Woodrow battles but falls to Class AAAA No. 4 George Washington

Jan. 13—Woodrow Wilson was in control most of the first half against Class AAAA No. 4 George Washington. The Patriots, however, never went away and quietly took the lead in the final minute of the first half.

From that point, the roles reversed. It was the Flying Eagles who stayed close, but they were never able to catch up and GW got out of Beckley with a 60-57 victory Saturday afternoon.

A first quarter that saw a mini-barrage at the 3-point line by both teams turned Woodrow's way with an 8-3 run that led to a 19-16 lead. The Patriots tied it on a 3-pointer by Chance Hartwell before Coby Dillon's 3 gave the lead right back to the Flying Eagles.

The teams traded points for the next 4 1/2 minutes, a layup by Zyon Hawthorne making it 30-27 with 2:06 to go.

But GW (6-3) scored the last six points of the period to take a 33-30 lead into halftime.

"I think we didn't finish that second quarter the way we should have," Woodrow coach Ron Kidd said. "They scored six straight points and took the lead where we were in control of the game, so that was a big part of the game I thought. We take control there and show there, I think things could have been different."

"To their credit, and (there were) some things we felt we should be doing better, especially defensively, but we got that spurt and we relaxed and then I think we kind of built on that the last three minutes of the second half on," said GW coach Rick Greene. "That was a huge moment there. Sai (Brown) came off the bench and gave us a little bit of fire."

The teams played even in the third quarter, and GW went ahead 47-40 on a 3-pointer by Hartwell and a drive by Christian Goebel.

Woodrow answered and twice got to within one, 47-46 and 49-48, the latter on a layup by Jaylon Walton after a nice pass by Dillon.

The Patriots again tried to pull away, but a 3-pointer by Hawthorne pulled the Flying Eagles back to two, 55-53 with 1:31 to play.

GW was able to seal it by hitting 5 of 6 free throws in the final 35.8 seconds.

Kidd was happy with the effort, but being a little undisciplined proved the difference.

"I thought our kids fought to play hard the whole game," he said. "When you play a good team like GW, you can't make mistakes. You can't throw the ball away. You can't let them have straight-line drives. You've got to do everything 100 percent. You can't beat yourself. And I thought some plays we didn't show the right type of poise at the right time.

"At times we didn't take a good shot. We should have been a little more impatient. I thought we rushed some stuff when we didn't need to. We didn't make them play (defense) at times. When we played D and took it at them I thought good things happened."

Dawson Lunsford led four GW scorers in double figures with 18 points. Jackson Clark and Hartwell both had 11, and Goebel added 10.

Hawthorne led Woodrow (5-5) with 16 points. Dillon and Walton both scored 13 — 11 of Dillon's in the first half.

Preston Clary went down with a lower leg injury with 3:29 remaining. He limped off and did not rerurn.

Greene pointed out how well Woodrow has moved on with senior guard Elijah Redfern out with a broken hand.

"I told Ron and we really appreciate it, and we strive to be this way: They lose as good as a guard as anybody in the state in Redfern and you never hear a word," Greene said. "There's no griping. There's no, 'Oh, if we would have.' We understand that — we're playing against them without Redfern. I just have the utmost respect for this program, from coach (Dave) Barksdale all around. It's their mentality — 'We're not going to make an excuse. We're Woodrow.' And we try to do that."

GW, which has won four straight, will host Cabell Midland on Wednesday.

Woodrow will travel to rival Oak Hill Friday at 7 p.m.

George Washington (6-3)

Jackson Clark 4 2-2 11, Christian Goebel 4 0-0 10, Chance Hartwell 4 1-2 11, Noah Lewis 1 4-6 6, Dawson Lunsford 6 4-4 18, Sai'Vyon Brown 2 0-0 4.

Woodrow Wilson (5-5)

Coby Dillon 13, Zyon Hawthorne 16, Preston Clary 7, Nazir King 4, Drew Fitzwater 4, Jaylon Walton 13.

GW 16 17 9 18 — 60

WW 19 11 8 19 — 57

Three-point goals — GW: 7 (Clark, Goebel 2, Hartwell 2, Lunsford 2); WW: 6 (Dillon 3, Hathorne 2, Clary). Fouled out — none.

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