The preseason favorites in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference, the Lynchburg Clay Mustangs, continued their path of destruction through teams in Adams County on Tuesday, Dec. 8 as they played host to the West Union Dragons. The Mustangs, fresh off a 78-48 thrashing of Manchester the previous Friday night, were dominant again on Tuesday night on their home court as they led from start to finish in handing the still winless Dragons an 82-49 defeat.
“There is a reason Lynchburg was picked to win the conference, they’re that good,” said West Union head coach Josh White. “We didn’t handle the ball well and we didn’t rebound well and when you do that against a good team, they make you pay for it.”
“Lynchburg made us pay for it tonight.”
The Mustangs came out of the gate quickly, jumping out to a 12-2 lead. The offensive onslaught for the home team continued and by the end of the first quarter they had things well in hand, leading 29-8.
In the second period, the Dragons got a pair of three-pointers, one by D.J. Welch and another by Garrett Vogler, but a basket by Jared Fenton was their only other score in the eight-minute span. Meanwhile, the Mustangs continued to roll, getting four baskets from junior River Mullins to extend their lead to 47-16 at the intermission.
The West Union offense made a much better showing after the break, scoring more points in third quarter than they had in the entire first half. Three-pointers by Vogler and Craig Horton, and two baskets each from J.J. Kramer and Andrew Weeks fueled the Dragons who made some progress and were only outscored 21-17 in the third, trailing now 68-33.
Though far from any chance of victory, the Dragons spread the wealth in the final period, with six different players denting the scoring column. The damage from beyond the arc continued as West Union got three-point goals from Horton and Eli Fuller, plus two more buckets from Kramer and outscored the Mustangs, who used their bench liberally in the final eight minutes, 16-14. leaving the final score at 82-49 in favor of the now 4-0 Mustangs.
The unbeaten Mustangs were led in scoring by Mullins, who tallied 18 points, and also got double figure efforts from Eric McLaughlin (11), Devin Pierson (11), and Joe Giordano (10). Twelve different players on the Lynchburg roster scored in the game.
West Union did not get anyone in double figures, but they had four players score 8 points each-D.J. Welch, Garrett Vogler, J.J.Kramer, and Craig Horton. Eli Fuller added 6. The Dragons also drilled 7 three-pointers in the loss.
Still looking for that first win of the 2015-16 campaign, the Dragons (0-4) will be back on their home court on Friday , Dec. 11, when they will host county rival North Adams in SHAC action before what should be a full house. West Union will come right back on Saturday afternoon and board the bus for a road game at New Boston.
WUHS 8 8 17 16 —49
LCHS 29 18 21 14 —82
WUHS (49): Welch 3 0-0 8, Fuller 2 1-2 6, Vogler 2 2-3 8, McCarty 1 0-0 2, Kramer 4 0-0 8, Horton 3 0-0 8, Weeks 2 0-0 4, Fenton 2 1-2 5, Team 19 4-7 49.
LCHS (82): Goble 2 1-2 5, Blankenship 0 4-4 4, Storer 1 0-0 2, McLaughlin 5 0-0 11, Scott 1 0-0 2, Barton 1 0-0 3, Mullins 8 2-2 18, Pierson 4 3-4 11, Ahrmann 2 1-4 5, Giordano 5 0-0 10, Ryan 1 1-2 3, Inman 4 0-0 8, Team 34 12-18 82.
WUHS- Welch 2, Fuller 1, Vogler 2, Horton 2
LCHS- McLaughlin 1, Barton 1