Prep boys basketball: WCCS boys down Elk Valley 66-53

WILLIAMSTOWN – Wood County Christian scored eight unanswered points to open the final quarter to break open a close ball game as the Wildcats pulled away to a 66-53 victory Friday night over the visiting Elk Valley Christian Eagles.

Patrick Goff posted a double-double as the senior tossed in 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as WCC found a way to score a win in a game in which it trailed for the better part of three quarters.

“Elk Valley came out hot and got off to a terrific start,” said Wildcat head coach Dan Ellis of his opponent, who connected on five-of-10 three-pointers in the first half to lead by as many as 10 points. “We were able to get some steals and transition baskets and get some momentum in the second half.”

Trey Suffle got off to a big start for the Eagles as he scored 10 points in the first eight minutes including a pair from behind the arc to give Elk Valley a 15-5 lead.

Goff’s basket cut the lead to eight and a three-ball from freshman D.J. Spencer at the buzzer on an assist by Douglas Ernest cut the lead to five.

Elk Valley dominated the boards in the game as the Eagles out rebounded Wood County by a 43-29 margin and Suffle and Bert French cashed in on a pair of offensive rebound put-backs to extend the lead to nine.

Goff began to make his presence known as the 6-foot-2 forward converted an old fashioned three-point play and a field goal to cut the lead to 19-15.

Three-pointers by Suffle and Jordan Elkins increased the EVC lead back to seven but the ‘Cats answered on another inside score from Goff and a three-point play from freshman Isaac Brown.

Suffle scorched the Wildcat defense for 17 points in the opening half, including a driving bucket with less than a minute to play to make it a seven-point lead once again, but Brown closed out the half with a trey for WCC to send the ‘Cats to intermission trailing 32-28.

After chasing the Eagles for almost all 16 minutes of the first half it took the Wildcats just seconds to pull even with EVC on baskets by Goff and Logan Huck to open the second half.

Yet another score off of an offensive rebound by David Johnson sent the Eagles back in front but Brown answered with a short jumper followed by a long triple to give the Wildcats their first lead since the opening minute of the game at 37-34.

The lead would trade back and forth some six times in the third quarter with a pair of freebies by Goff putting WCC in front 43-42 heading to the final period.

Goff gave Elk Valley a taste of its own medicine by scoring off an offensive rebound to open the fourth quarter and Huck followed with a bucket to give WCC a 47-42 lead.

Ernest dished out a game-high nine assists for Wood County and his driving lay up increased the lead to seven before Goff came up with a steal and Spencer finished on the other end to cap the 10-0 run and give the ‘Cats a 51-42 lead with six minutes to play.

Brown drained his third triple of the game to send the lead to double-digits and the Wildcats took care of business at the charity stripe the rest of the way to secure their 13th victory of the season.

“We just started making shots and were able to hit our free throws down the stretch,” said Ellis, whose team made 14-of-22 free throw attempts in the game, including nine-of-their last ten.

The win marked the second time in just over a month that the Wildcats downed the Eagles as they scored a 71-55 victory back in December at the Charleston Civic Center.

Goff filled out a rather impressive box score by coming up with four steals and four blocks in addition to his 23 points and 10 boards.

“They (Elk Valley) were a very physical team,” said Goff, who was joined in double figures by Brown’s 16.

“Our guards did a great job of getting me the ball and it was just a great team effort.”

Suffle led the way for the Eagles with a game-high 25 points while Elkins completed a double-double as well with 16 points and 17 rebounds.

Wood County Christian will next host Calvary on Tuesday night.

Girls

Wood County Christian 50, Elk Valley 40

The Wood County girls team opened the double header with a 50-40 victory over the Lady Eagles in a game very similar to the one played later on by the boys.

The Lady Wildcats out scored Elk Valley 12-2 in the final period to break open a 40-40 tie to register their ninth victory of the season in 14 tries.

The Lord twins led the way for WCC as Heather finished with a game-high 21 points while Hannah added 13 points, while leading her team with five assists and four steals.

Hannah Williams and Chelsea Burdette led the way for Elk Valley with 11 points apiece.

The WCC girls hit the road for a Tuesday night match up with Licking Christian.