SPRINGFIELD – Urbana got off to a bit of a slow start, but did enough going forward to earn a 61-29 victory over Kenton Ridge in CBC/KTD boys basketball on Friday.
The Hillclimbers executed from the opening tip, but had a couple of good looks go wanting in the first quarter. After a period, they still led, 14-11.
“That was it. We were getting the looks we wanted early, but they weren’t necessarily falling and we missed a couple of easy ones,” UHS Coach Jeremy Dixon said.
The second quarter saw those baskets fall for Urbana, with the Cougars beginning to struggle. Kenton Ridge turned the ball over against a frantic Urbana defense, and missed a few good looks of its own. In fact, the home team scored only a singe point and saw the visitors race away to a 31-12 lead at the break. Urbana was working out of an extended zone for most of that stretch.
“The defense was good from the beginning and it was one of our better games that we put 32 minutes together,” Dixon said. “We’ve been (playing zone) a lot. We feel like it fits our personnel and it’s a work in progress, but it worked tonight.”
The teams traded buckets coming out of the intermission, but the Hillclimbers (8-5) shared the basketball well down the stretch and picked apart the Cougars inside.
Levi Boettcher, Riley Emmons and Kalen Howell each had 13 points to pace the Hillclimbers, while Jace Underwood finished with 11.
“I thought they did a good job with that. In a game like that, there’s sometimes a sense telling you to ‘get yours,’ but we didn’t have anybody doing that tonight,” Dixon said. “Even a couple of times, guys passed some things up they should have taken. So I was happy with the effort tonight.”
Urbana also prevailed in the jayvee game, 54-49. Grant Hower scored 12 points and Isaiah Fonseca had 10 for UHS.
Urbana gets a week off before hosting Indian Lake next Friday in a CBC crossover game.
Triad falls to NE
NORTH LEWISBURG – Northeastern beat Triad, 64-56, in OHC boys basketball Friday night.
Hadley LeVan led the Cardinals (4-6, 2-5) with 24 points.
Northeastern also won the jayvee and freshman games.
In 7th grade boys basketball, Ben Logan beat Urbana, 35-27. For UJHS (3-7), Aaron Norris had 13 points.
Ben Logan won the 8th grade boys game, 50-29. Nolan Smith had 14 points for UJHS (1-9).
Indian Lake defeated Graham, 23-17, in OT in 8th grade girls basketball. Lexi King had 7 points for GJHS.
Reach Justin Miller at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @UDC_Miller.