Whiteoak senior Gavin Temple passes the ball to a teammate Tuesday against Manchester. Temple totaled seven points in the game. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
Whiteoak senior Gavin Temple passes the ball to a teammate Tuesday against Manchester. Temple totaled seven points in the game. (HCP Photos/Stephen Forsha)
MOWRYSTOWN — Whiteoak began the game strong and they kept it that way on Tuesday night, as they won on senior night in front a loud home crowd for a 64-49 win over the visiting Manchester Greyhounds.

The Wildcats (5-7, 8-13) honored senior basketball players Brayden Yeager and Gavin Temple before the game, and once the Southern Hills Athletic Conference game began, the Wildcats didn’t look back.

“We got everybody in and got them some playing time and that is good to have, and it was senior night, so the seniors got to play a lot,” WHS head coach Ryan Barnett said. “This was a good game to prepare for our next game against West Union and going into the tournament, too.



“Brayden had been here for four years and it is my first year of coaching him, and he’s great to be around. Gavin transferred in from Hillsboro and works really hard on the defensive end, always getting after the ball. They both have been a pleasure to have this year.”

WHS opened the game with six straight points off a basket by Landon Barnett and two put-back buckets by Brayden Yeager. Following three points by the Greyhounds, Ashbaugh scored three points with a shot from beyond the arc for a 9-3 lead.

As the first frame continued, it was two points by Barnett from the free-throw line and later a 3-pointer by Temple — who totaled seven points in the SHAC win — with 2:53 left in the first that pushed the Wildcats’ advantage to seven points at 14-7. Next was a free throw made by Yeager, and then came consecutive baskets by Nick Bailey as WHS eventually led by a 19-9 score at the end of the first quarter.

WHS came back in the second and opened the scoring with a three-point play by Bailey for a 22-9 lead. As the frame continued, Josh Hughes, Barnett and a three-point play by Bradley Ashbaugh left Whiteoak with a 17-point lead at 28-11 with 5:59 left in the second frame.

Bailey led WHS with 15 points, making seven two-point baskets ands he made one free throw. Yeager followed with 14 points, as the senior made three two-point buckets, one 3-pointer and was 5-of-8 from the free-throw line. Also in double-figure scoring was Barnett with 10 points, collecting one two-point basket, one 3-pointer and he was 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.

With around 4:00 left in the first half, Whiteoak went on a 14-3 run in that final time frame for a halftime lead of 42-19. That run of scoring came from Bailey, Yeager, Barnett, and Hughes with Bailey having eight of those 14 points, giving WHS a 23-point advantage at halftime.

After three framesm the Wildcats had built a 54-30 lead with the quarter beginning with two points in the paint by Hughes, and following a Manchester basket, Yeager scored the next four points with WHS having a 27-point lead with 4:03 left in the quarter at 48-21.

Manchester scored on a 3-pointer, but Nicholas McCann added two points for the Wildcats, and as the quarter drew to a close, Temple scored four points on a layup and two made free throws, with Whiteoak having a lead of 50-24, winning the frame at 12-11.

WHS had everyone on the roster make an appearance in the game with the fourth frame seeing them score 10 points. Those points came from Evan DeAtley with four points off two baskets, a 3-pointer by Luke Rhoads, and the loudest ovation of the game when Yeager sank a 3-pointer from the corner of the court in front of the Wildcat bench.

“We talked about that, and he’s been wanting to shoot one all year,” Barnett said of Yeager’s 3-pointer. “We drew something up to try to get him one. He was called for a travel on the first one, then he got his fourth foul, and after that we got some more kids in the game. We put him back in, and thankfully he was able to make it.

“I’m real proud of the kids, and this was a good game for us.”

For Manchester, Isaiah Scott led with 20 points.