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Hurricane routs Cabell Midland

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

ONA -- The theme was "Western Night" Tuesday at Cabell Midland High School.

It quickly turned into the boys basketball version of Little Bighorn as the Redskins of Hurricane overwhelmed the Cabell Midland Knights, 76-39.

Hurricane (16-6) hit eight 3-point shots in 10 attempts in the first half to build a 42-15 lead. The barrage didn't go unnoticed by Cabell Midland assistant coach Justin Ripley, subbing for head coach Matt Stead, who was ill.

"Eight 3-pointers," Ripley said. "They're hitting everything and we're not playing defense. We're not getting our hands up."

The second half was a bit better as the Knights (4-18) held the Redskins to 1-for-5 from 3-point range. Hurricane sank plenty of 2-pointers, though, in building a lead as large as 41 points after Sean Stallo's basket with 1:58 left in the game.

Hurricane moved into The Associated Press Class AAA rankings at No. 10 this week and played like a team that could be a major challenge for any of the nine squads ahead of it. The Redskins hit 27 of 46 shots (58.6 percent) and were 9-for-15 (60 percent) from 3-point range. Hurricane was 13-for-19 (68.4 percent) from the free throw line and outrebounded Cabell Midland, 29-24, while committing just eight turnovers.

The Redskins' defense was equally as stellar, holding the Knights to 13-for-43 shooting (30.2 percent), including seven of 20 (35 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc. Cabell Midland had 18 turnovers.

"Give them credit, they're good," Ripley said. "If you give them open shots, they make them."

Cabell Midland hoped to hold the ball and slow down the game. The strategy was sound, but the execution was doomed as Hurricane raced to a 17-8 lead and controlled the tempo throughout.

"They forced the tempo on us," Ripley said. "When they do that, you can't take a breath. they're a good team. They're not a top 10 team for nothing."

Trey Dawson led Hurricane with 15 points, living up to his name by hitting a trio of 3-pointers. J.T. Rogozewski was 4-for-4 from 3-point range in scoring 14. Henry Sorsaia scored 12.

Cole Tilley came off the bench to pace Cabell Midland with 13 points, hitting three of four 3-point attempts.

Both teams now prepare for sectional tournament play. Ripley said it might be cliche to say it's a new season, but that's exactly how his team and many others should approach it.

"Our kids played hard and we can build on that going into sectionals," Ripley said, noting a hustle play by Sawyer Beckett to save a loose ball in the final two minutes of the game. "I've been telling our kids about Ironton. They were 1-21 in the regular season and then beat Federal Hocking, which was a good team, in the sectional tournament."

The Knights will try to pull an Ironton-like victory at 7:30 p.m. Monday against Lincoln County in the sectional tournament opener at Huntington High School.

HURRICANE 17 25 19 15 -- 76: Lemmerman 1-5 1-3 0-0 3, Sorsaia 4-5 0-0 4-4 12, Scarberry 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Estep 3-4 1-1 0-0 7, Wolford 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Dawson 6-10 3-5 0-0 15, Rogozewski 5-8 4-4 14, Tinsley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Newman 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, DeFries 2-6 0-0 4-6 8, Fenerty 2-2 0-0 0-2 4, Stallo 2-2 0-0 2-2 6, McAllister 1-2 0-0 2-2 4, Lawrence 0-0 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 27-46 9-15 13-19 75.

CABELL MIDLAND 8 7 13 11 -- 39: Wilcox 1-4 1-1 0-0 3, Perry 3-6 3-4 0-0 9, Petitt 0-1 0-0 3-4 3, Tilley 5-11 3-4 0-0 13, Morgan 1-2 0-0 2-4 4, Beckett 2-8 0-1 0-0 4, Fraley 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Adkins 1-4 0-0 0-0 2, Bellomy 0-0 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 13-43 7-20 6-10 39.

Rebounds: H 29 (DeFries 7), CM 24 (Morgan 4, Beckett 4). Team rebounds: H 8, CM 6. Deadball rebounds: H 1, CM 1. Turnovers: H 8, CM 18. Steals: H 11 (DeFries 2, Sorsaia 2), CM 6 (Morgan 2). Fouls: H 9, CM 13. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.

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