White Falcons hold off Hannan, 70-58

Alex Hawley

December 23, 2013

MASON, W.Va. — Two teams were in search of their first win of the season Saturday night in a Mason County matchup between Hannan and Wahama.

The White Falcons held off a late charge by HHS to take the 70-58 victory on their home court.

The Wildcats (0-2) surged to a 16-9 lead after the first period, holding Wahama (1-3) to 25 percent shooting from the field. The Red and White bounced back to shoot 50 percent in the second quarter, and scored the first 16 points of the period. Hannan missed its first nine shots in the second before connecting twice in the last 30 seconds to cut Wahama’s lead to 25-20 at the break.

Following the break Hannan cut the lead to two points with a 6-to-3 run. The White Falcons took control back with back-to-back three pointers that sparked an 18-to-7 run, which gave the Red and White the 46-33 advantage headed into the finale.

The White Falcons expanded their lead to 18 points early in the fourth quarter but a 10-0 Hannan run cut the lead to single digits. Wahama regained the momentum after HHS head coach Ross Thornton was charged with a technical foul, sparking a 6-0 WHS run that took the lead to 59-45. The Wildcats outscored Wahama 13-to-11 over the final 2:30 of the game but the White Falcons claimed their first victory of the season, 70-58.

The White Falcons were led by Hunter Rose with 30 points, including 14-of-22 from the free throw line. Derek Hysell and Michael Hendricks each had nine points, while Wyatt Zuspan and Ryan Thomas both added seven. Rounding out the WHS total were Mason Hicks and Brent Larck with four points apiece.

The White Falcons shot 24-of-51 (47.1 percent) from the field and 19-of-28 (67.9 percent) from the free throw line. Wahama had 35 rebounds, 16 assists, 15 steals, two blocks, 12 fouls and 15 turnovers in the win.

Hendricks led Wahama with 11 rebounds, followed by Zuspan with 10. Rose led the defensive effort for WHS with seven steals in the game. Zuspan and Rose each had four assists to pace the victors.

Tyler Burns led the the White Falcons with 22 points, including 18 from beyond the arc. Will Harbour had 12 points, Corey Hudnall added eight, Charles Mayes chipped in with five and Adam Wilson marked four. Jeremy Scofield had three points, while Aaron Coon and Dakota Fannin each had two points in the setback.

The Wildcats shot 21-of-59 (35.6 percent) from the field and 8-of-10 (80 percent) from the charity stripe. Hannan had 35 rebounds, 14 assists, nine steals, three blocks, 17 turnovers and 20 fouls in the game.

Harbour led the HHS rebounding with nine points, followed by Mayes with eight and Burns with seven. Mayes had a game-high seven assists, while Harbour led the Hannan defense with three steals and two blocks.

This is the first and only scheduled meeting between these two Mason County teams this season.