Blue Lions fall to Wilmington


By Bill Liermann - Wilmington News Journal



Washington High School junior Mitch Lotz (12) puts up a shot during a non-conference game at Wilmington High School Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Also pictured for Washington is senior Drew Moats (5).

Washington High School junior Mitch Lotz (12) puts up a shot during a non-conference game at Wilmington High School Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Also pictured for Washington is senior Drew Moats (5).


Elizabeth Clark | Wilmington News Journal

WILMINGTON — On Senior Night at Wilmington’s Fred Summers Court, the Wilmington High School boys basketball team eclipsed the 90-point barrier, defeating the Washington Blue Lions, 96-39 Thursday night.

With the win, WHS is 9-11 overall, with one game to be played.

Cam Coomer, one of three seniors recognized prior to game time, paced the Hurricane attack with 31 points, including 19 in the first half. Matt Butcher followed with 22 and connected for six treys.

Senior Chris Custis recorded a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds, and scoring 10 points, including a pair of treys. Senior Gabe Jones, also recognized before tip-off, was in the starting line-up and was one of eight players who recorded a three-pointer for the Hurricane.

For the Blue Lions, freshmen Tanner Lemaster scored 11 and Calum Brown added 10.

Wilmington jumped out to a commanding lead, scoring the first 14 points of the game, en route to a 29-7 first quarter advantage. Wilmington took a 46-18 halftime lead into the locker room. WHS doubled up on the Blue Lions, 24-12, in the third and led 70-30.

The Hurricane spread the offense around, as 13 players scored. They dialed in from long distance, making 19 three-pointers in the contest.

Wilmington’s first-year head coach feels his team is continuing to improve as it gets ready for the “second season.”

“We are continuing to improve and that’s what we are focused with,” Matt Kramer said. “In the bigger picture, we are trying to build on something here. Regarding the tournament, people have asked me about our seeding. Well, I realized a long time ago there’s no sense whining or crying about where you are seeded. We like our chances and we feel if we play well, good things can happen for us.”

In the junior varsity contest, shortened to just two quarters, Wilmington was victorious, 39-17.

The Blue Lions (0-22) play in the Sectional tournament Monday at 8 p.m. against the McClain Tigers at Southeastern High School near Chillicothe.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

W 7 11 12 9 — 39

Wil. 29 17 24 26 — 96

WILMINGTON — Butcher 2 (6)-0-22; Coomer 9 (4)-1-31; Jones 0 (1)-0-3; Custis 2 (2)-0-10; Baltizar 1-1-3; Bernhardt 1-0-2; Glass 0 (2)-0-6; Warix 0 (1)-0-3; Blessing 0 (1)-0-3; Miller 1-0-2; Barker 1 (1)-0-5, Reeder 1-1-3. TOTALS — 18 (19)-3-96. Three-point field goals: Butcher, 6; Coomer, 4; Custis, 2; Glass, 2; Jones, Warix, Blessing, Barker.

WASHINGTON — Brice Cartwright 0-0-0; Karson Runk 0-0-0; Moats 1-0-2; Trevin Brown 0-0-0; Mitch Lotz 1 (1)-0-; Calum Brown 2 (2)-0-10; Titus Lotz 1-0-2; Tanner Lemaster 5-1-11; Noah Hicks 0-4-4; Brayden May 0 (1)-0-3; Kylan Howard 1-0-2. TOTALS — 11 (4)-5-39. Three-point field goals: C. Brown, 2; M. Lotz, May.

Washington High School junior Mitch Lotz (12) puts up a shot during a non-conference game at Wilmington High School Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Also pictured for Washington is senior Drew Moats (5).
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2020/02/web1_Mitch-Lotz-.jpgWashington High School junior Mitch Lotz (12) puts up a shot during a non-conference game at Wilmington High School Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Also pictured for Washington is senior Drew Moats (5). Elizabeth Clark | Wilmington News Journal

By Bill Liermann

Wilmington News Journal