HUNTINGBURG — It’s an old adage in sports that once the postseason begins, all teams start over with 0-0 records.
That adage turned into a prophecy for the Washington Hatchets on Wednesday at Southridge.
Washington cooled off the hot host Raiders, ending Southridge’s 11-game winning streak with a 41-35 win in Sectional 31 action.
Washington (7-14) got several big performances in downing Class 3A No. 11 Southridge (17-5). Collectively, the Hatchets dominated the game on the defensive end of the floor, where the Raiders shot 4-22 from behind the 3-point arc.
Though Southridge did pull down 12 offensive rebounds, the Raiders were rarely able to convert those into points against a scrappy Hatchet squad. Hatchet coach Gene Miiller, who pumped his fist to add an exclamation point to Connor Brown’s conventional 3-point play late in the contest that helped seal the win, was happy after the win.
“The kids played well. Defensively we executed really well and stuck with the game plan,” said Miiller. “I can’t be more pleased with the way that we played today.”
The Hatchets were much better from the line, connecting seven times from long distance. Brown continued his hot shooting of late, scoring 12 points, including a trio of three’s, while Colton Garland also added 12 points on 4-4 shooting from the line and a pair of trey’s plus a 2-point basket. Matthew Stephens added 11 points, including two big free throws to hold the Raiders at bay late in the contest. Jacob Overton added six points and seven rebounds, while Austin Ghirardelli didn’t score in the game but provided key floor play, particularly handling the ball against the Southridge pressure defense in the fourth quarter. Jake Bedwell provided solid defense and pulled down two rebounds.
Washington took control of the game in the third quarter, turning a two-point halftime lead into an eight-point, 29-21 lead after three quarters. The Hatchet lead hovered above the double digit mark for most of the fourth quarter. Connor Craig and Cody Thompson topped the Raiders with 11 points each.