Wildcats upend Belpre, 80-52

Waterford’s Tanner Pottmeyer, left, looks to pass as Belpre’s Cole Knotts defends during a high school boys basketball game Friday night at the Harry Cooper Annex inside Waterford Elementary. Both players led their respective teams in scoring. Photo by Ron Johnston.

WATERFORD — Waterford High sizzled during the second eight minutes of play.

The Wildcats outpointed Belpre High 29-4 in the second quarter en route to an 80-52 triumph in Tri-Valley Conference-Hocking Division boys’ basketball action at the Cooper Annex Friday night.

“We made a couple of adjustments, and started to get things going,” said WHS head coach Tom Simms. “Everyone’s contributing.

“We’re just tickled with that whole group. The nine we’re going with, we’re getting there.”

Travis Pottmeyer led the way for the TVC first-place Wildcats (7-2 overall, 7-0 TVC) with 16 points and seven rebounds. Isaac Huffman chipped in with 11 points and five steals, while Tyler McCutcheon and  Bryce Hilverding had 10 points apiece. Jordan Welch, the fifth starter, tallied just seven markers, but grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out seven assists, both game-highs.

Waterford’s bench provided a boost with 26 points. Andrew Thieman had a double-double with 12 markers and 10 caroms, while Cody Harris netted eight points.

“When he’s good, we’re gone,” said Simms of Thieman.

As a team, the Cats shot 50 percent from the floor (30 of 60).

“Waterford’s a very good team,” said Belpre boss Chad Williams.

The Golden Eagles were led by Cole Knotts, who drained five triples for a team-high 15 points. Brandon Simoniette added 10 points, while Nate Godfrey had eight. Deijon Bedgood, Belpre’s 1,000-point career scorer, injured his ankle in the second quarter and did not play in the second half. He finished with five markers.

“He seems OK,” said Williams of Bedgood. “He’s walking, but he’ll probably be out a couple of games.”

Simms said that Bedgood’s “a great player.”

“I hated seeing him go down,” the Waterford coach added. “It affected them (Golden Eagles). But the other thing, too, they didn’t fold. They continued to play together and they played hard. I give them a lot of credit. In the third quarter, they were right after us.”

McCutcheon and Huffman each scored five first-quarter points to stake the Cats to 19-13 advantage. Keeping the Eagles close, Simoniette had two treys and Bedgood, five points.

With the scored knotted at 13-all with under a minute left in the first, Waterford’s Harris, Huffman, and Riley Burns each scored a bucket to give the Wildcats a six-point cushion.

Sparked by Pottmeyer’s 11 second-quarter points, Waterford’s lead bulged to 48-17 at halftime. Thieman had six points in the period and Hilverding, five.

Logan Adams and Mythius Houghton had Belpre’s only buckets in the period.

“We lost the game in the second quarter, and we couldn’t come back from it,” Williams said. “We came out, and they had us 6-0. But we battled back. We played hard in the first quarter.

“We’re not a big team, and we had too many turnovers tonight. Usually we’re forcing all the turnovers.”

After the break, the two schools were even-steven in the third. In the fourth, BHS outpointed WHS, 20-17.

“I liked the way the kids battled back,” said Williams, whose Eagles are slated to host River Valley at 6 p.m. Saturday. “They got hot late.

“We’ll learn from this game. Tournament time is what we’re focusing on.”

Waterford is scheduled to play Worthington Christian at West Muskingum Monday at 4:45 p.m.

“Every game, we’ve just got to step on the floor and play,” Simms said.

Waterford 80, Belpre 52

Belpre     13  4  15  20  —  52

Waterford     19  29  15  17  —  80

BELPRE (3-8, 3-4)

Deijon Bedgood 2 1-3 5, Cole Knotts 5 0-0 15, Ryan Simoniette 0 0-0 0, Tojzae Reams 0 0-0 0, Brandon Simoniette 4 0-0 10, Jerimiah Stitt 0 0-0 0, Logan Adams 1 3-4 5, Mythius Houghton 3 0-0 7, Nate Godfrey 4 0-0 8, Jessie Collins 1 0-0 2, Jerry Richards 0 0-0 0, Zach Becker 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 20 4-8 52. 3pt goals: Knotts 5, BSimoniette 2, Houghton 1.

WATERFORD (7-2, 7-0)

Jordan Welch 2 3-4 7, Tyler McCutcheon 4 0-0 10, Isaac Huffman 4 2-3 11, Bryce Hilverding 4 0-0 10, Andrew Thieman 5 2-6 12, Cody Harris 3 2-2 8, Riley Burns 1 0-0 2, Dylan Shriver 0 0-0 0, Noah Huffman 0 0-0 0, Travis Pottmeyer 6 3-4 16, Austin Pyatt 0 0-0 0, Clayton Campbell 0 2-2 2, Peyton Stephens 1 0-0 2, Teddy Smith 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 30 14-21 80. 3pt goals: Hilverding 2, McCutcheon 2, IHuffman 1, Pottmeyer 1.

Shooting: B 20-53 (37.7 percent), W 30-60 (50 percent); Rebounds: B 21 (Godfrey 5), W 40 (Thieman 10, Welch 11, Pottmeyer 7); Assists: B 12 (Houghton 4), W 15 (Welch 7); Steals: B 10 (Reams 2, BSimoniette 2, Houghton 2) , W 16 (IHuffman 5, Welch 3, McCutcheon 3); Turnovers: B25, W15.

JV game: Waterford 57, Belpre 21

JV leading scorers: Waterford (8-1): Pyatt 10, Russell Young 10; Belpre (4-6): Reams 14

Next game: River Valley at Belpre Saturday at 6 p.m.; Waterford vs. Worthington Christian at West Muskingum Monday at 4:45 p.m. (varsity); 3:15 p.m. (JV).