• Fast start helps Crater boys roll past Ashland

    Comets outscore Grizzlies 17-0 in opening period, lead 30-8 at half
  • CENTRAL POINT — It must have seemed like a long opening period for Ashland first-year boys basketball coach Jeff Schlecht.

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  • CENTRAL POINT — It must have seemed like a long opening period for Ashland first-year boys basketball coach Jeff Schlecht.
    The Grizzlies failed to score in the opening eight minutes and trailed 17-0 before making their first basket.
    Crater used the the big early margin and capitalized on the play of centers Jacob Hintemeyer and Conner Lane en route to a 56-33 home victory Tuesday.
    The Comets led 30-8 at halftime.
    "We forced some tough shots and played well in our half-court defense in the first half," said Crater coach Glenn Johannes. "We got some easy looks in transition."
    Ashland turned things around in the second half but couldn't overcome the large first-half deficit.
    The Grizzlies (3-2) outscored Crater 12-8 in the third period.
    "They played aggressive in the third quarter and got some good opportunities," said Johannes. "Then we responded in the fourth quarter."
    Hintemeyer tossed in a game-high 17 points while Lane added 14 points and seven rebounds. The pair combined for seven offensive boards.
    "They did a good job crashing the glass and finished well around the rim," said Johannes.
    Point guard Dyan Morgan dished out seven assists for the Comets.
    Collin Malcolm, a junior forward, scored 12 points to lead Ashland.
    "We picked our situations when we push the ball and only had four turnovers in the first half," said Johannes. "We did not stay disciplined for the full 32 minutes."
    ASHLAND (33) — Pruitt 4, Layton 0, Harfst 3, Fredrickson 3, Hasskamp 2, Feinberg 0, Byers 0, W. Stanley 7, Crenshaw 0, G. Stanley 4, Malcolm 12 Jones 0. Totals: 14 3-3 33.
    CRATER (56) — Hintemeyer 17, Morgan 2, Pomeroy 0, Asher 3, Jaasko 4, Lane 14, Reiter 2, Davis 0, Orozco 8, Gustafson 4. Totals: 23 10-14 56.
    Ashland 0 8 12 13 — 33
    Crater 15 15 8 18 — 56
    3-point goals — Ashland 4 (Malcolm 1, Stanley 1, Fredrickson 1, Harfst 1).
    JV result — Crater won.
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