By PAUL HINES
Webber’s boys basketball team hung around against the Spartans but couldn’t make a big enough run in a 45-35 loss Friday night.
Waltonville took an early lead and held a double-digit edge for the majority of the game against the Trojans.
“I’m extremely happy,” Waltonville coach Brian Gamber said. “I thought our guys played hard defensively. We got some steals, some turnovers. We had some guys step up off the bench get some easy baskets.”
Waltonville’s Trey Witges led all scorers with 19 points. Jordan Hale was also in double figures for the Spartans with 10. Ty Henderson led the Trojans with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Webber used a zone defense in an attempt to slow the offensive attack which centers around Witges and Hale. Zane Austin and Koaltin Dye had the defensive responsibility of trying to contain Witges and Hale throughout the game.
“The two guys that played that triangle and two wore them out,” Webber coach Chad Harper said.
Waltonville took a 26-14 edge into halftime and ended the third quarter with a 7-0 run to open up a 39-21 lead. The final three baskets from Witges and Justin Winchester all came off Webber turnovers.
“I think our pressure from start to finish kind of wore them down,” Gamber said. “In the last minute minute and a half I think they were kind of gassed, not just physically but just a little mentally going through that.”
The scores came after Waltonville struggled offensively to open the second half. The Spartans first basket of the half came on a Witges putback midway through the third quarter.
Despite facing a large fourth-quarter deficit, Webber battled back into the game. Greg O’Dell and Dakota Dickey opened the quarter with scores to slice the deficit down to 39-25. The Spartans pushed their lead back to 16 before the Trojans scored the final six points of the game.
“They played 32 minutes,” Harper said. “I’m proud of my boys. That’s all that I can ask from them. Come out, play hard, do what I ask them to do and they did exactly that tonight.”
Waltonville improved to 12-3 this season.