Wyoming East crusied to victory on Senior Night.
The Warriors dominated all the way and ended a two-game losing streak with an 85-42 win over Independence on Wednesday night at New Richmond.
“With Senior Night you never know what you’re going to get,” said WEHS coach Rory Chapman.
What he got was a start-to-finish beat down of the Patriots, led by senior center Brett Bowling’s 21 points.
“It was hard to believe it was happening,” Bowling commented. “It didn’t seem real.”
Bowling and fellow seniors Kyle Sandy and Alex Warner all got to start.
Bowling scored inside and hit a three and an assist to Warner as the Warriors rolled out to a 10-2 lead.
Sandy would eventually get on the board as well.
“They’re three good seniors,” Chapman remarked. “These guys have put in a lot of time and a lot of work.”
The lead ballooned to 17-2 when Bowling made a spin move to the bucket with 2:30 to go in the first quarter.
Christian Hedinger’s hoop off a feed from Austin Canada made it 27-7 by the end of the quarter.
The Warriors (13-6) held a 42-16 margin at the half.
They started the third period with a 17-4 run, capped by a Cody Lester basket which made it 59-20.
Chapman let the bench play the rest of the way.
Bowling, Lester (13) and Canada (11) paced the scoring.
Sandy had nine, and Josh Tunstalle scored eight. Thirteen different players scored.
Shane Greco tossed in 10 for the Patriots.
Photo: Alex Warner (right) of Wyoming East works with the ball during Wednesday’s 85-42 win over Independence at New Richmond.
East is less than two weeks away from sectional tournament play and a probable first round game with Summers County.
“It’s not written in stone (that we’ll play Summers), but if we do, we’ll be playing a team with quick guards,” he stated. “But I think we have the advantage on the inside.”
Fundamentals will determine his club’s tourney fate, he said.
“When we rebound and don’t turn the ball over, we’re a good team,” Chapman stated. “When we don’t rebound and turn the ball over, we are not a very good team.”