Prep basketball: Wildcats remain unbeaten

WATERFORD – With a 51-41 victory over Federal Hocking at Waterford Elementary Friday, the Waterford Wildcats preserved their perfect record.

The green and white improved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the Tri-Valley Conference – Hocking Division.

The defending TVC-Hocking champs, Federal Hocking came in and gave Waterford a battle early, as the Lancers led 10-7 after one quarter. The game was tied at 28-all at halftime.

The Tom Simms-coached Wildcats kicked it into high gear on the defensive end of the floor in the second half, allowing just five third quarter points and 13 overall points in the second half to pull away.

Cody Paxton was Waterford’s leading scorer with 14 points. No other Wildcats player scored in double figures, but Tanner Pottmeyer contributed nine, Eli Strahler had eight and Wyatt Porter, Trystan Crawford and Garrett LeMasters each added six for a well-balanced attack.

The Lancers were led by Ivan Santiago’s 16 markers. Delbert Crum chipped in with 10.

Waterford had trouble finding the stroke from outside, as the ‘Cats were just 1-for-14 from beyond the arch. Inside the 3-point line, however, the green and white made 18-of-40 (45 percent) shots. Federal Hocking was 13-for-42 (31 percent) from the floor including 8-for-25 (32 percent) from 3.

Pottmeyer grabbed a game-high seven of Waterford’s 28 rebounds in the contest. Paxton led the way with four assists. The Wildcats turned the ball over just 10 times in the game while forcing the Lancers into 16 turnovers.

Waterford also won the junior varsity game by a score of 57-14. Andrew Thieman led the green and white jayvees with 16 points.

The ‘Cats will get a week off before hosting Frontier Friday. JV tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Girls

JACKSON – The Warren Lady Warriors had trouble finding the bottom of the net Friday against Jackson, as they connected on just seven shots in 45 tries, including 1-for-15 from beyond the arch in a 56-39 loss.

Warren’s offensive struggles reached its peek in the second period, as the royal blue and white made just one field goal, a buzzer-beater by Victoria Buzzard. The game was tied at 11-all late in the opening quarter, but the Ironladies went on an 11-0 run that extended into the second quarter to pull away.

Jackson (8-1, 3-0) was led by Madison Ridout’s 17 points. Kacee Jenkins contributed 13 markers.

Buzzard was the top scorer for Warren (3-3, 2-1) with 15 points while Audrey Bowe added eight, all from the free throw line.

Warren will look to shake off the loss on the road against Morgan next Saturday in a non-conference matchup. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.