McCoy, SHS Breeze
The Spotswood High School boys’ basketball coach admitted he was nervous about beginning the Valley District tournament with an atypical Monday game, breaking the Trailblazers’ routine.
Plus, the regular-season champion Blazers had already secured a Region III, Division 3 tournament berth. On the other side of the court, Monday’s bout was an elimination game for fourth-seeded Waynesboro in the Division 3 bracket.
“I was a little fearful of where our heads were tonight,” Edwards said. “… I’m not a big fan of Monday games. You know, guys have laid around the house all weekend. A long school day. We were unable to have a shootaround. Mondays I’m just not a fan of, particularly in postseason basketball. I wish we could make a move to ban Monday games.”
As it turned out, Waynesboro had more to worry about.
Senior guard Tucker McCoy scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the first half as Spotswood handled the Little Giants 79-59 in a district quarterfinal game. The Trailblazers, who shot 21-of-30 from the foul line, advanced to play Fort Defiance on Wednesday at SHS.
Fort defeated R.E. Lee at home Monday to clinch the Valley’s second and final Region III, Division 3 tournament berth.
For McCoy, the hot start was simple: The Blazers (22-1) didn’t want to end up like Lee, which has struggled in the past two postseasons after winning district titles.
“We definitely don’t want to end up like that,” McCoy said. “A lot of teams do that. We just want to keep winning, win this tournament and keep winning in the regional tournament to get to states.”
The Little Giants started the season at 7-0. They finished with a 10-13 record.
Senior 6-3 center Daquan Barber – playing in his seventh game after being ineligible most of the season – scored six of Waynesboro’s first eight points as the Giants led by three with 4:34 left in the first quarter. That was their final advantage, as McCoy later keyed a 13-0 run that stretched into the second quarter and put the Blazers ahead 23-10.
“We just had to drive some more since they were trying to shut down our shooting,” McCoy said. “So we had to get in the paint.”
About three minutes later, Josh Lasam hit one of Spotswood’s eight 3-pointers to make it a 20-point lead (36-16), as the outside shooting opened back up.
“In the second quarter, they definitely speeded us up,” said WHS coach C. Jay DeWitt, whose team did manage to cut the deficit to 49-40 with 30 seconds left in the third.
But on a night when senior guard Hyrum Weiler fouled out with 12 points and 3:44 left to play, the Blazers continuously got to the foul line during a 29-point fourth quarter. Sophomore guard Khalil Davis went 9-of-13 at the line and senior forward Austin Nicely hit all four of his free throws. Both finished with 14 points.
Senior Zach Brown and junior Chevez Harvey each had 12 points to pace WHS.
Allen 3 1-3 7, Brown 5 1-1 12, Harvey 4 4-4 12, Graham 3 1-1 7, Barber 5 1-3 11, Baker 0 2-2 2, Gray 2 0-0 5, Norman 1 0-0 3. Totals 23 10-14 59.
McCoy 9 3-4 24, Davis 2 9-13 14, Nicely 5 4-4 14, Garber 0 1-2 1, Weiler 5 0-0 12, Detamore 0 1-2 1, Hinkle 2 0-0 5, Lasam 1 2-2 5, Blandon 1 1-1 3, Saylor 0 0-2 0. Totals 25 21-30 79.
Waynesboro 10 14 16 19 - 59
Spotswood 16 23 11 29 - 79
3-Point Goals—Wayn 3 (Brown, Gray, Norman), SHS 8 (McCoy 3, Weiler 2, Davis, Hinkle, Lasam). Fouled Out—SHS (Weiler). Rebounds—Wayn 24 (Allen 8), SHS 22 (Nicely, Detamore 4). Total Fouls—Wayn 22, SHS 17.