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Joe Michael scores 26 to lead Whiteoak past North Adams, 68-61

Lead Summary
     HILLSBORO - Joe Michael scored 26 points including 10 of 18 from the foul line Friday night to pace the Whiteoak Wildcats to 68-61 season-opening victory over the North Adams Green Devils.

     The game was the nightcap of three games between the two Southern Hills
League schools, played at Southern State Community College's Patriot Center.

     Mike Carraher scored seven first-quarter points for Tom Wessner's Wildcats,
as took an early 20-10 edge after eight minutes. Sam Louden connected for
five points for Dave Young's Green Devils in the opening period and Kris
King drained a 3-ball to keep it close. Louden's trey answered back-to-back
3-pointers by Ben Barnett and Carraher.

     Jerry Stuckey hooked up with Michael on a long pass for a layup to start the
second period. Michael scored another five points and Stuckey added two more
before North Adams scored on a pair a free throws by Nick Latham at the 4:51
mark. At the 3:33 mark, No. 33 for North Adams laced a 3-pointer to cut it
to 31-15 in favor of the Cats.

     Whiteoak maintained its double-digit lead through the half, on good second
quarter play by Michael, Barnett, Carraher and Ethan Eyre.
Eyre closed out the Whiteoak scoring with a pair of free throws.

     Drew Dollich connected on a long 3-pointer for North Adams to leave the
halftime score at 40-26.

     In the third period, the Green Devils stepped up the full-court defense and
held Whiteoak scoreless until a Michael free throw at 3:13. It would be the
first of 10 foul shots Michael would take in the third period alone.

     A Sam Louden basket with 4:55 on the clock capped an 8-0 run by North Adams
to begin the second half. Zach Dollich scored five points for North Adams in
the quarter, but Whiteoak held on to a 51-39 lead after three frames.

     In the final period, the Devils fought back to within five points, 61-56, on
a Sheridan Carroll basket. They would get no closer, however.

     In addition to Michael's 26 points, Carraher scored 12, Barnett finished
with 11 and Stuckey scored eight points to lead Whiteoak (1-0).

     Louden led North Adams with 15 points, followed by Drew Dollich and Nick
latham with 10 points apiece. Zach Dollich added seven for the Green Devils

WHS reserve wins, 40-36
* In reserve play, Whiteoak, coached by Michael Cheesbro, defeated North
Adams, 40-36, behind nine points from Zach Docter, eight by Luke Taggert and
six from Gage Carraher.

Nathan Copas' North Adams jayvee was led by Skylar Mefford with 12 points.
Chris Burns scored eight and Anthony Richendollar scored seven.

* The Whiteoak freshmen also were victorious, posting a 25-20 win.

Coach Cheesbro's freshmen were led by Jesse Gibson's 11 points. Blake
Trueblood added seven for Whiteoak and Zach Docter scored three.

The North Adams freshmen, coached by Rob Meade, were led by David Shipley,
Cody Jodrey and Corey Jodrey with five points apiece. Shipley's 3-pointer
was the first basket of the season for North Adams.

Varsity summary
Score by quarters:
NAHS – 10  16  13  22 — 61
WHS –  20  20  11  17 — 68

Individual scoring

NAHS (61) – Carroll 1-2-4; Louden 6-3-15; King 0-1-0-3; Z. Dollich 1-5-7;
Latham 4-2-10; Rothwell 2-1-1-8; D. Dollich 2-2-0-10; Baker 2-0-4.

WHS (68) – Stuckey 2-1-1-8; Barnett 3-1-2-11; Cope 0-1-1-4; Michael 8-10-26;
Eyre 2-3-7; Carraher 2-2-2-12.
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