Warriors breeze past Meigs, 68-27

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times Warren’s Seth Dennis (30) guards Meigs’ Nick Lilly during a high school boys basketball game Friday in Vincent.

VINCENT — Once Warren got going, there was nothing Meigs could do.

The Warriors used a 19-2 run in the third quarter to pull away from the Marauders en route to a 68-27 victory Friday night. The win puts Warren at 2-1 on the year with Fort Frye visiting Tuesday.

“We picked up the intensity,” said Warren head coach Blane Maddox, who won his 300th career game Tuesday at Athens. “We talked about jumping the lanes. We were so worried about playing against a zone that we froze up defensively and got slow-footed. We wanted to get up the line and get some easy buckets so we could get out and run a little bit.”

And run, they did.

Overall, Warren recorded 19 steals and forced Meigs into 29 turnovers. After shooting just 33 percent (9 for 27) in the first half, the Warriors knocked down 18 of 34 shots (53 percent) in the second half.

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times Warren’s Brett Gandee (10) guards Meigs’ Wesley Smith during a high school boys basketball game Friday in Vincent.

“Meigs came in short-handed,” Maddox said.

“The second half we were fortunate to be able to turn them over. We’ve still got a long way to go.”

After leading Warren with 25 points against the Bulldogs earlier this week, senior Josh Huffman scored 23 more points Friday to go along with a game-high nine rebounds and four assists.

His fastbreak dunk midway through the third quarter made it a 21-point game.

Meigs trailed 18-4 early in the second quarter before back-to-back 3-pointers by Jake Roush cut it to 18-10. Warren stretched its lead to 28-13 at halftime, but Nick Lilly’s triple brought the Marauders within 12 early in the third

That’s when Warren turned it on, scoring 19 of the game’s next 21 points, to make the score 47-18 and all but ensure the win.

Jared Hall tallied 15 points and grabbed three steals for the Warriors. Seth Dennis added 10 points and Troy Huck scored nine.

Warren went 7 for 24 from beyond the 3-point arc Friday. Hall hit three, Dennis made two and Huck and Bryce Knost knocked down one apiece. With opponents collapsing inside in an effort to stop Huffman, Maddox is hoping his team can make them pay from outside.

“It was nice for (Hall) to step out there and hit those,” Maddox said. “Josh is going to get a lot of attention inside and those guys out there are going to get free shots.”

Meigs was led by Roush’s nine points on three 3s. The Marauders were 10 for 33 (30.3 percent) from the floor. Warren held a 31-20 rebound advantage.

NOTE: Maddox was honored prior to the game for reaching the 300-win mark. Warren assistant coach Terry Coffman briefly addressed the crowd, noting that Maddox has averaged around 20 wins the last five years on the way to 300. “That’s pretty good,” Coffman said.