Top-ranked West High survives City High's upset bid

Top-ranked West High survives City High's upset bid


Top-ranked West High survives City High's upset bid


Admittedly Alex Henderson had been in a bit of a slump.

The West High senior couldn’t have picked a more opportune time to break out.

Henderson drilled a pair of crucial 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the top-ranked Trojans rallied from a seven-point fourth-quarter hole to survive upset-minded City High 66-63 Friday in front of a standing-room only crowd at West High.

The junior guard hit all three of his shot attempts Friday, all second-half 3-pointers, as Class 4A No. 1 West High (19-0) remained unbeaten.

“I’d been struggling for a little bit and the last game I started hitting them and once you get that feeling you know they are going in, you feel like every shot is going in,” Henderson said. “That’s how I felt tonight.”

West High needed every bit of Henderson’s heroics to survive as City High (7-13) shot 54 percent from the floor and hit 7-of-10 3-pointers.

WOMEN OF TROY: Rally past Little Hawks

The Little Hawks led by as many as eight points in the third quarter and held a seven-point lead with under seven minutes to play but couldn’t hang on, dropping their sixth consecutive game, four of which have come to ranked opponents.

“Our kids did as good of following our game plan as we have in my three years at City High,” City High coach Don Showalter said. “We executed exactly how we wanted to beat them and it was a hell of a game. If I was just here watching it was a hell of game.”

City High shot 71 percent from the floor in the first half (12-of-17) and made 4-of-5 3-point attempts but committed 10 turnovers and trailed at intermission.

West High closed the first half on a 5-0 run to take a 36-32 lead into the break.

“They played really well,” West High coach Steve Bergman said of City High. “They made some shots and they played smart and we let them play the way they want to play.”

The second half was as close as the first.

The Little Hawks opened the third quarter with an 8-1 run to take a 40-37 lead and built the lead to 48-40 when Henry Mulligan hit a pair of 3-pointers in a span of less than a minute.

West cut the margin to 50-48 after three quarters but City High pushed the lead back to 57-50 on a pair of Chuck Johnson free throws.

That’s when Henderson went to work.

He hit a 3-pointer from the wing and Connor McCaffery’s steal and layup on the ensuing City High possession cut the lead to 57-55.

Henderson’s next 3-pointer from nearly the exact same spot made the score 59-58 with 5:57 left.

“Alex has played really well the last two games,” Bergman said. “He is a starter, he doesn’t start very much but he is a starter for us.”

West took its first lead of the fourth quarter on a Devontae Lane putback with 5:20 left and never trailed again.

The Trojans held City High to four points over the final six minutes and Wali Parks blocked Naeem Smith’s potential game-tying 3-point attempt as time expired.

“We showed some courage and some heart but we tried telling them ‘if you put yourself in that situation you aren’t going to win all those games,’ ” Bergman said. “You have to quit putting yourself in those situations.”

City High was led by Micah Martin, who had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds despite fouling out with 7:15 left.

The 6-foot-8 junior also blocked three shots and led three Little Hawks in double figures as Nate Wieland added 12 points and Mulligan had 11.

“Our game plan was to go inside to Micah right away and I tell you what he was having his way in there for a while,” Showalter said. “He is starting to come around and understand how he can play. He was a man-child in there.”

Lane led West High with a game-high 17 points while Tanner Lohaus had 15.

West High shot 58 percent from the field for the game but was just 10-of-23 from the free-throw line, including just 2-of-7 in the fourth quarter.

“We got 10-for-23 and five or six of those had to be front ends (of one-and-ones) so that’s like going 10-of-30,” Bergman said. “Not good.”

Henderson, Parks and McCaffery all finished with nine points for West High, which returns to action on Thursday at Dubuque Hempstead.

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City High (63) – Emmanuel Hooper 0-1 3-3 3, Naeem Smith 3-5 2-2 8, Henry Mulligan 4-8 0-0 11, Nate Wieland 4-7 2-2 12, Chuck Johnson 3-5 3-3 9, Jason Jones 0-1 0-3 0, Nile Ringen 2-3 0-0 6, Micah Martin 6-11 2-2 14, Team 22-41 12-15 63.

West High (66) – Wali Parks 2-6 5-8 9, Alex Henderson 3-3 0-0 9, Devontae Lane 7-10 2-7 17, Tanner Lohaus 7-8 1-3 15, Dallas Majors 0-2 0-0 0, Connor McCaffery 3-6 2-3 9, David DiLeo 3-8 0-2 7, Team 25-43 10-23 66.

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3-point field goals – West High 6-12 (Henderson 3-3, Lane 1-1, Majors 0-1, McCaffery 1-4, DiLeo 1-3), City High 7-10 (Smith 0-1, Wieland 2-2, Mulligan 3-5, Ringen 2-2). Rebounds – West High 22 (DiLeo 7), City High 26 (Martin 10). Turnovers – West High 6, City High 13. Total fouls – West High 12, City High 15. Fouled out – Martin (ICH). Technical Fouls – None.


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