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Highlanders advance past Knights

AAA boys
Feb. 28, 2013 @ 12:23 AM

ONA -- Huntington High's Chancelor Wooding didn't want to waste any time pushing the Highlanders into the section championship game.

Wooding hit three 3-pointers in the first six minutes of the game and scored 13 of his 17 points in the first quarter Wednesday to lead the Highlanders to a 70-47 win over Cabell Midland in the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 2 boys basketball semifinals at Cabell Midland High School.

Wooding added eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals in the complete effort for Huntington High, who advances to Friday night's Class AAA, Region IV, Section 2 championship against Logan.

"He's been playing a more rounded game in the second half and that's something we've tried to get him to do," Huntington High coach Ron Hess said. "We want him to not only be a shooter, but to attack the rim because when he does that, he's hard to stop and it opens his outside game up, too."

Behind Wooding the Highlanders jumped to a double-digit lead in the first four minutes and the Knights could not keep up as the Huntington High offense kept pushing.

In addition to Wooding's performance, Nick Tubbs added 13 points from his point guard spot.

While the Highlanders won with ease, there was still plenty for Hess to coach up leading into Friday's section championship.

After the 25-point first quarter, the Highlanders got into a lull where the team started playing somewhat individualistic instead of continuing with the offensive ball movement that led to the big opening frame.

The result was a mini-run by Cabell Midland late in the first half that got a once-20-point deficit back down to 16 at the break.

"You want to close out any half strong and we got sloppy and allowed them to get back into rhythm a little bit," Hess said. "We want to teach them that we have to improve and get better because we are moving on after this game. We still have goals to reach."

Keegan Adkins finished with 14 points to lead Cabell Midland while Coy Pettit added 11 points.

CABELL MIDLAND 11 8 8 20 -- 47: Bickford 5, Pettit 11, Adkins 14, Dailey 8, Beckett 6, Matthews 3.

HUNTINGTON HIGH 25 11 15 19 -- 70: Meadows 6, Washington 5, Nicks 6, Wooding 17, Mann 2, Pennington 2, Howard 5, Demoss 8, Tubbs 13, Miller 2, Dunn-Martin 4.

LOGAN 76, SPRING VALLEY 71 (OT): Despite not ever leading in regulation, Logan was able to get 27 points off the bench from Zack Minnick to help the Wildcats advance to the Class AAA, Region IV, Section 2 title game.

Minnick and Zak Miller connected on 3-pointers to open overtime and give Logan its first lead of the game after an exciting end to regulation.

Spring Valley's Greg Herbert scored with 7.8 seconds left on a runner in the lane to give the Timberwolves their last lead at 65-63, but A.J. Reynolds' layup at the buzzer knotted the game for the Wildcats.

Reynolds finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists, including a key 3-point play to tie the game 63-63 prior to Herbert's drive.

Spring Valley took a 49-41 lead into the fourth quarter after a strong third period which extended a slight halftime lead.

Josh Steele led Spring Valley with 20 points and nine rebounds while Herbert added 18. Austin Keyser and Jacob Kilgore had 13 and 10 respectively.

Spring Valley came out on fire in the first quarter, hitting nine of its first 12 shots to take a 19-11 lead.

Logan was able to cut the deficit to a one-possession game at halftime after finding the range from the outside and getting second opportunities underneath off of missed shots.

Herbert scored 12 of his 18 in the first half for the Timberwolves.

SPRING VALLEY 19 12 18 16 6 -- 71: Herbert 18, Steele 20, Keyser 13, Kilgore 10, Robertson 7, Meade 3.

LOGAN 11 17 13 24 11 -- 76: Reynolds 21, Williams 2, Tomblin 7, Minnick 27, Miller 19.