February 22, 2018
Fort Gay, W. Va. — Tolsia (6-16) avenged an early season loss on Tuesday with a 68-55 victory over Huntington St. Joe (7-15) on Senior night at Rebel Arena.
Tolsia got off to a sluggish start and trailed 8-3 before going on a 16-0 run as the Rebel faithful roared with appreciation as the Rebels claimed a 19-8 lead after one period.
St. Joe made a little run in the second quarter but still trailed 33-23 at Halftime.
In the third period Tolsia came out determined to close out a victory on Senior night and built a 15 point lead going into the 4th period.
The Irish cut the lead to 8 in the final stanza but didn’t get any closer as the Rebels closed out the regular season in style.
Senior Jonathon Johnson paced four Rebels in double figures with 18 points, Jacob Mollette hit 4 three pointers and finished with 17 points, Rob Cantrell tallied 14 points, Austin Salmons chipped in with 12 points, Senior Jared Switzer went 4-4 from the line and dished out 9 assists, Tyler Johnson had 3 points.
THS hit 5 three pointers and went 16-25 from the charity stripe.
St. Joe 8 15 14 18 – 55
Tolsia 19 14 19 16 – 68
Tolsia 62 Rose Hill 52 ( Saturday )
The Rebels jumped out to big 36-17 lead at halftime as Austin Salmons, Jared Switzer and Rob Cantrell combined for 33 points.
Rose Hill showed some grit in the second half and cut the lead to seven points a couple different times but couldn’t get any closer.
Switzer led the Rebels with 18 points, Cantrell 14 and Salmons 13. Jacob Mollette chipped in with 8, Tyler Johnson went 6-6 from the line for 6 points and Jonathon Johnson finished with 3 points.
THS hit 5 three pointers and went 19-28 from the line.
Rose Hill 13 4 16 19 – 52
Tolsia 24 12 9 17 – 62
#6 Seed Tolsia will meet #3 Seed Huntington St. Joe in a Region 4 Section 2 first round matchup Saturday at 7:00.
Tolsia Head Coach Todd Maynard
“… Last night was a huge sectional win for our program. We have a Rebel standard and key word is ‘Togetherness’. We played together last night in all aspects of the game. Everyone did their job. I was proud the way we competed tonight.”
“… It was a great senior night for Jared Switzer and Jonathon Johnson. They have been a big part of rebuilding this program with their senior leadership and mentoring the younger guys on the team.”
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