NEW WASHINGTON —
New Washington used 11 3-pointers, spot-on shooting and a huge 23-point first quarter for a 60-35 win over visiting Henryville Friday in James Matthews Gymnasium, giving the Mustangs their first Southern Athletic Conference win of the season.
Henryville, meanwhile, still looks for that first league victory and currently shares last place in the SAC with 0-2 South Central. Borden leads the six-team conference with a 4-0 record, and has only January 25 game at Henryville to claim the title outright.
With Friday’s win, New Washington put itself back in the running for second place with two more conference games remaining on the schedule.
“One of our goals at the beginning of the season was to win the conference,” said the Mustangs’ sole senior Devin Herron. “Now we have a goal to win the rest of our conference games, compete in every game we’re in and do well in the sectional. … We’re a young team, but we have a lot of underclassmen starting to step up and play well.”
Friday, a pair of freshmen — Zach Moore and Caleb Ellison — combined for 19 of New Washington’s points and 18 rebounds, and played an integral role in the Mustangs’ major first-quarter run.
Moore, who finished the game with a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds), scored three straight buckets from the post, sandwiched between field goals by junior James Clemons giving the hosts an 11-0 lead. A pair of back-to-back 3-pointers by Herron and Clemons made it 17-0 before Henryville’s Elijah Weeks found the bucket for the Hornets’ first score at the two-minute mark.
In all, New Washington (3-8, 1-2) shot 9-for-15 from the field in the opening period, including 5-for-8 from behind the arc, and led 23-4 by the first buzzer.
From there, the Mustangs only beat their visitors 37-31, but the damage had already been done.
“That has happened to us quite a few times this year,” said Henryville coach Dan Carmony. “We won the second quarter, we won the third quarter and we played them close in the fourth, but we have that one quarter that we just can’t come back from.”
The Mustangs also demolished Henryville on the boards, grabbing more than twice as many rebounds than the Hornets: 47-23, including 18 on the offensive end.
“With our lack of size, we’re going to get beat on the boards a lot,” said Carmony. “We’re not as big or as physical as most teams, so we have got to work on blocking out. We work on it all the time, but we just have to improve on it in game situations.”
New Washington stretched its to as many as 23 in the first half. Weeks sparked a short-lived run for the Hornets (2-9, 0-2) with back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second half, closing the gap to 13 points, but that was as close as it ever got again.
“Overall we’re pretty pleased,” said New Washington coach Jonathan May, whose team’s only other two victories of the season were against winless Southwestern (Hanover). “Our guys have work hard to learn every day, and now we’ve got young kids getting a little stronger and making better decisions. … We’ve got upperclassmen who are tired of the way things have been going for the past few seasons, and we’ve got underclassmen who are starting to rise to the challenge.”
Clemons led all scorers with 16 points, 12 of those from behind the arc, and grabbed 10 rebounds for his own double-double performance as well. Ellison, collected eight rebounds from the guard position and dished out a pair of assists.
The Hornets were led by Weeks’ 14-point effort. Emery Dieterlen picked up a team-high five rebounds and blocked five shots.
NEW WASHINGTON 60, HENRYVIILLE 35
Henryville 4 7 13 11—35
New Washington 23 6 12 19—60
Henryville (2-9, 0-2 SAC): Elijah Weeks 14, Bailey Reister 6, Braxton Robertson 5, Jacob Janek 5, Cody McAfee 3, Emery Dieterlen 2.
New Washington (3-8, 1-2): James Clemons 16, Zach Moore 14, Devin Herron 12, Logan Miles 6, James Seals 5, Caleb Ellison 5, Andrew House 2.
3-point goals: Henryville 6 (Weeks 3, Reister 2, McAfee); New Washington 11 (Herron 4, Clemons 4, Miles 2, Ellison).
Rebounds: Henryville 23 (Dieterlen 5); New Washington 47 (Moore 10, Clemons 10).