Strong Second Half Leads Washington Court House Past McClain

Fifteen second half points from Washington Court House Jr. guard Evan Upthegrove proved to be the deciding factor in the Blue Lion's 47-40 victory over McClain on Tuesday night. Upthegrove was held scoreless through the first sixteen minutes of the game but exploded in the second to lead Washington to victory.

Neither team played necessarily well in the first half of play. McClain was able to take a 21-17 lead into the half but Court House kept it close with by knocking down five three pointers, three from Dillon Steward, but they only made one two point shot. Washington committed 15 first half turnovers, was 5-15 from beyond the arc and 6-20 total shooting for 30%. McClain committed 12 first half turnovers and were 9-25 from the field including two three point shots for a total shooting percentage of 33%.

The two teams played even through the third period with each team scoring 15  points, as McClain remained in the lead at 36-32. The fourth quarter however belonged to the Blue Lions as they outscored McClain 15-4 and took their first lead of the game at the 2:34 mark of the final frame.

 Evan Upthegrove scored half of his teams second half points. Upthegrove led all scored with 15, followed by Dillon Steward who had 11. On the night the Blue Lions 2-3 (1-3) ended with 21 turnovers but scored 18 points off McClain turnovers, they shot 18-39 including eight three pointers for a total shooting percentage of 46% and were 3-7 from the free throw line. Washington plays at Miami Trace this Saturday in a double header as both the boys and girls teams will be in action.

McClain 1-4 (0-4) was led in scoring by Junior Devin Carter who had 10 points, he was the only Tiger in double figures. They shot 17-48 from the field including five three pointers, committed 23 turnovers and scored 18 points off Blue Lion turnovers.


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