Butler County Times Gazette
  • Winfield uses zone defense, transition to beat Orioles

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  • Winfield's gameplan was simple: Play a zone defense, and race to the other end of the court as soon as one of its players had the ball.
    For the most part, the Vikings' plan worked as they came away with a 58-47 win against Augusta's boys basketball team Thursday night.
    "They're just long," coach David Stephenson said. "A long zone like that is very hard for some of our littler guys to pass around and get their shots off, so it was a good idea by them."
    At times, Augusta adapted to the defense. Chase Winter hit a 3-pointer and Connor Hurst scored a jumper after a pump fake late in the first quarter for a 10-5 lead.
    But as the game wore on, Winfield was able to score several baskets in transition and Augusta couldn't keep up. Kolton Schenker hit a jumper to tie the game 19-19, but Winfield closed the half on a 12-2 run for a 31-21 halftime lead.
    The Vikings finished with 19 transition points through the first three quarters and took a 43-31 lead into the fourth.
    While Augusta drops to 1-5 on the season heading into the break, Stephenson has told his players not to panic.
    "I told the kids, 'Everybody just take a deep breath' because everybody we've played but Circle has been or is ranked in the top 10. We've fought. I just hope we really learned from that."
    Augusta returns to practice Dec. 28, and its first game after the break will be Jan. 4 at Wellington.
    n Augusta's freshman team beat Winfield 53-42. Cole Howerton led the Orioles with 12 points on four field goals and 4-of-4 free throw shooting. Preston Bevan added nine, Cody Wesbrooks had eight and Josh Korthals had seven.
    Michael Albright hit three 3-pointers and scored 21 points, but the JV team lost a nailbiter 71-68. Dustyn McEachern and Caleb Faulconer both added 15 points.
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