Mason, W. Va. — Wahama ( 17-8 ) used a big second half and clinched a spot in the Class A state tournament for the first time since 1970 after a 77-40 victory over Tolsia ( 13-11 ) in the Region 4 Co-Final in front of a standing room only crowd Thursday night.
Senior Ben Clayton knocks down the jumper in the first quarter versus Wahama.
Parker Watts led the Rebels with 20 points, Ben Clayton tallied 9 points, Bryson Muncy added 4 points, David Dingess, Jayson Vanhoose and Evan Ball had 2 points each and Bray Mollette chipped in with 1 point.
Senior Jayson Vanhoose eyes the free throw attempt in the Region final at Wahama.
Tolsia made 2 three pointers and went 6 of 10 from the charity stripe.
Leading scorer Parker Watts brings the ball up the court in the first quarter against Wahama.
Wahama was led by Josiah Lloyd who hit 6 threes and finished with 35 points, Sawyer Vanmetre had 18 points, Bryce Suspan had 10 points, Eli Rickard 6 points, Ethan Corey 3 points, Wyatt Harris and Hayden Lloyd 2 points each and Aden Young 1 point.
The White Falcons made 10 three pointers and went 14 of 18 from the free throw line.
THS 12 11 9 8 = 40
WHS 14 15 24 24 = 77
Senior David Dingess sizes up the Wahama offensive player.
The White Falcons will be the #7 seed and play #2 seed Tug Valley ( 21-3 ) in the first round Wednesday at 7:15 at the Charleston Coliseum.
Tolsia Head Coach Brian Stacy
“… Tough night for us, thought we got off to a good start early on but they wore us down. Give them all the credit, we knew they were good from watching them on film. They are sound and very fundamental, great atmosphere for high school basketball tonight.”
“… Not how we wanted it to end but only one team will end their season with a win. We only won four games last year and to follow that up with thirteen is pretty good. I think we are moving in the right direction. We had a good offseason last year and we need to follow that up again. We have some guys playing baseball and I’m all for guys playing multiple sports. I’m sure u will have some guys ready to go in a few days to get back in the gym.”
“… Gonna miss my three seniors for sure. All three of those guys will be successful whatever they choose to do. Hopefully the underclassmen have been paying attention to guys in front of them the last two years. And can use that to become leaders themselves.”