The Washington Blue Lions hosted the Logan Elm Braves in a non-league match-up Tuesday at Washington High School.
Perennially one of the best programs in the Southeast District, the Braves came away with a 60-48 win over the Blue Lions.
Logan Elm (4-1) had three players in double figures in scoring, led by senior Ridge Young with 20.
Senior Caymen Bryant scored 16, including four of his team’s eight three-point field goals.
Junior Cody Anderson scored 12, including two three-point baskets.
Senior Jarett Patton led the Blue Lions with 17 points. He hit four of Washington’s six three-point field goals.
Sophomore Dillon Steward scored 16 points.
The first bucket was a three-point field goal by Logan Elm’s Anderson.
Logan Elm would go on to lead the entire ball game.
Kenny Upthegrove hit a pair of free throws for Washington to make it 3-2.
Washington got to within one point again after the teams traded baskets.
On this night, the Braves seemed to always have an answer to any challenge by Washington.
It was 8-7, Braves after an old-fashioned three-point play by Steward.
Logan Elm led 12-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The Braves led by as many as 12 points as the two squads both scored 13 points in the second quarter.
Logan Elm held a 25-20 halftime lead as Patton hit a three-point basket at the buzzer for the Blue Lions.
In the third quarter, Logan Elm made six field goals, four of which went for three points.
Meanwhile, the Blue Lions had four field goals in the third quarter, two of those counting for three points.
The Braves won the frame, 19-10 to take a 44-30 lead heading into quarter No. 4.
Logan Elm led by as many as 17 points and as few as 12, which ended up being the final margin of victory.
The Braves’ 2-3 zone affected Washington’s play Tuesday night.
In addition, several of the Blue Lions’ 17 turnovers resulted in uncontested lay-ups for the Braves.
“As soon as we turned the ball over a couple of times, they stayed in it (the zone),” Washington head coach Shannon Bartruff said. “We just have to keep getting better. Our guards are just not making good decisions, at times, and that’s my responsibility.
“I thought we did a good job in the second half of attacking their zone,” Bartruff said. “They actually came out of it a little bit more. When they get a lead, they normally go zone. It’s harder to run a set; it’s harder to get quick shots; it kind of slows the pace down when you have a lead, which is smart basketball.
“I thought our passing and cutting was better in the second half against their zone,” Bartruff said. “We just have to continue to make better decisions.
“I felt like we were fairly effective against Ridge, but he still had 20 points,” Bartruff said. “They’re a well-coached team, they played hard and they are (fundamentally sound).”
“I was just happy that we had different guys at different times do some scoring,” Logan Elm head coach Doug Stiverson said. “Ridge has kind of been carrying the load for us. We had some different guys step up, including Cody Anderson early in the first half and Caymen Bryant in the second half. It’s important that we have some balance.
“We have to do a better job of handling the pressure,” Stiverson said. “For the most part, I thought it was a solid game for us tonight.”
Logan Elm is at Bloom Carroll Thursday and will host Miami Trace Friday.
Washington (4-2 overall, 3-1 SCOL) has two games to wrap up the 2016 portion of their schedule.
The Blue Lions play at St. Francis DeSales High School in a holiday tournament Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 2:30 p.m. against Marion Harding.
Washington will play DeSales Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 6 p.m.
The Blue Lions return home Friday, Jan. 6 to host Clinton-Massie.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
W 7 13 10 18 — 48
LE 12 13 19 16 — 60
WASHINGTON — Dillon Steward 4 (1)-5-16; Jarett Patton 2 (4)-1-17; Evan Upthegrove 2 (1)-0-7; Kory Proby 2-0-4; Kenny Upthegrove 0-2-2; Blaise Tayese 0-2-2; Richard Burns Jr. 0-0-0. TOTALS — 10 (6)-10-48. Free throw shooting: 10 of 14 for 71 percent. Three-point field goals: Patton, 4; Steward, E. Upthegrove. Field goal shooting: 16 of 40 for 40 percent. Turnovers: 17.
LOGAN ELM — Seth McDonald 1-0-2; Kamry Wright 0 (1)-0-3; Ridge Young 6 (1)-5-20; Cody Anderson 2 (2)-2-12; Justin Boldoser 0-0-0; Colin Clark 3-0-6; Logan Holbert 0-1-1; Caymen Bryant 2 (4)-0-16. TOTALS — 14 (8)-8-60. Free throw shooting: 8 of 9 for 89 percent. Three-point field goals: Bryant, 4; Anderson, 2; Wright, Young. Field goal shooting: 22 of 50 for 44 percent. Turnovers: 11.
Braves win j-v game over Blue Lions
In the j-v game Tuesday, Logan Elm defeated Washington, 41-27.
Garitt Leisure led the Blue Lions with 10 points.
Logan Elm’s Evan Huffman was the game’s top scorer with 18 points.
He hit four of his team’s six three-pointers.
Also for Washington, Miguel O’Flaherty scored six points, Trevor Rarick had five points, Gabe Arazo hit a three-point field goal for three points, Drew Moats scored two and Ross Matthews scored one.
Washington is now 2-4 overall, 2-3 in the SCOL.
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