By Eric Jones - Journal Sports Writer
HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- Hedgesville boys basketball coach Kelly Church summed up his team's win over Shenandoah Valley Academy on Tuesday night in a few words.
Church wasn't going to overanalyze the Eagles' 85-18 win over the Stars at the Miller Center. There's not much to analyze after 67-point win. Hedgesville was very good, and that's the end of the story.
"Sometimes it's just good to get a win and have the team feel good about themselves," Church said.
The Eagles were feeling pretty good after the blowout win over the Stars, one in which Hedgesville dominated from the start.
"They had three kids who were supposed to attend that didn't, so that certainly diminishes what they have," Church said.
The Eagles had one of the those games where everything seemed to go their way. Hedgesville was solid on offense, scoring at least 18 points in each quarter, and even better on defense, where it held the Stars to just five field goals and didn't allow them to reach double-digit scoring until the fourth quarter.
Hedgesville put the game away -- right away -- as it outscored SVA 22-0 in the first quarter, including connecting on its first three shots on 3-pointers by Rahsaan Shanton and Juwan Powell, and a putback by C.J. Burks to make the score 8-0.
The Eagles ran to a 22-0 opening-quarter lead by running up and down the court. Seemingly every missed shot and turnover by the Stars turned into points for Hedgesville, including a dunk by Aaron Snider late in the first quarter.
"We played unselfishly tonight," Church said. "I don't know the exact numbers, but most of our field goals were assisted field goals and a lot of those on breakaways. When you play an inferior opponent, it's easy to play selfishly."
After SVA got its first points of the game, a three-point play by Elijah Moore, the Eagles scored 11 straight points, going ahead by 33-3 with four minutes left in the first half. Moore had half of the Stars' 18 points.
Hedgesville extended its lead to 58-9 at the end of the third quarter with two 8-0 runs -- one to to start the quarter and end the quarter.
The Eagles went on for the 67-point victory, getting points down the stretch from some of its bench players like Robert Blair and Adam Church, who each knocked down a pair of free throws, and Alex Church, who had a 3-pointer, and Jacob Ervin, who scored Hedgesville's final basket of the game.
"It's nice to let a bunch of kids play," Church said. "Jacob Ervin, for instance, practices with the varsity team but doesn't see the court much. Our team was thrilled to see him not only play, but also score. Guys like Jacob, they practice just as hard as a Juwan Powell. Hopefully, we can continue that team attitude."
Everyone got in on the action for Hedgesville, which had 13 players in the scoring column. Powell led the way with 15 points, including eight in the first half. Chris Shields added 14 points and Kimani King 13.