Four score in double figures in Stockaders victory
OLD FORT — It has been a bit of a struggle for Old Fort the past month and sometimes there is a tendency to take corrective measures to extremes.
The Stockaders did that on occasion here Friday night, but still got the desired result with an 88-48 win over Lakota.
Old Fort, which has dropped three of its last five games and had to go to overtime to get one of the two wins, improved to 12-5 overall while retaining a share of the Sandusky Bay Conference River Division lead with Calvert at 10-1.
The Stockaders had four players in double figures and knocked down 11 3-point attempts, but the process against the Raiders (1-17, 1-11) was a little slow in developing.
Old Fort had edged out to a 10-6 lead despite six first-period turnovers and a 3-for-7 accounting at the foul line.
“We worked on some things (since a 78-24 loss in the first meeting),” Lakota coach Ron Meade said. “They didn’t beat us in transition like they did before. That kept us in it for a while.”
But an 8-2 burst over the final 1:33 of the quarter got things rolling. Zach Dewese scored on a putback and added a 3-pointer before Weston Miller took a pass from Mason Salas and hit a 3 for an 18-8 lead at the break.
“We had some fast-break opportunities that we botched — turning it over, losing the ball out of bounds — we just weren’t real sharp,” Old Fort coach Eric Hoover said. “They were in a little bit different zone than before. We just had to figure out how we were going to attack it and then make some shots.”
The Stockaders did that in a big way in the second period, hitting 10 of 16 shots, four of them 3-pointers. They finished the quarter with a 20-6 run that put the game away at 49-24 by halftime. Six baskets over the final three minutes came with assists.
“One of our goals was to have 10 assists at halftime,” Hoover said. “We wanted to make sure we were passing the ball around because you have to move the ball against a zone.
“Sometimes, they passed it, and I’m like, ‘What are you doing? You’re wide open; you should be shooting it,'” he said. “And they’re saying, ‘I’m trying to get an assist.’ Oh, okay. But let’s not take this too far.”
Dewese led Old Fort with 22 points and seven rebounds. Miller had four 3-pointers on the way to 17 points, Carson Steyer added 13 and 6-foot-5 freshman Colin Nutter had 10 points and 10 rebounds in only his second start of the season.
“We started him against Margaretta and he got into foul trouble and didn’t play a whole lot,” Hoover said of Nutter. “But he’s been doing well in practice and I thought he went in and did a pretty good job tonight.
“He gives us a little more size and he did a good job rebounding the ball,” he said. “I mean, 6-5 is 6-5 and there are some things you can do that other guys aren’t able to do.”
Meanwhile, the Raiders got 20 points from their point guards — 12 from Elijah Franks and eight from Braden Schaser.
“We didn’t shoot real well and you cannot have a bad shooting night against this team,” Meade said. “But I liked our effort all night.
“Honestly, you won’t hear too many coaches say this after a 40-point loss, but with our effort and what we did tonight, it was one of our better games,” he said. “I’m not too upset about that. We’re looking for bright spots in trying to turn the program around.”