WASHINGTON — What a difference a half makes.
Lighthouse Christian (7-9) couldn't miss in the first half, but Washington Catholic (4-10) bounced back for a 67-62 win over the Lions Saturday night at the Bird Cage on Homecoming night behind 17 points apiece from Ethan Wichman and AJ Sellers.
Riding high after the annual Homecoming pregame festivities, the Cardinals didn't have quite the first half they were looking for against a Lighthouse Christian team they had beaten 58-49 in the season opener on Nov. 25. The Lions took advantage by making seven 3-pointers in the first quarter to jump out to a 21-12 lead.
The second quarter brought two more 3-pointers, which helped the Lions push the lead to 32-16, but Washington Catholic fought back to cut the deficit to 35-24 at halftime. The Lions shot 9-of-13 from behind the three-point line in the first half and 59 percent overall in the first 16 minutes.
"They shot the ball extremely well," said Washington Catholic coach John Howell. "I thought if we could have it down to 10 at half that we would be in the game."
Coming out of halftime, the Cardinals seemed to have a renewed intensity on both ends of the floor and it showed. Washington Catholic won the third quarter by a 19-8 margin to tie the game at 43 heading into the fourth quarter. Wichman connected on two 3-pointers in that third quarter to score six points and Armando Ramirez matched Wichman's point total with three buckets in the paint.
"We came out and had a nice third quarter and the tides kind of turned a little bit," Howell said. "We switched to man and didn't let No. 4 (Bray Snyder) get some touches, they missed some shots and on the other end we hit some shots. It kind of flipped flopped."