SULLIVAN – WSS coach Bob Lockart returned to one former coaching stop, and his team put on a defensive display with a tough man-to-man look. WSS defeated Sullivan 57-31 after leading 26-6 at halftime.
Sullivan came out and attacked the basket in the second half, getting almost as many field goal attempts as they did in the entire first half, as it cut the deficit to 15 on a basket by Drew Rogers. WSS went on a 10-2 run over the next 2:39, starting with a three-point play by sophomore Samuel Vonderheide followed by a 3-pointer by him. Baskets by Gavan Wernsing and Parker Domzalski off a steal pushed the Hatchets lead to 42-19, its largest lead of the game at that point. They later led by 27.
Freshman Austin Wittenberg and Wernsing had eight points each for WSS, which out rebounded Sullivan 21-16 and had 16 turnovers to Sullivan's 21.
"I was pleased with our defensive end," Lockart said. "My concern was the second half. I knew they were going to come out and get after us. We played those first two minutes like we were the ones down 20 when we had the ball going were we were going versus having that good possession of execution and make them pay and gradually keep executing, but it is early and we are young. I am happy with them. In our first two to two and a half weeks I am pleased with where we are at, but by no means satisfied. "
The Hatchets held Sullivan to 1-of-13 (.078) shooting from the field, including 1-of-9 (.111) from beyond the 3-point line as WSS forced them outside.
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The Hatchets are a young team starting two freshmen twins, two sophomores and a senior and had several baskets off inbounds plays. WSS was 12-of-22 (.545) from the field in the first half.
Sullivan started in a 2-3 zone and played some man-to-man in the second quarter, but to no avail. They played man and pressed in the second half.
The Hatchets forced the Redskins into 14 turnovers in the first half.
WSS scored the first 11 points of the game, including a three-point play by Vonderheide, who had a team-high seven points at the half. The only basket for Sullivan in the first quarter occurred with 14 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Ryan Batman. The Redskins' shots were all 3-point attempts in the opening quarter.
Vonderheide led all players with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Colin Chappel led the Redskins with nine points.
WSS shot 61 percent from the field for the game, while holding Sullivan to 38 percent. The Redskins shot 58 percent in the second half.
Sullivan (0-2) will travel to Effingham to play St. Anthony, which won its own Thanksgiving Tournament. WSS (3-2) opens play in the National Trail Conference with a home game against Dieterich at Stewardson-Strasburg on its homecoming game on Friday.
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