Visiting Zane Trace takes SVC contest from Westfall

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Zane Trace 57, Westfall 49
Inside-outside options and a sizable first half rebounding advantage
helped the Zane Trace High Pioneers to a 57-49 road win over the
Westfall Mustangs Friday evening in Scioto Valley Conference action. Gabe Haynes posted a double-double for the Pioneers of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Beau Dailey had 12 points and five rebounds.


WILLIAMSPORT — Inside-outside options and a sizable first half rebounding advantage helped the Zane Trace High Pioneers to a 57-49 road win over the Westfall Mustangs Friday evening in Scioto Valley Conference action.

“Rebounding was a huge advantage for them in the first half,” Westfall coach Kent Wolfe said. “They got a lot of second and third chances and took advantage of them.

“They also have good inside-outside threats and we really don’t have those type of players.”

Gabe Haynes posted a double-double for the Pioneers of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Beau Dailey had 12 points and five rebounds.

“We knew we had a do a good job rebounding the basketball,” Zane Trace coach Bryan Alley said. “Coming up here and playing Westfall, we knew they were a very athletic team. We had to win the rebounding battle and take advantage of those chances if we wanted to get a win.”

Bryant Gibson had a game-high 24 points for the Mustangs and Bryan Boring contributed 14 points and nine rebounds.

Zane Trace (12-8, 9-5) doubled up Westfall 28-14 on the glass in the first half, allowing the Pioneers to take a 31-23 lead into halftime.

Westfall (9-11, 6-8) turned the table on ZT coming out of intermission, using a 6-1 rebounding advantage to fuel an 8-2 run. Boring had two putbacks and a layup, and Gibson capped off the run with two more, cutting the Westfall deficit down to 32-31.

“We challenged the boys at halftime to be a little more tougher and do a better job on the boards,” Wolfe said. “We had more opportunities in the second half, but we couldn’t convert a lot of them. We shot 19 for 62 and that is only something like (31 percent).”

Following a timeout, Zane Trace answered with a 9-1 run, led by Dailey canning a three-pointers and a layup each from D.J. Merriman and Rick Chamberlin.

“That’s the difference in our team,” Alley said of coming back when the other team makes a run. “In the beginning of the season, we’d have a lead in the second half but the other team would make a run and we’d crumble.

“In the last half of the season, we’ve answered those runs and that’s why we’re 9-2 down the stretch. We started the season with three sophomores in the lineup, but we have matured as a team.”

A Gibson layup at the buzzer cut the ZT lead down to 41-34 going into the final period.

Westfall cut the Zane Trace lead down to four twice in the fourth quarter, the latter coming on a Gibson layup with a minute left.

Zane Trace scored six of the final eight points, fueled by Haynes putting back a missed shot and taking a feed from Matt Miller for a layup.

“We had some opportunities down the stretch, but we had a missed dunk and a behind-the-back pass that cost us four points. When you are coming back, you can’t give away possessions.”

Westfall turned around the rebounding game in the second half with a 21-18 edge over the Pioneers.

Both teams travel to the Waverly Downtown Gymnasium to begin tournament play next week. Zane Trace faces Portsmouth Tuesday and Westfall clashes with Minford Wednesday.

“We feel like we got a good draw, considering we’re an 11th seed,” Wolfe said. “Minford is a team with similar size to us, but we have to do a better job rebounding and shooting the ball for the whole game.”

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