The Miami Trace Panthers hosted the Clinton-Massie Falcons Friday for the final time as South Central Ohio League rivals.
After a close first quarter, Miami Trace pulled ahead in the second on their way to a 70-53 victory.
Miami Trace, now 11-2 overall, 7-0 atop the SCOL, was led by senior Blake Pittser with 22 points.
Senior DeAndre Pettiford scored 19, junior Darby Tyree had nine and senior Tyrae Pettiford scored 8.
Tyrae Pettiford was the game’s leading rebounder with 10.
Tyree had nine rebounds for the Panthers and DeAndre Pettiford had seven.
For the Falcons, now 3-10 overall, 1-7 in the SCOL, sophomore Thomas Myers and senior Noah Greathouse shared top scoring honors, each with 17 points.
Junior Trey Uetrecht scored eight and Griffin Cook added five.
Uetrecht led the Falcons with eight rebounds, Myers had seven and Cook six.
Before a very large crowd on Military Appreciation Night (it was also youth cheerleader night with 87 girls in grades K-5 helping to cheer on the Panthers), the game began with a 6-1 start for Miami Trace.
The Falcons took their first lead of the night when senior Nick Chowning hit a three-point basket.
The lead changed hands again with Pittser hitting a three (12-11), the Falcons scoring (13-12) and Panthers’ senior Mitchell Creamer also draining a three. The Falcons tied the game, 15-15 before the Panthers took the lead, for good, with 2:09 to play in the opening quarter.
Miami Trace led 19-16 after one complete.
The second quarter saw the Panthers have their best offensive and defensive frame, outscoring the Falcons, 27-11 to take a 46-27 lead.
The Panthers built a lead of as many as 28 points, 62-34, with 2:30 to play in the third quarter.
After three, Miami Trace led, 62-40.
The fourth quarter saw the Falcons outscore the Panthers, 13-8 for what would be the final, 70-53.
“It was difficult for us to build a lead as quick as we have been,” Miami Trace head coach Rob Pittser said. “We backed off of the full-court pressure a little bit. I felt like they are athletic enough and have enough ball skill; they are not an easy team to trap.
“We focused more tonight on what we did in the half-court,” Pittser said. “We switched back and forth with some man and zone. We tried to keep the ball in front of us and not allow a random breakdown situation.
“We had a solid lead at the half,” Pittser said. “I’ve got to do a better job of teaching our kids how to finish games when we get that 25-point lead. All-in-all, it was a good night.”
“We came out and were down three at the end of the first quarter,” Clinton-Massie head coach Todd Cook said. “And they were shooting lights out. I thought in the first half, they hardly missed anything at all. They exploded in the second quarter and we didn’t do a good job. I wanted to look at going to some type of zone, but, they jumped ahead so quick, I knew they would just be holding the basketball.
“We had a very tough night stopping the basketball,” Cook said. “We did not do a good job with that. They’re a great team, so, they’re going to find the person who comes to rotate and the guy that’s open. And, they hit their shots tonight. They’re a well-coached team.”
Miami Trace is back in action with a big game at home Tuesday against two-time defending SCOL champions Wilmington. The freshman game starts at 4:45 p.m.
Clinton-Massie is at home Saturday against Blanchester, starting with the freshman game at 4:45 p.m.
Elsewhere in the SCOL Friday, Chillicothe beat Washington, 69-51, Wilmington got by McClain, 44-38 and Hillsboro edged East Clinton, 57-55.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
MT 19 27 16 8 — 70
C-M 16 11 13 13 — 53
MIAMI TRACE — Blake Pittser 3 (4)-4-22; DeAndre Pettiford 9-1-19; Darby Tyree 3 (1)-0-9; Tyrae Pettiford 4-0-8; Mitchell Creamer 1 (1)-0-5; Cameron Carter 1-2-4; Seth Leach 1-1-3; Jacob Batson 0-0-0; Keondrick Bryant 0-0-0. TOTALS — 22 (6)-8-70. Free throw shooting: 8 of 14 for 57 percent. Three-point field goals: Pittser, 4; Tyree, Creamer. Combined field goal shooting: 28 of 62 for 45 percent. Three-point field goal shooting: 6 of 17 for 35 percent. Rebounds: 36 (10 offensive). Assists: 11. Steals: 18. Blocks: 3. Turnovers: 17. Personal fouls: 11. Bench points: 9. Second chance points: 12. Points off turnovers: 21.
CLINTON-MASSIE — Thomas Myers 7 (1)-0-17; Noah Greathouse 4 (3)-0-17; Trey Uetrecht 3-2-8; Griffin Cook 1 (1)-0-5; Nick Chowning 1-2-4; Daulton Wolfe 0-1-1; Christopher Demler 0-1-1; Bailey Leforge 0-0-0. TOTALS — 16 (5)-6-53. Free throw shooting: 6 of 14 for 42 percent. Three-point field goals: Greathouse, 3; Myers, Cook. Combined field goal shooting: 21 of 52 for 40 percent. Three-point field goal shooting: 5 of 16 for 31 percent. Rebounds: 33 (10 offensive). Assists: 13. Steals: 7. Blocks: 1. Turnovers: 27. Personal fouls: 16. Bench points: 2. Second chance points: 8. Points off turnovers: 11.
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