Prep Basketball: Danville boys jump out to big early lead, cruise by Casey 61-25
Danville¿s Cody Woolridge, right, goes up for a block on Casey County¿s Micah Smith in the first half of Danville¿s 61-25 win Tuesday. Woolridge finished with 12 points and four rebounds. (Hal Morris / February 6, 2013)
The host Admirals alleviated any of those worries in a hurry, shooting 73 percent in the first quarter in rolling out to a 22-point lead, led by 23 at halftime and cruised over the visiting Rebels 61-25 for their third straight win.
“A lot of nights we play with a lot of energy, but we haven’t shot the ball like that all year long. When we shot the ball that well, it can be kind of scary,” said Zaheri, whose team beat Boyle County last Friday and hosts Lincoln County this Friday. “I was a little worried where we had a nice win against Boyle last week and we have Lincoln County in here Friday, this was going to be a bit of a trap game. But the boys came from the start and played with high intensity.”
Four Admirals hit double figures Tuesday, led by Jawan Grey and Christian Gateskill-Fuqua. All of Fuqua’s points came in the first half, as he injured his left ankle with 1:11 left in the half and his team up 38-12, was helped off the floor and was taken to the hospital for X-rays.
Danville (9-13) made 11 of its 15 shots in the first quarter, including all four 3-pointers, to lead 27-5 after the first eight minutes.
Grey started things off with an alley-oop layup off a pass from Alex Burnside. Gateskill-Fuqua hit the second of his three 3-pointers to make it a 12-4 game. Leading 12-5 with 4:39 left in the first, Danville ripped off the final 15 points of the quarter, with Grey and Woolridge each nailing 3-pointers and Jakobi Turner capping the run with a layup in the final seconds.
“They just whipped our butt every way possible. They were ready, we weren’t, and then once things started going downhill, it was like an avalanche and it just caved in on us and our kids didn’t respond,” ¿Casey coach Darry Burkett said. “And they don’t know how to respond because that’s their history. I’ve got to find a way to come to practice tomorrow and have them forget about this one. This one’s over.
“They were much more aggressive. They shot the living lights out. You give up 27 points in the first quarter, you can’t overcome that, we don’t have the scoring power to overcome that. And one of the things we talked about was challenging 3s, not letting them have open 3s.”
The Admirals hit their first six 3s of the night, with Gateskill-Fuqua drilling the last one for a 34-7 lead with 4:48 left in the first half.
“One thing we’ve gotten better at is working it inside-out. I think at the beginning of the year, we shot a lower percentage because we took them real quickly and early in the possession. But the past couple of games we’ve done a better job of kicking the ball inside and going back out,” Zaheri said.
Danville led 38-15 at the half and Woolridge’s three-point play with 1:47 to play in the third quarter put the Admirals up 52-17 and started the running clock for the rest of the game. Danville finished the night 24 of 40 (60 percent), going 6 of 12 from 3-point range and 11 of 18 at the free throw line.
Casey (11-14), which was led by Taylor Leigh’s six points and seven rebounds, was 10 for 47 from the field. The Rebels were 3 of 15 from behind the arc and 2 of 4 at the line. Casey outrebounded Danville 30-24.
Casey County 5 15 17 25
Danville 27 38 52 61
CASEY¿(11-14) — Taylor Leigh 6, Micah Smith 3, Skyler Wright 2, Zach Scott 3, Matt Bianconi 2, Tyler Pennington 1, Mieco Randall 3, Landon Carman 2, Jordan Brown 2.
DANVILLE¿(9-13) — Christian Gateskill-Fuqua 12, Jawan Grey 12, Alex Burnside 11, Cody Woolridge 11, Damir Karapandzic 4, Jakobi Turner 3, J.B. Williams 3, Spencer McKinney 3, John Roney 2, Madison Goodman 1.