Hatchets win

Washington's Tyler Zeller goes up with a shot in the second half on Friday---Photo by Mike Myers.

The Washington Time Herald

BOONVILLE — The Washington Hatchets are primed for Wednesday’s Big 8 Conference showdown with Vincennes Lincoln at the Hatchet House after chopping up the Boonville Pioneers 88-48 on Friday.

Class 3A No. 11 Washington (11-3, 4-0) will host No. 10 Vincennes (10-6, 4-0) with at least a share of the conference title on the line. Both teams still have to face Mt. Carmel in February, but Wednesday’s winner can do no worse than tie for the crown.

But first the Hatchets had to get by Boonville (2-13, 1-5), and the Pioneers made the homecoming crowd happy for at least one quarter, taking a 12-11 lead over the Hatchets after eight minutes of play. However, the Hatchets’ size advantage with 6-10 senior forward Bryan Bouchie and 6-11 junior center Tyler Zeller soon dominated the much smaller Pioneers.

Bouchie seemingly scored every way a big man can — on low post moves around and through double and triple teams, off offensive rebounds, and even on an impressive drive through the lane from the free throw line for a layup in the third quarter. Bouchie had 18 points at halftime and finished with a career high 30 markers to go with 15 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Zeller added eight rebounds and 20 points, including 14 points in the first half, which saw WHS take a 37-22 lead into the locker room at the half. Washington’s lead would continue to grow throughout the second half, reaching as many as 41 points in the game’s waning seconds.

“It was a nice win. We got off to a little slow start, but in the second quarter we got our running game going, we started pounding it inside. And we played better defensively in the second quarter than in the first,” said Hatchet coach Gene Miiller. “From then on I thought it was our ballgame. Everybody that came in played well, played aggressively, and we did a nice job of moving the basketball.”

Senior forward Ross Wade reached double figures for the third straight game, hitting three 3-pointers on the way to 15 points. Senior guard Andrew Obaseki didn’t score but dished out eight assists and jump started the Hatchet break with four steals.

The Hatchets shot over 60 percent from the field, outrebounded Boonville 39-19, and held the Pioneers to 36 percent shooting. Miiller was able to clear his bench, with eight Hatchets making it into the scoring column. Senior Tanner Wildridge added nine points off the bench.

Washington now prepares for Vincennes, a team the Hatchets split with in two meetings last season.

“It’s a big ballgame. You can’t hide it. It’s a big ballgame for us, it’s a big ballgame for them,” said Miiller. “We’ve just to come out and play well at both ends of the floor and do all the little things it takes to win. It will be a good test to see where we’re at this time of year.”

Washington also claimed the reserve game 47-31. Seth Coy topped the Hatchets with 15 points, followed by Cody Osmon with 11.

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