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Senior Night can be an emotional time for the outgoing few who have poured themselves into what it takes to be a part of a basketball team.
For the West Holmes Knights boys basketball team, Chase Wells, Ethan Kinsey and Bryce Myers were the Knights seniors who were honored Tuesday, Feb. 20 at The Dungeon at West Holmes High School.
Junior teammate Shane Jones made sure Senior Night was something special, giving his senior mates quite a gift.
The seniors enjoyed their moment in the spotlight, and then they joined their teammates and went out and put on a clinic in blowing out Fairless 74-49.
The 74 points matched the high-water mark for the Knights this year, but the margin of victory was one that West Holmes hasn’t experienced for several seasons.
The ease of victory was certainly a change from the normal last-second wins and three or four-point victories the Knights have had to endure this year in moving to 7-14.
“That was fun to go out and win big on Senior Night,” Kinsey said.
While the margin of victory was 25 points, it wasn’t as simple as watching the Knights romp out to a monstrous lead and cruise to victory.
The game tilted the Knights’ way through a pair of nice runs. The first came late in the second quarter when West Holmes went on an 11-0 run that helped the Knights extend a two-point lead into a 38-25 halftime edge.
The Falcons then came out and went to work to get back into the game, carving into West Holmes’ lead and trimming their deficit to six points. That was when the Knights went on their second run, a 10-1 outburst from which Fairless was not able to recover.
The biggest catalyst for West Holmes was Jones, who tore apart the paint versus Fairless and could basically do no wrong in the win. The junior center proved to be nearly unstoppable, hitting 11-of-15 action shots for 24 points while hauling down a game-high 12 rebounds. Chase Wells added 15 points, five rebounds and five assists while Myers scored 13 points, had three assists and collected four steals. Chance Wells scored 11 points while Mekhi Johnson and Jacob Goudy scored four points. Kinsey also added three points.
While the Falcons struggled to score, Mason Degler did not. Degler poured in a game-high 28 points, scoring two-thirds of the Falcons’ points. He also drained four 3-pointers on the night and got eight points from Dawson Fortner.
“This feels really good, and we as seniors talked about wanting to make a statement in our last home game,” Kinsey said. “This whole season has been so much fun. We feel like we have been a part of turning the program around and getting it headed back in the right direction.”
While Chase Wells is completing his fourth year as a varsity Knight, both Myers and Kinsey are basically first-year varsity players. While both were short on experience, they have been crucial to the growth of this year’s team, and all three seniors’ effort and leadership has been invaluable.
“My dad told me that basically I’m a freshman because this is really my first year of playing varsity,” Kinsey said.
The season has been an odd one for West Holmes, which reeled off four early wins and then struggled mid-season. However, this marks the Knights’ second straight victory, and they have a date with Norwayne that they hope will help propel them into tournament play on a winning streak.