McCoy Fuels SHS

Blazers Breeze To 93-43 Victory

Posted: December 29, 2012

WINCHESTER — At the start of the second quarter of Friday’s boys’ basketball game, Amherst County High School went on a 9-2 run against Spotswood.

The problem for the Lancers is that they had already trailed 39-5 after the first quarter. Yes, 39-5.

It was a quarter that Spotswood coach Chad Edwards said might be the best played by any team he’s coached — which is saying something. He’s been coaching in various capacities at Spotswood since 1994.

The big first quarter helped the undefeated Trailblazers easily claim their 10th straight win, 93-43 over Amherst County in a tournament at Handley High School.

“I didn’t really realize [the score] until the end of the quarter,” senior Hyrum Weiler said. “I mean, we were just hitting. I remember thinking, ‘Wow, we just can’t miss right now.’”

Coming into Friday’s game, the Blazers (10-0) had been plagued by some slow starts. But you’d never know it from watching their first -quarter display against Amherst (3-3).

“A lot of people have been saying that we’re a second-half team, and we don’t really get it done until the second half,” Weiler said.

The Blazers shot 13-of-25 from the floor and 7-of-13 from the 3-point line in the first quarter. That included five 3s from Tucker McCoy, who finished with a game-high 27 points and seven 3s.

In gaining a 34-point first-quarter margin, Spotswood won the turnover battle 12-0 and grabbed eight offensive rebounds to Amherst’s zero.

“I think our defensive intensity and purpose helped get us off to a good start in the first half,” said Edwards, who’s in his eighth year coaching the varsity team.

Weiler added 19 points and senior Austin Nicely had 17 for the Blazers in a game in which the only question was how large the final deficit would be.

Amherst actually outscored SHS 20-15 in the second quarter, but it wasn’t because Edwards made many let-off-the-gas changes. The Blazers never quit running their high-pace offense, pestered Handley into turnovers throughout the fourth quarter (the Lancers had 29 total), and played at least one starter on the floor until there was less than a minute remaining in the game. SHS outscored Amherst 21-9 in the fourth.

But, Edwards said, the intent wasn’t to run up the score. He just doesn’t believe in slowing down his team’s usual tempo to keep the score down, and he wanted to keep his starters in the rotation, even with the Blazers scheduled to play again today against Handley in the two-day Handley invitational. Edwards said he gave all his players exactly equal minutes in the second half.

Amherst coach Segar Jordan, a former Bridgewater College player who’s in his first year coaching a Lancers team that returned no starters from last season, didn’t have any issues with the Blazers pouring it on.

“If we’re playing like crap, I want us to know, ‘Hey, we’re playing like crap,’” Jordan said. “I’m more embarrassed if a team is pulling it out and running the clock than if they’re continuing to play basketball.’ … I’m glad we can put this one behind us, and that we’re not seeing them again. This [Spotswood] team is good as crap. I doubt we’ll see very many teams this good in district play.”

NOTE: The time for Spotswood’s game today against host Handley has been changed to 5 p.m., although it could be postponed due to the threat of snow.


Dews 3 0-0 6, Christian 0 1-2 1, Orme 4 1-2 10, Keesee 0 0-0 0, Bond 4 3-4 12, McCoy 4 0-1 8, Kyle 2 0-2 4, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Edwards 1 0-0 2, Maddox 0 0-0 0, Hodnett 0 0-0 0, Goldman 0 0-2 0. Totals 18 5-13 43.


McCoy 9 2-2 27, Davis 0 0-0 0, Saylor 4 0-0 9, Lokey 0 0-2 0, Nicely 7 3-4 17, Lasam 2 0-0 6, Garber 3 0-0 8, Blandon 1 0-0 2, Hinkle 1 0-0 3, Weiler 8 3-4 19, Detamore 0 2-2 2. Totals 35 10-14 93.

Amherst Co.           5     20       9        9 - 43           
Spotswood          39     15     18      21 - 93 

3-Point Goals—Amherst 2 (Orme 1, Bond 1), Spotswood 13 (McCoy 7, Saylor 1, Lasam 2, Garber 2, Hinkle 1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Amherst 35 (Bond, McCoy, Kyle 6), Spotswood 43 (Garber, Weiler 9). Total Fouls—Amherst 13, Spotswood 9.

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