East Hardy Boys Basketball scorched the nets hitting a dozen perimeter shots and unleashed a relentless defensive attack to deliver a pounding on the Tygarts Valley Bulldogs 87-61 during the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament last Saturday in Baker.
“We played a really tough schedule and to get somebody back on our level, it is good to see how that tough schedule pays off. Page County was just tremendous and we turn around play Tygarts Valley, no disrespect to Tygarts Valley, but they aren’t as talented top to bottom as Page County. For us to be able to play that up-style and not make turnovers tonight was huge for us. We did a really good job of not turning the ball over and taking time to find the open man. Earlier in the season we were getting deep into traffic and not kicking it to the open guy. I am proud of how unselfish we were tonight, because we took good shots after a good pass. We worked hard in practice and it is good to see it pay off. To play in front of our home crowd is great,” East Hardy Boys Basketball coach Chris Hahn commented.
“I love playing in the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament. It is a lot of travel, but the problem with single A schools is we are all in the middle of nowhere. If you are going to play in a single A tournament, you are going to play in the middle of nowhere. We are going five hours to Buffalo next Saturday. When you agree to play in a tournament like this, it is what you take on. I am super proud of the HIT Tournament. It has done a tremendous job spotlighting our single A student-athletes. This tournament does a great job of showcasing our athletes and we get to play in different gyms around the state.”
Tygarts Valley took the opening tip-off and the ball was stolen by Justin Teets for the Cougars moments before a jump ball and Bulldogs foul.
The scoring started with a jumper by East Hardy’s Andrew Tharp off an assist from Christian Dove, then Seth Smith stole the ball and Dove nailed a 3-pointer for a 5-nil lead at the 7:03 mark.
Dove swiped the ball before being called for a walk, then Tharp snatched a defensive rebound prior to a scramble for a loose ball with Teets diving and corralling the ball on the floor redirecting it to Dawson Price for a jumper in the paint at the 6:25 mark.
In JV action, East Hardy edged the Bulldogs by a score of 65-62 with Noah Lang guiding the Cougars with 19 points, followed by Riley Mongold with 13 points and Brayden Ritchie with a dozen markers.