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Danville routs division leaders

Jan. 23—DANVILLE — How dominant was Danville in Monday's Heartland Athletic Conference-Division II showdown with Montoursville?

The five Warrior starters, and three players at the end of the bench for Montoursville that just played during the running clock in the fourth quarter combined for the same number of points — 14.

Hayden Winn scored 17 points to lead four Danville players in double figures, and the Ironmen played their most complete game of the season in dealing Montoursville its first loss in the division, 65-39, at the Whitey McCloskey Center.

Winn nor Danville coach Gary Grozier had little pause when asked if it was the Ironmen's best all-around performance of the year.

"Oh, most definitely," Winn said.

"That's best effort by far on both ends (of the court)," Grozier added.

It was exactly the kind of performance Grozier wanted to see after the Warriors (10-4 overall, 5-1 HAC-II) won the first game, 41-38, back on a little less than three weeks ago.

"They real physical with us (in the first game)," Grozier said. "They kind of pushed us around."

Montoursville's Bryce Ebert scored the first five points, and the Warriors led 5-2 early, but Carter Heath knocked down two first-quarter 3s, and Daniel Walker's fast break bucket off a feed from Winn had Danville ahead 12-5 with 2:54 left in the opening quarter.

The Warriors took a timeout, and came out in man-to-man defense, and the Ironmen did suffer a brief scoring drought — they went about three minutes without scoring. Montoursville cut the lead to five with the first bucket of the second quarter, but the rest of the first half was all Danville.

"They beat us with the 2-3 in the last game, so when we made them to go man, that's when we are at our best offensively," Winn said.

Grozier added," I thought Hayden and Luke did a great job. When you look at true post guys, Dan (Walker) is really it. Ethan (Morrison) is a guard playing the four, but he's done a great job. Hayden in the screen-and-roll is tough when he attacks. He didn't settle for pull ups. He attacked all the way to the basket."

The Ironmen scored 11 in a row to open up a 25-7 advantage after a Luke Huron drive with 4:01 left in the first half. Danville's point guard had seven points, five assists and four rebounds in the first half.

Danville (11-4, 5-1) would lead by 20 two different times in the second quarter.

Montoursville forced two stops, and got the first bucket of the third quarter to cut the lead to 16, but the Ironmen never let the Warriors think they could get back into the game. Winn would cap a 15-3 run in the third quarter to back-to-back buckets to take a 49-20 lead.

In addition to Winn, Mason Woll had 12 points in the second half, all on 3-pointers. Heath finished with 11 points and Morrison had 10 points. Huron finished with seven assists as the Ironmen had 17 assists on 25 made baskets.

Shea Ulmer had 11 points off the bench to lead Montoursville.

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DANVILLE 65, MONTOURSVILLE 39

Montoursville (10-4) 39

Bryce Eberhart 2 0-0 5; Quinn Ranck 2 0-0 4; Gavin Cott 0 1-4 1; Chase Snyder 2 0-2 4; Shea Ulmer 4 0-1 11; Todd Crawford 2 0-0 4; Shaw Simpson 1 1-1 3; Kingston Fisher 3 1-1 7. Totals 16 3-9 39.

3-point goals: Ulmer 3, Eberhart.

Did not score: Wyatt Fry, Jimmy Mussina.

Danville (11-4) 65

Luke Huron 2 3-4 7; Hayden Winn 8 1-1 17; Ethan Morrison 3 3-4 10; Carter Heath 4 1-2 11; Daniel Walker 3 0-2 6; Nick Hand 1 0-0 2; Mason Woll 4 0-0 12. Totals 25 8-13 65.

3-point goals: Woll 4, Heath 2, Morrison.

Did not score: Skyler Simpson, Luis Gonzalez, Casey Mills, Griffin Mutchler, Collin Geise.

Score by quarters

Montoursville;5;10;8;16 — 39

Danville;12;22;22;9 — 65

JV: Dan, 69-44. High scorers, Dan, Hand 22 and Woll, 20.