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Huntington High beats Cabell Midland

Dec. 06, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

ONA -- Huntington High coach Ron Hess got the effort he wanted when the Highlanders didn't have the ball. That exertion on defense helped Huntington High beat Cabell Midland, 63-49, in the season opener for both boys teams Wednesday night at Cabell Midland.

"I'm very satisfied with the defensive effort and intensity," Hess said. "We have to learn to close games better. We have to move (feet), not reach."

Huntington High led 11-8 after one period and stretched the advantage to 11 at 30-19 when Harrison Brown connected on a three-pointer 44 seconds before halftime.

The Knights got the first two baskets in the third period to cut the deficit to seven (30-23). With 4:50 left in the quarter, Dakota Leonard completed a three-point play to get the home team within seven again (34-27).

Chancellor Wooding hit from behind the arc and Shaquan Miller drilled a jumper to get the lead to 12 for the Highlanders at 39-27 and they steadily pulled away.

"We outrebounded a team bigger than us," Hess said. "That's big. We stress you have to block out. When we get it, we push the ball."

Arick Nicks led Huntington High with 14 points. Miller added 12 and Wooding and Tavian Martin had 10 each. Martin got all his points in the second half coming off the bench.

"We were nervous a little. Everybody was tight," Hess said about taking on a rival to open the season. "The goal is to swing the ball side to side, be patient and hit the seams. If we draw people down low, we hit the open man."

Leonard paced the Knights with 13 points, hitting 6 of 9 shots. Dustin Scarberry finished with 12.

Cabell Midland coach Matt Stead said his club showed what it could do when it ran through offense. When it didn't, the Knights struggled.

"I would cry please run the offense," Stead said. "If we do, we can be a good team. We tried too much 1-on-1. That's not us."

The outcome on the boards bothered Stead, too.

"You can't win games if you don't win the rebound battle," he said. "We stress box out. If we just try to jump, we get out-jumped."

Huntington High's next game is Monday at Capital.

Cabell Midland returns to action Tuesday at Spring Valley. Coy Petitt and Stephen Matthews will be in uniform for that game. Both play football and the Knights reached the Class AAA title game on Dec. 1 in Wheeling. They needed to get in the necessary practice time before they could suit up.

HUNTINGTON 11 19 18 15 -- 63: Miller 5-7 0-0 12, Tubbs 3-4 3-3 9, Nicks 4-10 6-6 14, Trotter 0-1 0-0 0, Tavian Martin 3-6 3-4 10, Brown 2-8 0-0 6, Tyler Martin 0-1 0-1 0, Wooding 2-10 5-6 10, Demoss 0-3 0-0 0, Howard 1-4 0-0 2. Totals: 20-54 17-19 63.

CABELL MIDLAND 8 11 13 17 -- 49: Bickford 1-1 0-0 2, Scarberry 3-7 6-13 12, Harbour 0-1 2-2 2, Beckett 2-5 4-6 8, Fraley 1-1 2-2 4, Dailey 0-5 2-2 2, Leonard 6-9 1-1 13, Adkins 3-8 0-0 6. Totals: 16-37 17-28 49.

3-point baskets: (Huntington 6) Miller 2, Tavian Martin, Brown 2, Wooding.