ASHTON, W.Va. — An indoor cat fight.
Visiting Meadow Bridge used a 25-10 third quarter run to ultimately secure a 91-71 decision over the Hannan boys basketball team on Thursday night in a non-conference battle between Wildcats in Mason County.
Host Hannan (7-13) was playing in its third game in four days and was also on the tail end of a back-to-back after dropping a 68-50 decision at Buffalo just 24 hours earlier.
Those things didn’t factor in much during a very competitive first half, but the week’s grind certainly caught up to HHS out of the second half gates.
Leading 42-38 at the break, MBHS (9-11) made a 14-5 surge that turned a tightly-contested two-possession contest into a comfortable 59-43 cushion with 2:31 remaining in the third.
Andrew Gillispie hit a basket 10 seconds later, allowing Hannan to pull back to within 14 points — but the hosts were never closer in the canto as Meadow Bridge reeled off an 8-3 run to take a 67-48 edge into the finale.
Zack Yates capped a small 8-5 run with two free throws, which gave the guests their largest lead of the night at 75-53 with 6:24 left in regulation.
Hannan trimmed the lead down to 12 points on three different occasions in the final five minutes, with the last dozen-point deficit coming after a Dalton Coleman basket made it an 83-71 contest with 1:37 remaining.
Meadow Bridge ended regulation with eight consecutive points to wrap up the 20-point outcome.
The guests took a 22-19 lead through eight minutes of play, then made a 13-3 run over the opening three minutes of the second canto en route to a 35-22 edge. The hosts, however, countered with a 16-7 charge that pulled the deficit back to within four points entering halftime.
HHS made a dozen trifectas and hit 26 total field goals in the contest. Hannan was also 7-of-14 at the free throw line for 50 percent.
Coleman led the hosts with 27 points, with 17 of those coming in the first half. Hudnall was next with 20 points, followed by Malachi Cade and Gillispie respectively adding 12 points and nine markers.
Logan Nibert chipped in two points and Chandler Starkey wrapped up the scoring with one point. Coleman and Hudnall also hit five trifectas each in the setback.
Meadow Bridge hit four of its 32 total field goals from behind the arc and also went 23-of-32 at the charity stripe for 72 percent.
Yates paced the guests with a game-high 38 points, which included 14 two-point field goals and a 10-of-11 effort at the stripe.
Kobe Rozell and Willis Woods were next with 16 points apiece, while Jared Gladwell and Dustin Clere respectively contributed 10 and seven markers. Lukas Stephens completed the winning tally with four points.
Hannan completes regular season action on Tuesday when it hosts Mountain State Christian at 7 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.