It would have been be easy for West Liberty to get caught in a trap game as they look ahead to Saturday against 25th ranked Wheeling Jesuit. But Coach Howlett had his players very business like tonight as the Hilltoppers played strong and put Notre Dame away early. The final in South Euclid Ohio, West Liberty 112 Notre Dame College 68.
One of the reasons the Hilltoppers responded tonight in the way they did was a rebound game from Bolon. After struggling last week, Dalton Bolon went off scoring 23 tonight as he would lead all players in points. Bolon was deadly from three point range making 5-11.
The Hilltoppers Jumped out to an 11-4 run in the first 3+ minutes. They would stretch that lead and never look back. The West Liberty Defense always see’s an uptick in intensity after that first media time out and tonight was no different. At 14:54, the Hilltoppers were up 18-13. At 9:47 in the first half, West Liberty was up 35-17. They went on a 17-4 run and essentially put the game away. The Hilltoppers went into halftime up 57-39.
In the second half, West Liberty poured it on as they wanted to leave no doubt outscoring NDC 55-29.
Dan Monteroso would kick in his normal 17 points and would be the rock he has been all season long. West Lib had a total of 6 players in double digits including French with 12, Moore with 10, and both Watson and Griffin with 14 a piece. The Hilltoppers had 24 assists on 43 made shots. The Hilltoppers were very judicious with the Ball as they only turned it over 6 times for the game while NDC had 17.
Notre Dame College was led by Cugini and Scarberry with 15 and 14 points respectively. No one else would get into double digits. The loss moves NDC to 5-22 overall, 3-17 in conference play.
The win gives Coach Howlett his 25th of the season and an overall record of 25-1 heading into the weekend game with their arch rival Wheeling Jesuit. The Cardinals would beat up on Urbana also by the final score of 90-65 which primes the pump for this weeks game.
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The Jesuit game will be the biggest game of the season and the ASRC will resemble that comment as it will be packed to the gills with an electric atmosphere. Neither team wants to go into conference play coming off a loss so both teams will be desperate for a win to close out the regular season.
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