The Washington Times-Herald


December 20, 2013

Washington falls to Bosse

WASHINGTON — Washington went toe to toe with one of the state’s best Class 3A basketball teams and held its own for four quarters but in the end Evansville Bosse proved to be too much for the home team as the Bulldogs left the Hatchet House with a 52-46 win on Friday.

Class 3A No. 11 Bosse (2-1) took the lead early in the second quarter but could never quite shake a tenacious Washington (1-3) team. In fact, the Hatchets had multiple chances in the final 1:00 of action to cut into a four-point Bosse lead but were unable to get closer than 50-46.

Against the athletic Bulldogs and their pressure defense, the Hatchets committed just eight turnovers on the night, something which pleased Washington coach Gene Miiller despite the loss.

“I thought we played pretty well at times, I thought we did some things we wanted to do,” said Miiller. “ We controlled the tempo for the most part, we only had eight turnovers for the game. I thought we did a nice job there against their pressure.

“We had a chance. You go play against a team like this, you want to have a chance, and we had a chance down the stretch,” said Miiller. “We missed some free throws, we missed some open shots that, if you want to win ballgames, you have to hit.”

Washington trailed 26-21 at halftime after the two teams were tied 15-15 after eight minutes of action. Andy Garland netted 10 points in the first half for WHS, which shot 9-21 in the first half compared to 10-27 for Bosse. But 11 times the Bulldogs rebounded their own missed shots, and Bosse converted several of those second chance opportunities. At the half, the Hatchets had pulled down just two defensive rebounds.

Though the Hatchets nearly rebounded evenly with Bosse in the second half (11-9 Bulldog advantage) the big first half rebounding deficit (21-7 in favor of Bosse) hurt the Hatchets.

“That’s where they took the lead, we just didn’t keep them off the boards in the first half. As I told them at halftime, ‘Everybody we play is going to be bigger than us, and maybe more athletic than us,’” said Miiller. “We just have to get our butt into people and block out, be more physical blocking out.”

Colton Garland led WHS with 12 points, followed by 11 from Andy Garland and 10 from Tyler Stoll. Jarrod Purdue added six for the Hatchets, followed by five from Matthew Stephens and two from Jake Bedwell. Andy Garland led the Hatchets with five rebounds.

Washington did a good job on Bosse’s top scorers, Bo Burkhart (eight points) and Perry Fairrow (16 points), who were averaging over 20 points apiece coming into the game. But Bryson Johnson had his best offensive outing of the young season with 15 points to hurt the Hatchet cause.

Bosse claimed the JV contest 48-32. Jacob Overton led the Hatchets with eight points, followed by seven from Carson Smith and five from Clay Walker.

The Hatchet return home tonight to face Loogootee.

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