ASHVILLE — Teays Valley wrapped up a championship run through the Mid-State League Buckeye Division with a 57-51 win over Hamilton Township Friday night.
“It’s all we’ve wanted,” senior Davis Gothard said. “We did it in eighth grade. We’ve been needing one in high school and our senior year we got it done. It’s a great feeling.”
With seven seniors on the roster, coach Doug Etzler said there were expectations for success on this year’s squad.
“With those expectations, a little bit of pressure on them — and it showed a little bit early,” Etzler said. “Being seniors, being through this and being battle tested, I’m just proud of the way they kept their confidence and kept together instead of blaming each other when we weren’t winning, and kept believing in our system and being rewarded in the end.”
Max Young led the senior Vikings tieing his career high with 18 points, Ryan Wolfe had 12, Tanner Kendig 11, Gothard six and Brodie Booth had two points with a team-high six rebounds. Junior Riely Weiss put in six points. Weiss and Wolfe each grabbed five rebounds.
Corey Hise led HT with 15 points and 15 rebounds while Marquis Moore had 12 points.
Kendig scored the first three points of Friday’s contest and Teays Valley (13-8, 11-3) never trailed.
TV had an 11-9 lead after the first period and was up 29-19 at the half.
HT (11-11, 8-6) came back in the third period and closed the gap to 39-35 but Young hit his first three shots of the fourth quarter and, at one point, TV was in front by 11 points.
“When we needed big baskets, different guys stepped up,” Etzler said. “Tanner hit a big three to push it back to seven (late in the third), Max had a great game in the fourth quarter.
“It was basically just believe in each other, try to find a mismatch and let’s go to that guy.”
The Vikings were on a five-game losing streak the first time they played Hamilton Township. They left HT’s gym back in January with an overtime win and have gone on to win nine of their last 11 games, including eight straight league games.
“We really got more confident,” Gothard said of turning the season around after the game at Hamilton Township. “Our defense stepped up tremendously and we were just able to get it done.”
“I think at that point in the season, to not lose confidence, that was the turn-around. We had been in some tough games and could never get over the hump,” Etzler said. “(HT) missed a layup at the buzzer and we got it done in overtime. It breathed a little bit of new life in us.
“We kind of went with each game as a Mid-State League championship game. We tweaked a few things, but basically their tough-nose defense carried us, their belief in each other and a one-game-at-a-time mentality.”
The Vikings wrap up the regular season hosting Westfall tonight.
- Teays Valley went down at the buzzer as Hamilton Township hit a last-second three-pointer to win the JV game 58-55.
Scoring for the Vikings (16-5) Garrett Meddock with 14 points, Clayton Knox with 11, Trey Purdon with 10, Adam Benschoter and Eli Burnett had five each, Cody Kennedy and Peyton Weiler each had four and Cole Sauerbrun had two.
Teays Valley 57, Hamilton Twp 51
Hamilton Township — Hundley 1-0-2, Block 2-1-5, Crallie 4-1-9, Moore 5-1-12, Newsome 1-0-3, Forson 2-1-5, Hise 6-2-15. Three-point goals — Moore, Newsome, Hise. Total — 21-46 6-12 51.
Teays Valley — Young 9-0-18, Kendig 4-2-11, Booth 1-0-2, Gothard 2-2-8, Weiss 1-4-6, Wolfe 4-4-12. Three-point goals — Kendig, Gothard (2). Total — 21-44 12-23 57.
Quarter scores 1 2 3 4 F
Hamilton Twp 9 10 16 16 51
Teays Valley 11 18 10 18 57