Charley Skinner totaled eight points for Whiteoak in their win over Northwest Saturday. (Submitted photo)
Charley Skinner totaled eight points for Whiteoak in their win over Northwest Saturday. (Submitted photo)
In a season that continues to show improvement on the court for the Whiteoak Wildcats, their winning ways moved them to 10-9 overall on Saturday night by winning on the road at Northwest High School, defeating the Mohawks, 59-50.

This was the second win in as many days for the Wildcats as they defeated rival Lynchburg-Clay Friday night at home by a 56-54 score. That momentum gave the Wildcats three wins in a week as they also won over Highland County rival Fairfield Tuesday night by a 64-55 score.

“We played four quarters of basketball,” WHS head coach Blake Kibler said. “(Stephen) Ross rolled his ankle in the first quarter and was out of the rest of the game. (Charley) Skinner really stepped up in his place and played his best game yet.

“Atlee Carr also stepped up in a big way and played solid defense and made big shots down the stretch. Traeten (Hamilton) played four quarters of basketball and got hot on the inside. We are so proud of these kids and the resilience they show night in, night out, and we are peaking right into tournament time.”

On Saturday night, the Wildcats were on the road, and they continued to play with the momentum they’ve gained the previous two games on their home court by attacking early at Northwest with a 17-15 first frame, followed by 13 more points in the second (while their defense allowed just nine points in the second) for a halftime lead of 30-24.

Northwest won the third frame by a single point at 13-12, only to see the Wildcats jump back with a 17-13 fourth quarter for the nine-point non-conference win.

Traeten Hamilton led the way for Whiteoak with 25 points, four rebounds and one assist. He was 9-of-11 from the free-throw line and 8-of-16 from the field.

Trever Yeager followed with 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal. In his scoring, Yeager sank a 3-pointer and was 1-of-3 from the free-throw line.

Charley Skinner totaled eight points for the Wildcats as he also collected six rebounds, two assists and he shot 6-of-12 from the free-throw line. Both Atlee Carr and Zach Rand scored four points, with Rand also having five rebounds and Carr collecting one board and shooting 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

Michael Crowe and Stephen Ross each finished with three points, as both players sank 3-pointers in the win. Crowe also collected two rebounds and two assists. Rounding out the scoring in the victory was Brayden Yeager with two points and two rebounds.

The Wildcats finished 18-of-39 from the field, 20-of-30 from the free-throw line and totaled 26 rebounds. Northwest had seven rebounds, while shooting 17-of-42 from the field and 13-of-19 from the free-throw line.

Next for the Wildcats is a non-conference game vs. the Washington Blue Lions on Tuesday, Feb. 6. From there, Whiteoak plays on Friday, Feb. 9 at Eastern Brown and on Saturday, Feb. 10 they wrap up the regular season with a home game vs. East Clinton.