Matthew Sparks, and Andy Garland added two points each. Stoll finished with six boards for the Hatchets.
Washington won the JV contest 42-39. Connor Brown topped the Hatchets with 11 points, followed by nine apiece from Sparks and Overton.
The Hatchets travel to Heritage Hills tonight.