It was time to bring out the shovels as Moorefield planted 34 points with eight 3-pointers in the second period burying the Cougars and prevented a ferocious climb out of the hole during the Hardy Boys Hardwood Classic finishing with a 69-56 victory in Baker last Friday.
“The second period was big. It started with Thomas [Williams], then carried over to everyone else hitting shots. We knew East Hardy was going to come out and play hard the second half and knew we were in for a battle,” Moorefield coach Scott Stutler commented.
“We didn’t handle their pressure very well and got in a lot of foul trouble, but came through at big times and got the win. Thomas Williams played another great game and got a couple big shots down the stretch. It’s definitely a win that we can learn a lot from. You need games like that to prepare you for the rest of the season.”
The first period was a close battle ending in a tie at 11 points apiece and the Yellow Jackets (4-1) swarmed ahead in the second period 45-21, but East Hardy (2-5) fought back in the trenches creating a 24-8 edge in the third stanza.
A scramble ensued to commence the game as the ball ricocheted down the court after the tip-off with East Hardy’s Adam Baker and Moorefield’s Chase Vance running after it with Baker coming up with the nugget passing to Seth Smith, but the Cougars failed to connect at the hoop and Vance snatched the board.