Hatchets get close PAC win

Jan. 27—Whether it was a blowout win like Friday, or a nip and tuck battle against Gibson Southern (5-12) on Saturday, both counted the same as wins, and moved WHS back to .500 at 8-8.

The Hatchets posted a 48-46 victory over PAC foe Gibson Southern in a game where Colton Stowers continued 13 points, and a combined 20 from Cordell Turner and Cooper Wright, along with nine from Chris Meredith and four timely points from Brant Neidigh (4) and Ole Kroeger (2) proved just enough to slide by the Titans.

"This was a nice win for us. It is nice to win a close one. We made some nice plays and I thought we did a good job coming back after they jumped out at first. Cordell Turner and Caleb Waller gave us a really nice effort in the second quarter and that gave us a lift," said WHS coach Gene Miiller.

The Titans built a 10-2 lead, with only Stowers scoring for the Hatchets. Meredith added a 3-ball, but the Titans still pushed the lead to 14-5 with 2:30 left in the quarter. Wright added the final four Hatchet points of the quarter which cut the margin to 14-9 at the end of the first eight minutes.

Waller and Turner hooked up to cut the lead to just two. Turner then added his second and third bucket to get back to within two. Stowers then connected from deep give WHS a 19-18 lead. Brant Neidigh also got into the scoring column, but GS scored the last five points of the quarter go go into the half with a 26-21 lead.

Meredith opened the third with a turnaround jumper and Stowers with a 3-ball to erase the halftime lead. Buckets from Meredith and Turner put WHS up by four and a Neidigh transition basket made it 34-28. The Titans scored the last six points of the quarter to tie it, but Cooper Wright was able to get off a last second shot and Meredith was able to tip in the rebound to go in to the fourth with a 36-34 lead.

Stowers and Turner helped WHS to a 4-0 run. Wright added a jumper but GS would creep back to within two at 42-40. The Titans would tie it with 2:16 left, but Wright immediately responded with a trey to break the tie. Ole Kroeger added a basket but GS pulled with in two at 48-46 with :02.2 left but that is as close as they would come, as WHS came away with the 48-46 win.

In the JV game, GS won 54-39. Hatchet Brody Isza led with 13, while Jon Roy added 11. Trey James had seven, Levi Burkemper had five and Jacob Garland had three. WHS takes on Lincoln on Thursday.