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Gradual begin results in intestine verify as Cee-Bees win part semifinal over Wooden County

BLACKSVILLE — Regardless of half a yr’s price of practices and almost two dozen video games, Clay-Battelle boys basketball coach Josh Kisner believes his group’s actual 2023-24 season truly started Wednesday night time, because the top-seeded Cee-Bees hosted No. 4 Wooden County Christian within the a Class A Area 1 Part 2 semifinal.

And as if to show his level, the 8-13 Wildcats — losers by 41 factors to CB earlier within the yr — roared out to a somewhat astonishing 11-2 first-quarter lead.

Nonetheless, additionally it is true that expertise, measurement, conditioning, expertise and a calmness that follows success often prevails, and all these arduous months of labor ready the Cee-Bees to reply — and so they did that after which some, outscoring WCC 71-16 the remainder of the best way to submit an ultimately snug, 73-27 victory.

It would’ve been that earlier straightforward win, amassed rust from an eight-day hole between video games, or Wooden Nation Christian’s good slow-down technique to begin the sport, or perhaps all three: regardless of the cause, the Cee-Bees (18-5) started with three straight turnovers and a poor fast shot. By the point the clock turned to 4:21 left within the quarter, CB trailed 11-2, prompting a Kisner timeout.

“I obtained after them a bit bit,” he smiled after the sport. “Simply reminded them that they needed to exit and play arduous, that from right here on out, issues get powerful as a result of groups are taking part in to remain alive. And I reminded them that we play finest after we play with tempo.”

Message acquired, as CB ahead Preston Luzader attacked the rim for an and-one three-point play, then blocked a shot, picked up the free ball, and fed guard JC Spears for a quick break lay-up to get the Cee-Bee devoted into the sport. By quarter’s finish, the rating was tied at 18-18 and, unbeknownst to the Wildcats, the sport was about to be taken over and brought away, largely by the Cee-Bee’s protection and their all-atate ahead Colby Barr.

With a pair of swished threes, a stick-back offensive rebound basket and a foul shot, the senior rapidly outscored WCC 9-2 halfway by the quarter, and when Spears nailed a late triple, that 11-2 deficit had – due to CB’s 16-3 second quarter, morphed right into a 34-21 halftime lead.

It was Barr once more within the third, together with that sharp CB defensive stress, strong rebounding, and lethal transition recreation, that allowed the Cee-Bees to ascertain full management. Barr scored 16 within the quarter on his approach to a game-high 33, and WCC might solely handle a single subject purpose whereas surrendering 26 factors. Clay-Battelle’s subs even restricted the Wildcats to 4 factors within the ultimate quarter, as Kisner took benefit of the massive result in relaxation his starters.

Alongside Barr’s large night time, Spears scored 14 and Luzader scored 11 regardless of tweaking an ankle within the third.

After the sport, Kisner was blissful along with his group’s response, in addition to the dear lesson discovered.

“I informed all of them week that it’s March Insanity time,” he insisted. “However speaking doesn’t work almost in addition to having a hungry group with gameplan come out and play higher than you for some time. It was a intestine verify for us, and a reminder that we’ve to go together with our energy, which is taking part in an up-tempo model.

“We obtained to our recreation ultimately,” he continued, “and in the long run, we assured ourselves two extra video games, which was our purpose. We simply want to return out able to get off to a sooner begin and hold executing our offense. Doddridge County (which beat Tyler Consolidated to maneuver on to the sectional ultimate) will probably be a dogfight for certain, however we’re wanting ahead to the problem.”

Clay-Battelle hosts the Sectional Championship recreation in opposition to Doddridge County Friday night time, tip scheduled for 7 p.m.

BY MARK SCHRAF/For The Dominion Put up

Clay-Battelle 73, Wooden County Christian 27
WCC       18     3      2    4   –  27
CB           18    16   26   13  – 73
WOOD COUNTY CHRISTIAN (8-14) — Luke Davis 0 2-2 2; JJ Dimit 2 0-0 5; Brendan Greene 1 0-0 2; Eli Christman 3 0-0 7; Owen Allman 2 2-2 6; Braeyn Joseph 2 0-0 4; Landon Dunn  0 1-2 1. Totals 10 5-6 27.
CLAY-BATTELLE (18-5) — Josiah Morgan 2 0-0 5; JC Spears 6 0-0 14; Braden Ponceroff 1 1-2 3; Brock White 0 1-2 1; Cayden Moats 1 0-0 2;  Cooper Payton 2 0-0 4; Colby Barr 11 8-10 33; Preston Luzader 3 5-5 11. Totals 26 15-19 73.
3-Pt. Targets – WCC 2 (Dimit, Christman). CB 6 (Barr 3, Spears 2, Morgan).