The Vikings incinerated the perimeter basket 13 times en route to burning Moorefield for an 81-68 victory in Petersburg on Tuesday night.
Petersburg unleashed seven 3-pointers in the opening frame for a 28-10 lead and went into the locker room doubling up on the Yellow Jackets 44-22, but Moorefield didn’t back down by dialing nine long distances shots including eight in the second half to take a 46-37 advantage which not enough to erase the deficit.
Starting the game for Moorefield: Chase Vance, Brent Moran, Blake Watts, Thomas Williams and Ben O’Neill.
Petersburg started the game with: Trad Harman, Tyce Wisnewski, Hunter Pool, Jacob Halterman and Kahner Turner.
“We spent a lot of time working on our shooting yesterday. Our shooting has been struggling a little bit. We have some good shooters, just had to get some work in. Trad [Harman] started off hot and Tyce [Wisnewski] started off hot,” Petersburg Coach Todd Heare commented.
“We had nine at the end of the first half. That’s pretty tough, great shooting tonight. I tried to let the boys know we are shooting the ball well, but you can’t constantly rely on the 3-pointer. You’ve got to attack the basket and we got a little stagnant in the end of third period and beginning of the fourth letting our lead slip away a little. We played hard and got up in them. [Thomas] Williams and [Chase] Vance hit tough three’s and shot the ball excellent. They’re great shooters, that’s for sure. I was pleased with our intensity with one man down, we had two JV guys step up and give me minutes in the first and second half.”
Both teams were without key players as the Yellow Jackets missed senior Garett Haggerty and Petersburg didn’t have Peyton Sindledecker as both were out due to illness.
The Vikings (8-10) opened the game with a 3-pointer by Tyce Wisnewski at 7:16 after Moorefield (3-17) missed two opportunities with rebounds by O’Neill and Pool.
Pool and Vance made defensive rebounds, then Moran scored on a layup at 6:16.
Williams stole the ball and dished to Watts on the breakaway as the Yellow Jackets took a 4-3 lead at 5:56.
Watts dove at a loose ball, but Pool recovered it and passed to Halterman, who was fouled by Williams and made one free throw to tie the game.
The Vikings took the lead for good at the 5:23 mark as Halterman netted a layup after a rebound by Pool.
Pool snatched another defensive board and Halterman made a save along the baseline with the pass going out to Wisnewski for a 3-pointer.
Wisnewski collected a defensive rebound, but the Vikings fumbled the ball out of bounds.
Moran cut into the paint for a layup to make it 9-6 at the 3:48 mark.
Halterman created a turnover and went in for a layup nine seconds later.
O’Neill located Williams for an assist on a jumper as Moorefield cut it to 11-8 at 3:22.
Petersburg responded with a trey by Harman.
Watts grabbed an offensive rebound and missed, then Pool took the ensuing board and walked.
Harman swiped the ball and nailed a 3-pointer for a 17-8 advantage with 2:24 left in the first period.
Moorefield hit the rim and the Vikings were back in business on a carom hauled in by Jamie Vance leading to a trifecta by Wisnewski at the two-minute mark.
Harman collected a defensive board and passed to Halterman going in for a layup.
Moran snatched an offensive rebound and assisted O’Neill for a shot, 22-10 with 32 seconds to go.
Harman sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a Yellow Jacket turnover to put the Vikings up 28-10 at the end of the initial frame.