Defenders come up short at Wayne, 75-64

Bryan Walters

December 18, 2013

WAYNE, W.Va. — They couldn’t stop it … or contain it.

Host Wayne shot 64 percent from the field and had 11 players reach the scoring column Tuesday night during a 75-64 victory over the Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team in a non-conference matchup in Wayne County.

The visiting Defenders (4-4) shot a respectable 44 percent from the floor, but the Pioneers (1-0) simply shot lights out from the opening tip of their season opener.

WHS hit seven of its first 13 shots to take an 18-11 lead after eight minutes of play, then used a 25-22 run in the second canto to secure a 43-33 edge at the intermission.

The Pioneers followed with a small 15-13 spurt to stretch their lead out to 58-46 headed into the finale, but OVCS closed regulation with an 18-17 run to wrap up the final 11-point margin of victory.

The Defenders connected on 17-of-39 floor shots overall, including an 8-of-21 effort from three-point range for 38 percent. The guests were also 22-of-28 at the free throw line for 79 percent.

T.G. Miller led Ohio Valley Christian with a game-high 24 points, followed by Marshall Hood with 15 points and Elijah McDonald with nine markers.

Phil Hollingshead and Evan Bowman each contributed seven points to the setback, while Austin Ragan rounded out the scoring with two markers.

Wayne made 30-of-47 shot attempts overall, including a 3-of-11 effort from behind the arc for 27 percent. The hosts were also 12-of-21 at the charity stripe for 57 percent.

Grant Ferguson paced WHS with 23 points, followed by Brett Justice with 16 points and Alex Elkins with nine markers. The Pioneers missed only eight of their 27 shot attempts in the opening half.