Wyoming East coach Rory Chapman said his team seeemed down after Tuesday’s loss at Bluefield.
“We had two not very good practices after that,” he observed.
He told his team that it couldn’t let one day define the season.
“We’ve got to come back,” he said. “We have to be every day guys.”
The No. 2 Warriors seemed to get the message. They pounded PikeView, 76-53, on Friday night at New Richmond.
“We got to play everybody,” Chapman noted. “We played 11 guys in the first half.”
East rolled to a 16-3 lead in the opening minutes.
Christian Hedinger scored inside to get things started. Logan Blankenship made a layup. Hedinger stole the ball twice and got it out to Austin Canada for easy scores. It was 8-0 with less than two minutes gone.
The lead never went below double digits after a John Morgan bucket made it 18-8 late in the quarter.
Tyler Lester, who was injured last summer, took the floor for the first time this season in the second quarter and made his presence known quickly. He scored two baskets and grabbed a rebound to extend the margin to 24-10.
“Tyler has worked so hard to get back,” Chapman said. “Everybody on our team was happy for him.”
WEHS held a 40-22 lead at the half.
The Warriors continued to stretch the lead, which peaked at 74-47 in the fourth quarter on a Dylan Brehm put back.
“Our defense was pretty good for most of the game,” stated Chapman.
Jordan Hayes paced a balanced East offense with 14. Hedinger scored 11.
Canada had nine, and Lester contributed eight. Morgan and Brehm each tossed in six.
Seth Wood and Zach Meadows scored 12 each for the Panthers. Jason Weitzel had 11.
East hosts Mount View on Tuesday.
Photo: Tyler Lester (42) of Wyoming East goes up with the ball during Friday’s game with PikeView at New Richmond.