ASHTON, W.Va. — A sign of growth.
The Hannan boys basketball team took it to the visiting Sherman Tide early on, but the Tide walked away with a 67-62 victory over the Wildcats on Monday night in Mason County.
Hannan (2-4) fought hard throughout the contest, but Sherman held on late to seal the victory.
After an opening basket from Sherman’s Caleb Duncan, the Wildcats went on a 9-0 run — led by five points from Isaiah Burgess — early in the first quarter. The Tide collected itself late in the period, but the Blue and White led 15-10 after the first quarter of play.
The Hannan offense continued to shine with a three from Corey Hudnall early in the second quarter. Both teams continued to trade baskets, until Sherman took control of the contest with a 12-1 run — led by Bailey Kirk’s nine points — to end the first half. The Tide led 27-24 lead going into the break.
Despite six turnovers, Sherman outrebounded the home team 20-to-6 in the first 16 minutes — with 13 rebounds coming in the second quarter. The Wildcats had more field goal successes, making 9-of-20 (45 percent). Sherman finished the first half shooting 10-of-29 (34 percent).
Duncan gave Sherman its first points of the second half with a three-pointer. Chase Nelson netted a lay-up for the Blue and White at the 6:27 mark for Hannan’s first points of the quarter. Tyler Pettry led Sherman on a 7-0 run late in the period. Dalton Coleman’s four successful free throws late in the quarter kept Hannan in the game, but the visitors took a 46-38 into the finale.
The Tide increased their lead in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter with a 7-1 run. Hannan fired back with a 8-2 run — led by four points from Burgess — in the middle of the period to regain some lost momentum for the home team. The Wildcats made up a bit of the deficit from free throw shooting down the stretch, but Kirk’s 12 points in the quarter kept the Tide out in front.
The Wildcats finished the game shooting 22-of-32 free throws (68 percent), while the Tide shot 23-of-47 from the field (48 percent). Sherman had a 34-14 rebound advantage over Hannan, but the Blue and White only had turnovers in the contest. Sherman turned the ball over nine times.
“We don’t like moral victories, but our team is ten times better,” Hannan coach Ross Thornton said. “They’re coming in and working hard. Eight of our 14 players are freshmen and they really work hard. I wish we would’ve won the game, but they’re working hard and I think we’ve got a bright future.”
Burgess led the Wildcats with 22 points, followed by Coleman with 21 points. Hudnall finished with 13 points. Nelson had three points, while Ryan Gerlach and Malachi Cade had two points and one point respectively for Hannan.
Kirk led the Tide with a game-high 28 points. Will Hensley followed with 11 points, while Pettry finished with nine points. Duncan netted seven points, followed by Jacob Maynor with six points. Blake Nelson had five points, while Chris Layton contributed one point for Sherman.
The Wildcats will travel to Rose Hill Christian on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106