CARROLL – Teays Valley fell behind off a cold start and never could get the lead in falling 59-53 at Bloom-Carroll Friday night.
The Vikings (4-4, 3-2) missed their first 10 shots from the field as the Bulldogs (5-5, 3-2) got up 9-0 and held a 12-9 lead after the first quarter. BC held a 24-20 lead at the half.
“I thought, mentally, we had good practices coming into it. But you never know night to night how well the ball is going to fall in the basket,” TV coach Doug Etzler said. “The last two games we’ve gotten shots at the rim that, instead of finishing through contact, we’re not doing a good enough job of being tough on our shots. That’s something that’s got to change if we’re going to be successful.”
Baskets from Riely Weiss and Max Young to start the second half tied the game at 24-24 and a basket from Davis Gothard had the score at 26-26 with 4:18 left in the third. By the end of the period, though, BC was on top 39-33.
TV closed to within two points twice in the final period, but could never get the lead.
“A lot tonight, for the first time really, we didn’t do a good job communicating,” Etzler said. “We switch a lot of screens and a lot of times the screen is happening and one guy is switching and one guy is staying and we give up a layup at a crucial time. In the fourth quarter, we got it down to two and we gave up two layups and then a foul and a layup. If they’re going to get shots, it’s got to be contested jump shots.
“It’s a communication thing, it’s something we can fix, but we’ve got to understand it’s got to be executed perfectly every night. We’re a team, that when we make mistakes, it’s tough to fight back because the teams we are playing are very good teams.”
Ryan Wolfe was TV’s leading scorer with 17 points, Young put in 13 while grabbing 10 rebounds and Weiss added 10 points.
TV ended the night with a 32-30 rebounding edge.
Otto Kuhn’s led BC Friday with 25 points while Ethan Johnson had 17 and Trace Wisecarver had 10.
The Vikings return to the hardwood Tuesday at Logan Elm while the Bulldogs take on Hamilton Township.
• Teays Valley was a 60-45 winner in the reserve game.
The Vikings were led by Trey Purdon with 14 points, Cole Sauerbrun with 13 and Adam Benschoter with 11. Peyton Weiler added six for TV, Cody Kennedy and Eli Burnett each had four, Garrett Meddock and Clayton Knox each had three and Bret Wilson had two.
Bloom-Carroll 59, Teays Valley 53
Teays Valley — Young 4-5-13, Kendig 2-1-7, Gothard 2-2-6, Weiss 3-4-10, Wolfe 6-2-17. Three-point goals— Kendig (2), Wolfe (3). Total— 17-53 14-19 53.
Bloom-Carroll — Swartz 1-0-3, Kuhns 9-5-25, Johnson 6-3-17, Evans 1-0-3, Wisecarver 4-2-11. Three-point goals— Swartz, Kuhns (2), Johnson (2), Evans, Wisecarver. Total— 21-41 10-14 59.