By Mike Myers
For the Washington Hatchets on Friday, it was Mr. Outside and Mr. Inside.
But for the Princeton Tigers, it must have seemed like Colton Garland and Cullen Arnold where everywhere.
Garland, the Hatchets’ freshman guard, scored 22 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Arnold, Washington’s senior center, did his damage inside to the tune of 21 points as rapidly improving Washington (5-8, 1-2) defeated Princeton (7-7, 1-3) 57-45 on homecoming at the Hatchet House.
Arnold added 14 rebounds to the winning effort, while Garland, who was 9-12 from the field, dished out a pair of assists. It was the right combination for coach Gene Miiller’s squad, who will take a two-game winning streak into tonight’s contest at Pike Central.
“That was a really good combination for us tonight. Colton just gets better and better every game for us, really everyday in practice. And Cullen was very aggressive for us tonight,” said Miiller. “We just have to get both of those guys being aggressive for us at the same time.”
Washington took control of the contest in the third quarter, using a 16-4 run to turn a 27-25 game into a 43-29 contest heading into the fourth quarter. Arnold and Garland did the damage exclusively during that run, with Arnold netting six points and Garland scoring eight points. The Hatchets hit 9-10 shots from the field in the third quarter, with guard Jarrod Purdue adding a 3-pointer during the stanza as well. Purdue finished with eight points for WHS.
But Miiller was pleased with his entire squad on this evening when the Hatchets shot 62 percent from the field and 91 percent (10-11) from the foul line. Andy Garland added six points and three assists for the Hatchets, while Tyler Stoll handed out three assists and provided solid defense. Jake Brashear contributed solid play off the bench while spelling Arnold, who battled foul trouble throughout the game.
“I really thought everybody played well for us tonight. I thought it was our best ballgame of the season to this point, where we maintained or intensity, our concentration throughout the ballgame,” said Miiller. “That’s what we’ve got to have in order to be a good basketball team. The last two weeks we’ve really gotten better everyday in practice and continue to do so.”
Washington started got out of the gate fast, outscoring Princeton 10-2 in the game’s first 4:30 and forcing Tiger coach Ryan Haywood to call timeout. But Princeton rebounded, out pointing the Hatchets 8-2 to trim the WHS margin to four at 14-10 at the end of one quarter. Princeton then proceeded to win the second quarter 12-5 to forge a 20-19 halftime lead.
Will Niederhuas led the Tigers with 20 points.
Washington claimed the JV contest 35-25. Matthew Sparks led WHS with nine points, followed by eight apiece from Luke Raymond, Carson Smith, and Jake Bedwell.
Princeton 10 10 9 16-45
Washington 14 5 24 14-57
Michael Kermode 1 0-0 3, Jayson Jamerson 1 2-2 4, Will Niederhuas 7 4-4 20, Kreig McRoberts 0 1-4 1, Jarrett Hardiman 2 0-0 4, Colton Wilder 2 0-1 4, Tyler Holder 2 1-2 5, Kinzer Havill 2 0-1 4.
Totals: 17 8-13 45
Jarrod Purdue 2 2-2 8, Colton Garland 9 2-2 22, Andy Garland 2 2-2 6, Cullen Arnold 8 5-5 21.
Totals: 21 10-11 57
3-point goals: P 3 (W. Niederhuas, Kermode) W 5 (C. Garland 2, Purdue 2, A. Garland)
Junior Varsity: Washington, 35-25.