Those in attendance at West Holmes High School on Jan. 27 got to see a dandy of a game between the Knights and the New Philadelphia Quakers.
They also got to see New Philly senior Carter Vandall absolutely go off in the Dungeon. Vandall’s 29 points led the Quakers to a 48-35 Ohio Cardinal Conference win over West Holmes.
Even more impressive, Vandall outscored the Knights all by himself in the third quarter lacing the nylon for 16 points to West Holmes’ eight.
The win moves the Quakers to 12-3 overall and 10-2 in the OCC and pushes their win streak to ten straight. West Holmes goes the other way falling to 2-15 on the season and 1-11 in conference play.
The first quarter belonged to the Quakers as they led 12-5 after one. New Philly got all their points in the first via the 3-pointer. No twos, just threes. And oddly enough, none from Vandall.
Trailing 7-17 after a Vandall 3-point play midway through the second quarter, West Holmes’ coach Tennille Cline called a timeout and the move worked great as the Knights would then finish the half on a 9-0 run. Collier Cline hit a runner in the lane, Zevin Proper knocked down a 3-pointer, Nate Fair hit a reverse layup and Mason Wolfe dumped one in from the paint to jolt the Knights into the break only down 17-16.
Then the Vandall show started.
Vandall hit all four 3-pointers he jacked up in the third and went on a 7-0 all by himself early in the third. The run extended the Quakers’ lead to 27-21.
The Knights weren’t too shell shocked as they bounced back quickly to cut the lead to 27-24 when Wolfe scored four straight of his own with two freebies and a layup with 2:29 left in the third.
New Philly then went back to the well and scored the next ten points spearheaded by Vandall with two triples and also got two scores from Owen Miller. The Quakers led 37-24 at the end of three.
The Knights would get a close as 44-35 with just over two minutes left in the game, but Vandall had already done the damage.