The Southwood boys basketball team got off to a good start Friday and never looked back as they defeated Whitko
Whitko would get the scoring going with a three before a Blake Martx free throw and a bucket from Peyton Trexler tied the score. Martz would the put the Knights up with two free throws before a second Whitko three made it 6-5. With Whitko up 8-7 Carson Blair would drain a long ball that started an 8-0 run for the Knights to grab a 15-8 lead. At 15-11 Blair would drain a three with just seconds remaining as the Knights led 18-11 after one.
Whitko would get the first points of the second quarter with Martz answering with a bucket. At 20-15 Blair would trade points with the Wildcats for a 22-16 lead before hitting two more free throws. At 24-18 Peyton Trexler would hit to start a 6-2 surge for the Knights as the lead grew to 30-20 before 4 straight by Whitko. Blake Martz would then drain a duece, followed by a free throw from Blair and a bucket from Harmon to increase the Knight lead to 35-24. Whitko cut the lead to 37-28 with 4 seconds remaining when Peyton Trexler took the in bounds pass and raced the court for a layup as time expired for a 39-28 halftime lead.
Southwood would come out in the third and build their lead to 47-33 off buckets from Trexler, Nose and Martz before the Wildcats scored 4 straight to make it 47-37. The Knights would then go to Harmon who hit twice and after a Brandin Frazier buclet led 53-38. The Knights led 55-40 after a Trexler bucket when Whitko finished the quarter on a 8-2 run to cut the Southwood lead to 57-48 after three.
Whitko would cut the lead to 57-50 to start the fourth when Carson Blair hit back to back, followed by Matthew Nose with a three and just like that the lead was 64-50. The Wildcats would answer with 4 straight to cut the deficit back to 10 at 64-54. At that point it was a total domination for the Knights as rebounds led to full court passes for layups as they closed the game out for the 75-64 win.
Leading the Knights was Peyton Trexler with 25 points. Carson Blair added 19, Alex Harmon 13, Blake Martz 9, Matthew Nose 8, Brandin Frazier 2.
After struggling in the first quarter to a 11-9 deficit, the JV Knights outscored the Whitko Wildcats 25 to 13 over the 2nd and 3rd Quarter to take a 10 point lead into the 4th. The Knights would hold that lead for most of the quarter and finally win by a 42-33 score.
Leading the Knights was Payton Ensor with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Paul Farlow added 9 points, Dallas Holmes and Ethan Roberts had 8 and Quentin Perry finished the scoring with 6. Austin Haynes made his home debut after battling a wrist injury from football. Austin didn’t score but played a great floor game upon his return.