Hornets Moving On
The Hundred Hornets used a 26-9 second period run in a close game, to hold-off the Valley Lumberjacks for a 76-68 victory in the Region I, Section I opening round Feb. 28 inside the Hornets Nest and advance to the Section I Semi-finals and a date against top seed Wheeling Central Tuesday, March 3, at Brooke High School Gymnasium.
The Hornets flew out to an 11-4 run five minutes into the first quarter, but the ‘Jacks went on a 7-0 run of their own to knot things up at 11-11. However, it was short-lived as Aaron Stephens drained a 3-pointer to give the lead back to Hundred, but, the ‘Jacks Abe Satterfield hauled in a rebound and went coast-to-coast for a deuce at the buzzer to close to within 14-13 by periods end.
After a Stephens free throw, Gavin Streets grabbed a Hornets miss and went the distance to even things up at 15-15. Stephens knocked down a pretty jumper, off a nice long pass by Logan Bassett to start a 15-0 run to double-up Valley 30-15.
The Lumberjacks Beau Wyatt came off the bench to quiet the HHS crowd a bit, but the Hornets Cody Soles would close out the period with a pair of bonus bombs to grab a 40-22 halftime lead.
In the third period, Martin Baker and Soles dialed long distance to go up, 46-22 before the ‘Jacks Streets netted their first points of the period at the 6:30 mark. A short time later Soles spotted Aaron Stephens on a nice give and go, before the ‘Jacks Isaiah Bassett put back a miss.
Aaron Stephens would pick-pocket a ‘Jack at half court and finished it off with a nifty reverse lay-up, however Satterfield sank a pair of free throws at the 4-minute mark and Valley called a timeout.
After the short break, teammate Ryan Baker knocked down a 3-pointer. From this point, the Hornets and Lumberjacks would go back and forth, with Hundred holding on to a 62-43 lead with 8-minutes remaining.
The Hornets Eli Geho scored the periods first points with a rebound put-back, but Valley would go on a nice 5-0 mini-run, before Martin Baker drained a 2-pointer. From this point, the Hornets went to a 4-corner offense to drain the clock and force Valley to foul.
Hundred would miss four freebies, including a pair of front-end chances, but down the stretch Soles would pick-off a pass and go the distance with a one-handed jam, and a Aaron Stephens 2-pointer to end the game.
“We picked up our offense a lot better tonight,” said HHS Head Coach Virgil Wilkins. “We need to play 32-minutes of good basketball, and not turn the ball over if we want to make any noise against Wheeling Central.
Gavin Streets paced the Lumberjacks with 17-points, while Tommy Shannon followed with 16-points, including four long range bonus bombs. Abe Satterfield scored 15-points, while Ryan Baker added 11-points, with a pair of 3-pointers.
In addition, Logan Bassett tallied 5-points, while Isaiah Bassett and Bean Wyatt each scored a deuce off the bench.
The Lumberjacks ended the season with a disappointing 5-18 season, and will lose 3-starters in Abe Satterfield, Levi Anderson and Ryan Baker, as well as Jacob Hall, Logan Fisher, Bailey Farnesworth, John Busch III, Trace Freed and Charles Tuttle to graduation. But, the good news they will bring back guys like Tommy Shannon, Logan Bassett, Gavin Streets, Isaiah Bassett and Beau Wyatt.
For the Hundred Hornets, Cody Soles collected a double-double by scoring a game-high 32-points, that included four baskets from beyond the arc, while grabbing 12-rebounds. He also added 7-assists, 2-steals and 2-blocks. Aaron Stephens also collected a double-double with 19-points, with 2-triples, while hauling in 10-rebounds and dishing out 3-assists.
In addition, Martin Baker scored 9-points, with 2-three pointers, while dishing out 3-assists and 3-steals. Eli Geho followed with 8-points, 4-rebounds 3-assists and 2-steals. Logan Norris tacked on 6-points, while grabbing a game-high 13-rebounds. Adam Stephens ended the Hundred scoring, swished a deuce.
With the win, the Hundred Hornets improved to 15-8 and has now won more games than any boys basketball teams in the last 25-years. The Hornets advanced to play number1 seed Wheeling Central (15-7), in the Region I, Section I semi-finals at Brooke High School Gymnasium on March 3.