Hundred Hurries Across Meadow Bridge
When you have to be the best you must beat the best and Friday night the Hundred Hornets faced last season’s best Meadow Bridge in this season’s H.I.T. First round. With the help of Cody Soles and Travis Norris who combined to score 37 of the Hornets 49-points to defeat Meadow Bridge Wildcats, 49-37 Jan. 24 inside a well paced Hornets Nest.
Soles stole the show early as he pick-pocketed a Meadow Bridge defender and went uncontested for the games first points. He and Norris would go on to score the teams 12 of the Hornets 14-first quarter points, that included a long range bonus bomb each to grab a 14-12 lead.
Aaron Stephens drained a nifty cross-over for the second period first points. However, it took both teams half the period before any other points were scored. After a pair of Soles freebies at the charity stripe, Meadow Bridge drained its first basket from beyond the arch to force a Hundred time-out to talk it over. However, the visitors once more swished a 3-pointer to tie the game at 18-18. Norris and Soles combined for 5-more points, while Meadow Bridge sank their third triple of the period, but it was Aaron Stephens nice kiss off the glass to give Hundred a 23=21 first half lead.
The Hornets showed the defending H.I.T. Division-2 Champs they were nobodies patsies and doubled up the Wildcats 12-6 with a little help from Adam Stephens triple to start the third period to grab a 35-27 lead with 8-minutes remaining in the game.
Soles started the final period, the same way they started the game with a steal and a lay-in to give the Hornets a double-digit lead. His partner in crime, Logan Norris would quiet the Wildcat faithful with an eight fourth quarter points, including 6-free throws that nailed the coffin shut and helped push the team record to 9-3.
He paced the Hornets with a double-double with 15-points and 10-rebounds, while Soles led-all scorers with a 22-points night that included a triple. He also added 8-rebounds, 6-steals and 5-blocks, while Aaron Stephens accounted for 6-points. Adam Stephens drained a 3-ball, while Hostutler and Martin Baker added a deuce and a free-throw, respectively.
Conner Mullins paced the Wildcats with 12-points, all from beyond the arch.
Soles Nets 35-points In 72-65 Win
Down one point at the break, the Hornets would go on a 31-13 run, and then hold-off a fourth quarter Beallsville rally to grab a 72-65 victory Jan. 21 inside the Devils Den in boys high school basketball action.
Hundred took a 10-8 lead after one period of play thanks in-part to Aaron Stephens 6-points, but Beallsville would out-score the Hornets 14-11 in the second stanza to grab a one point half time lead. The Stephens twins Aaron and Adam along with Cody Soles each tallied 3-points in the period.
Soles had a period to remember in the third frame, scoring 19 of the Hornets 31points, including four treys to help Hundred take a commanding 52-35 lead with eight minutes remaining.
However, the Devils gained the momentum back and out-scored their guests, 30-18 in the fourth as Dakota Phillips totaled 15-points, including a triple and 4-9 from the charity stripe.
But, it was a little to late, as Hundred scored 11 of their 18-points at the free throw line, with Soles leading the way with 8-points, including 6-8 from the charity stripe.
Soles paced the Hornets attack with a game-high 35-points, that included 5-three-point baskets and 8-10 from the free-throw line. He also picked up a double-double by grabbing 10-rebounds. Aaron Stephens also had a double-double, scoring 16-points, including a bonus bomb, while dishing out 10-assists. Logan Norris finished with 10-points, that also included a basket from beyond the arch.
In addition Robert Hostutler tallied 5-points and pulled down a game-high 12-rebounds. Adam Stephens sank a triple, while Martin Baker netted a deuce.
Phillips paced the Blue Devils with 26-points, while Wyatt Brown and Adam Baker each tallied 10-points for all the Beallsville double-digit scorers.