Prep Basketball

THS boys struggle against West, but still win

Hardin finishes with 24 points, Hay stays as state’s top postman with 236 boards
By Dennis Smathers | Jan 10, 2013
Photo by: Jeremiah Stanton Rich Tuscola senior Logan Hardin goes under the basket to score two points.

The Tuscola varsity basketball team almost fell into the “the mother of all traps.”
And head coach Nathan Messer is sure glad his team woke up from their slumber and erased a two-point deficit (48-46)  at the end of the third quarter to rally and beat visiting West Henderson, 65-57, Tuesday night.
The Mountaineers improved to 13-2 and 5-0 in the WNCAC, while the Falcons slipped to 2-9 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
Coming off an emotional victory against their cross-county rival Pisgah four days prior, Tuscola came out flat and lethargic  against West Henderson.
The Mountaineers took a 22-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, but allowed the Falcons back in the game and saw their lead shrink to three, 35-32, by halftime.
In front of a sparse and quiet home crowd, Tuscola couldn’t seem to shake the cobwebs in the third quarter as the Falcons took the measure of a normally prolific Tuscola offense and outscored the Mountaineers, 16-11, to take the two point advantage going in to the final eight minutes.
But it was senior guard Logan Hardin (six steals, six rebounds) helped to spark the comeback to finish with a game-high 24 points. Senior Thomas Hay recorded his 12th double-double of the season after her scored 14 points and pulled down 12 boards, which kept him on top of the list among the state’s rebounders.
Hay has pulled down a state-best 236 rebounds (126 on the defensive end and 107 on the offensive end).
Senior Aaron Westhusing chipped in 10 points, senior Kendrall Harlan added six points and junior Woody Cornwall scored seven points.
Senior Zach Bell led West Henderson with 16 points.
The Mountaineers will stay in the WNCAC tonight, hosting East Henderson.