Huntington High drums St. Albans, 83-54
HUNTINGTON -- After suffering a loss in what head coach Ron Hess called his team's worst game of the year, the Huntington High boys' basketball team came out focused on senior night, demolishing St. Albans, 83-54.
The Highlanders were unconscious from behind the 3-point line, which eventually opened up the post for easy scores down low.
The win came just two days after the Highlanders (15-6) were defeated 69-55 by Tug Valley at home.
"I like the way we rebounded from our loss the other night," Hess said. "Every time we've had a loss this year we've come back and played very well, just getting back to the basics of passing the ball and getting good shots while playing good defense.
"And we were knocking our shots down. That helps. It makes you look pretty good."
The Highlanders had six 3-pointers in the first quarter alone, three of which came from one of the Highlanders' two seniors, Nathan Demoss.
Demoss was 3-3 from behind the arc in the first quarter, and finished with 12 points.
The Highlanders' other senior, Shaquan Miller, hit three 3-pointers on the night and scored 14 overall.
"Those two, they're great kids on and off the court," Hess said. "They've been a pleasure to coach and they've been an important part of this program over the past four years. It seems like we've gotten better each year, and they're a main part of why that's happened."
Huntington High's hot shooting from the outside allowed the Highlanders to go inside to Arick Nicks, who either found the basket or got to the foul line.
Nicks finished with 18 points, 6 of which came from the stripe.
Chancelor Wooding also knocked down two of his four 3-pointers in the first quarter, and St. Albans found itself looking at a 13-point deficit, 27-14, by the time the first eight minutes had expired. The Red Dragons couldn't get close for the rest of the game.
Nathan McNeil, the Red Dragons' leading scorer, never really got on track, though he did manage to finish with 12 points.
By the middle of the third quarter, Huntington High was mainly playing reserves, and Demoss and Miller were each pulled separately in the fourth quarter to a rousing ovation from the fans.
Also honored Thursday night was Huntington High senior cheerleader Courtney Grimmitt.
St. ALBANS 14 8 15 17 -- 54: McNeil 12, Broderick 4, Seams 2, Beck 3, Carter 8, Watkins 7, Aliff 7, Heywood 2, Young 9.
HUNTINGTON HIGH 27 24 15 17 -- 83: Nicks 18, Wooding 16, Miller 14, Demoss 12, Washington 8, Dunn-Martin 5, Meadows 6, Tubbs 2, Jackson 2.