WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — On the eve of the coldest day of the winter thus far, Logan Elm was able to come away with a 51-42 non-league win on Tuesday over host Washington Court House.
The Blue Lions made 17 field goals in the game, while Logan Elm made 18.
Logan Elm scored seven points from the free throw line to six for the Blue Lions.
The difference was, the Braves hit eight three-point field goals, including seven in the first half, to just two for Washington Court House, one of which came at the very end of the game.
“The threes weren’t the problem, they were the result of the problem,” Washington Court House coach Connor Scott said. “The problem was we couldn’t keep them in front of us. They would drive the middle, which forces us to help, which, they do a good job of kicking it out for threes. They’re going to make threes. We had to stop them from shooting them.”
Seniors Blaise Tayese and Richie Burns each scored 10 points for the Blue Lions.
Sophomore Gabe Chalfin was the game’s leading scorer with 15 points for the Braves. Sophomore Jason Sailor scored 13 and another sophomore, Isaac Ward, scored 11 points. Yet another sophomore, Jeremy Wietelmann, threw in eight points.
The Braves (8-8) are one of the younger teams Washington Court House (10-6) has faced this year as they start four sophomores and one junior.
The Blue Lions made 2 of 8 from the floor in the first quarter, while Logan Elm hit 4 of 9, all four of which were three-point baskets, including three from Ward, to take a 14-7 lead at the end of eight minutes of play.
Logan Elm hit three more treys in the second quarter and shot 7 of 10, overall, from the field, to extend its lead to 31-14 at halftime.
“It was a great start for us,” Logan Elm coach Doug Stiverson said. “That’s something we haven’t done consistently this season. That’s something that has hurt us, especially in our losses.
“To come out on the road and to play well early, that gave our kids a lot of confidence. We were able to feed off of that and I think that was the difference in the game.”
The Blue Lions were held to just 3 of 9 shooting in the second quarter.
Washington Court House made some adjustments and limited Logan Elm’s open three-point looks in the third and fourth quarters.
The Blue Lions won the third quarter, 13-9, to trail 40-27 after three complete.
Washington Court House was able to pull to within six points and had possession of the ball with about four minutes remaining in the game, but that’s as close as the Blue Lions could come.
“(Washington) is a very good basketball team,” Stiverson said. “We were very concerned about rebounding. We wanted to make sure we could rebound the basketball and we felt like that was going to be a big key for us. I don’t know what the final stats were on rebounding, but I thought we did a decent job rebounding tonight, limiting them to one shot most of the time. “We wanted to make sure we got back in transition. They can get up and down the floor at times. By scoring, that obviously helps our transition defense also.”
The Braves resume Mid-State League Buckeye Division play on Friday at Circleville.