If the West Holmes Knights and Loudonville Redbirds had waged a 2-on-2 contest, it would have been one heck of a fun evening of basketball on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Loudonville High School.
However, games are played 5-on-5, and in the end a couple of Knights not involved with the 2-on-2 had some say in West Holmes’ 74-58 victory that sent the Knights to 2-0 on the year.
West Holmes featured the brother duo of Chase and Chance Wells while the Redbirds were flying high with Logan Fisher and Garrett Fry. Those four players accounted for a whopping 104 of the 132 points, a mind-boggling 79 percent of the evening’s points.
Chase Wells followed up his 20-point effort a night earlier in West Holmes’ 57-44 win over Orrville with a career-high 30-point performance on 12-of-17 shooting while his younger brother Chance drove home 24 points and added a game-high nine rebounds.
The Redbirds had quite a performance from Fisher and Fry, who both compiled 25 points apiece, Fisher canning three 3-pointers and Fry knocking down four of them.
However, the other Redbirds were only able to add eight points to their team’s cause while West Holmes got a boost from senior Bryce Myers, who tallied his second straight game of double-digit scoring with 12 points, also adding five rebounds. The Knights also got four points and seven rebounds from Shane Jones and a pair of points from Ethan Kinsey and Mekhi Johnson. Matthew Brightbill added six points for the Redbirds, adding a team-high six rebounds.
Just like it had done one night earlier, the Knights got a big-time first-quarter effort that set the table for the rest of the night. West Holmes churned out a 24-15 advantage and then made that hold up as the Redbirds crept one point closer at the half, trailing 38-30.
The start of the second half also belonged to West Holmes, which pushed its lead back out to double digits by outscoring Loudonville 17-11 in the third frame, and an evenly played final quarter saw the Knights make plenty of free throws down the stretch as once again they staved off any hope of a comeback.
“There are still a lot of things we have to work on, but it’s nice to see us sharing the ball and making plays,” West Holmes head coach Keith Troyer said. “We’re not very tall, so we have to have a group effort. It’s a good start for us.”
The Knights also made hay at the free throw line, where Chase Wells went 6-of-6. Myers drained all five of his free throws, and West Holmes was a blistering 13-of-14 on the night.
For West Holmes the victory took on what was perhaps a little more meaning. Two years ago West Holmes won a grand total of two games. Last year they took home a victory that exact same number of times.
This year it took the Knights all of two games into the season to match the win totals of the past two seasons, and they have done it with a pair of tremendous team efforts.