LAMOILLE –— The LaMoille/Ohio Lions took control of the game in the second quarter Tuesday night, holding the Lowpoint-Washburn Wildcats scoreless over those eight minutes, as the Lions coasted down the stretch to a 55-38 victory.
A seesaw game in the first period, in which both teams once led by as many as four points, ended with the Lions up by two, 13-11.
Then L/O recorded a 14-0 run in the second frame en route to boasting a 27-11 lead at the break.
“The game plan was to move the ball quicker, get the ball up and down the court quicker. We didn’t stick to the game plan too well,” L/O coach Kenny Shrimplin said. “We played good, but we didn’t play up to our potential in that first quarter. After that, we started coming alive, and we started playing like we were supposed to play.
“First quarter, we started slow. Second quarter, we came out and started to rock and roll. I was happy with the second quarter performance, going into halftime with the lead (we had).”
The Lions maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half, as the Wildcats got no closer than a dozen points away.
Brady Becker scored a game-high 21 points for L/O (6-19), while Marcus Winn added nine. Hunter Walzer grabbed 11 rebounds, while Becker and Luke Lovgren provided eight caroms each.
The Lions attempted a whopping 41 free throws on the night, connecting on 22 of them.
Carson Connelly led the Wildcats (1-20) with 10 points.
Notes: L-W varsity head coach Josh Fahs is an alumnus of LaMoille... L/O’s frosh-soph won the prelim game, 59-26 behind 19 points from Marcus Winn, 15 from Cory Pinter, and 10 by Casen Cherry.