WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers ended an eight-game losing streak with a big conference win, edging the Upper Scioto Valley Rams 40-35 on Friday night in Waynesfield.
The Tigers improved to 3-8 overall and 1-2 in Northwest Central Conference play.
The score was tied with 6:54 left in the game. But clutch free throws late by Colton Miller and Jacob Frank helped the Tigers eke out a victory.
“The guys played hard tonight and it was a good win,” W-G varsity coach Ryan Taylor said.
Leading in scoring for the W-G was sophomore guard Colton Miller with 12 points, the only Tiger in double digits.
The Tigers out rebounded the Rams 40-20.
“An emphasis tonight was rebounding on both ends of the floor,” Taylor said. “There were enough missed shots from both teams to do that.”
Junior forward Lee Turner led the way for the Tigers with 11 rebounds.
Intense defensive pressure by W-G caused the Rams to struggle during the first half of play.
“We had a rough week of practice,” USV varsity coach Aaron Thomson said. “We only made one basket in the first half.”
W-G started the game with a 7-0 run. USV finally got on the board with 2:00 left in the first quarter.
The Rams took advantage of W-G turnovers and worked their way back into the game at the free throw line.
“Our free throw shooting was 17 out of 25 and that kept us in the game," Thomson said.
Paving the way for the Rams was Senior Steven Jenkins with nine points. Sophomore Austin Howard and Senior Luke Boecker also chipped in with eight points each.
“I have to give credit to Waynesfield,” said Thomson. “They went through a lot of struggles and fought hard to come back.”
W-G won the junior varsity game 50-56.
The Tigers hope to keep up the pace as they play at Marion Catholic next Friday at 6 p.m.