Warren boys roll on ‘Senior Night’

MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times Warren’s Josh Huffman (15) guards Waterford’s Austin Pyatt during a high school boys basketball game Saturday in Vincent.

VINCENT — Make no mistake about it, the Warren Warriors know how to share the basketball.

Nine different Warrior players had at least one assist in the first half and 10 different Warren players collected dimes in Saturday night’s 73-45 victory over the Waterford Wildcats that improved their season record to 15-5.

The Warriors celebrated their senior night in front of a jam packed crowd at the Warrior Coliseum in style as they easily disposed of a very good Waterford basketball team.

Senior Josh Huffman poured in a game-high 23 points and 10 different Warrior players scored at least two points as Warren looked very fresh after having a full week off after last Saturday’s win over Chillicothe.

Waterford hung right with the Warriors for the first part of the game and were even at 9-9 before the white and royal blue cagers began to come to life.

A three-pointer by senior Troy Huck broke the tie and the Warriors went on to out-score the Tom Simms-led Wildcats 12-4 the rest of the quarter to stake claim to a 21-13 lead.

Warren continued to add to their lead in the second period and a triple by senior Jared Hall pushed the lead to 32-16 midway through the second period.

Waterford got eight first half points from Bryce Hilverding and seven from Peyten Stephens but still found themselves down 36-21 at the break.

The Warriors held serve in the third period as they out-scored the green and white by a point and then blew things open in the final quarter of play.

Warren shot a blistering 64 percent in the game, connecting on 27-of-42 field goals attempts, with six of those coming from behind the arc.

Hall, Huck and junior Clay Miller each connected on a pair of three-pointers in the game while the Wildcats managed just one triple.

Joining Huffman in double-figures for Warren were Huck with 12 and Miller with 10 while Waterford was led by Hilverding and Travis Pottmeyer with 14 points apiece.

Waterford slipped to 11-7 on the season and will now re-focus their attention on the battle for the Tri-Valley Conference crown in which they play conference leader Trimble twice in the next ten days.

The ‘Cats control their own destiny as they trail Trimble by just one game heading into the final week.

As is tradition at Warren High School, head coach Blane Maddox and Warrior seniors Hall, Huffman, Huck and Thomas Williams each spoke to the Warrior student body as part of “Senior Night.”

“I am just so proud of these seniors… Be honest, how many people thought we would win this many games this year,” said the longtime Warrior coach to the crowd. “These kids did… they are just unbelievable young men, great teammates and great people.”

Warren will look to keep things rolling Tuesday night when they travel to Marietta to battle the arch-rival Tigers while Waterford heads to Wahama before finishing the season against Fort Frye and Trimble.