Washington easily outdistanced Tecumseh in the first contest between the two schools as Pocket Athletic Conference foes in a 57-33 Hatchet win at the Hatchet House on Tuesday.
In perhaps its most complete performance of the season, Washington (6-11, 3-5) led Tecumseh (7-11, 1-8) in every key statistical category, leaving coach Gene Miiller pleased as tourney time beckons next week.
“I thought we came out and did a good defensively throughout the ball game,” said Miiller. “Defensively they change defenses a lot, so we talked about just going and playing basketball and finding those spots, cut into them and move the basketball. I thought we did a nice job of attacking tonight.”
Washington shot 48 percent (22-46) from the field compared to 12-42 (29 percent) for the Braves. Washington outrebounded Tecumseh 25-24 and committed just eight turnovers compared to 15 Braves miscues. Miiller was particularly impressed with how his squad shared the basketball.
“We had 17 assists and only eight turnovers, so that’s over a 2-1 ratio, that’s moving the basketball well,” said Miiller. “We got a lot of good shots.”
Trey Reed led WHS with 24 points including 16 in the first half. Washington led 20-4 after one quarter and 33-13 at halftime. Logan Riester added 20 points, followed by six from Zach Gray on the strength of two first quarter 3-pointers. Joah Horrall added five points and Owen Gray scored two points. The Hatchets led 46-23 after three quarters of action.
Miiller praised the Gray twins for their defense in the halfcourt Hatchet zone defense. Washington utilized its full court press for much of the night, and the cumulative effect of the Hatchet defense was to hold the Braves to 20 ppg below their season scoring average of 52.9 ppg.
“I thought Owen at the top of zone got his hands on a lot of basketballs, and Zach did too,” said Miiller. “I thought defensively we moved our feet well and we were doing what we wanted to do at the defensive end of the floor. I was really pleased with the defensive effort. They have some kids that can shoot.”
Zachary Kolley led the Braves with 10 points, followed by eight points each from Nick Gallagher and Tanner Toopes.
Washington dominated the JV contest 55-26. Zach Mann led the way with 13 points, followed by Brycen Neidigh and Olsen Kroeger with eight points apiece and seven points from Xavier Frank. Jameson Dwyer and Nicholas Sandullo added five points apiece, followed by three points from Jayden Meredith. Wyatt Owens, Tyler Boyd, and Peyton Miles added two points each.
Washington returns to action on Friday when the Hatchets host Mt. Vernon