W-P boys lock down T-O offense, win by 30

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WAITSBURG — The pesky Tekoa-Oakesdale Nighthawks were down nine at the break and looking to hang close for the second half against Waitsburg-Prescott in a boys Southeast B basketball showdown Saturday.

W-P coach T.J. Scott and his boys basketball team had other ideas though, and used halftime adjustments to shut down the T-O offense and go on to a 30-point laugher, 62-32 here at Kison Court.

Up 29-20 and in foul trouble going into the locker room, Scott made the decision to switch to a zone defense. The plan worked to perfection.

"We came out in man the first half, and they were pretty aggressive driving on us. They got to the line a lot," Scott said. "On the other end, they played zone against us and we weren’t hitting a lot of our shots. By switching to zone we forced them to shoot outside. They couldn’t hit from there, and we started shooting better."

Ben Kiefel and Wyatt Withers led the W-P scoring effort with 19 and 13 points, respectively.

"Kiefel is really coming on of late," Scott said. "He’s really picked up the intensity these last two nights. On the low block, he’s pretty much unstoppable."

Scott praised the efforts of Zac Alexenko, who scored six of his seven points in a late second-quarter W-P burst, and Withers’ "big shots" in the third quarter taken "in the flow of the offense". Scott also praised Kris Cady’s season high 10-point, 11-rebound breakout performance.

W-P raised its record 8-1 on the season and 3-1 in conference. W-P plays host next Friday to Dayton.

T-O (32) — Lindgren 2 0-0 6, Wagner 1 0-0 2, C. Gaines 2 7-10 11, Hooper 1 0-3 2, J. Gaines 1 0-0 3, Schultz 1 0-0 2, Hinkins 2 2-4 6, Mueller 0 0-0 0, Schell 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 9-17 32.

W-P (62) — Hofer 1 1-3 3, Cady 5 0-0 10, Zuger 1 1-1 3, Withers 5 2-2 13, Gerke 0 0-2 0, Wooderchak 1 0-0 2, Alexenko 3 1-2 7, Kiefel 9 1-2 19, Lehr 1 0-0 3, McDaniel 1 0-0 2, Tiburcio 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 6-12 62.

T-O 8 12 3 9 — 32

W-P 10 19 14 19 — 62

3-point goals — T-O 3 (Lindgren 2, J. Gaines 1), W-P 2 (Withers, Lehr). Total fouls—T-O 14, W-P 19. Fouled out—none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds—T-O 34 (Hinkins 7), W-P 49 (Gerke 11, Cady 11). Turnovers—T-O 13, W-P 17. Assists—T-O 7, W-P 24 (Withers 5). Blocks—W-P 6 (Kiefel 4).

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