WAMEGO — Wamego used a crushing fourth quarter to take out Marysville 46-33 Friday night at home.
The victory is an important one for the Red Raiders, who, despite going into the contest with a 1-5 record, are now even in conference play at 2-2.
“We really needed this win,” Wamego head coach Troy Hemphill said. “It’s very important (to get to 2-2). We take great pride in our league games, obviously — I think all of our league schools do. We lost a close game toChapman earlier that we really felt bad about so this was a good one to get.
“I have a lot of respect for Marysville’s team. I’ve seen them play twice and they are awfully good, so that was a good win for us.”
Issac Poe led the way for the Red Raiders (2-5) with a 19-point evening. The 6-foot-3 junior was the go-to threat and the only player in double-figures for Wamego.
The Bulldogs (2-7) had just four players register points in the contest, with senior Cale Green leading the team with 16 points, while teammate Brandon Griffee added 10.
“Issac did a really nice job,” Hemphill said. “(Marysville) creates some mismatches with their size but we create some mismatches with our quickness. Teams have trouble staying with Issac and he did a nice job of being aggressive and finishing plays. He had a really good game tonight.
“We’re really, really pleased. We were struggling and we’ve only had one game in a month, so we were probably searching a little bit. But I think we’ve found some stuff on the floor we can build on.”
After a slow start that saw the Bulldogs with a 10-9 lead after the first quarter, 3-pointers by Wamego’s Zach Seeberger and Trenton York propelled the Red Raiders to a 23-18 lead at halftime.
Following the break, Poe was just an inch or two away from a fast break dunk to open the half — it still made it in — and the tone was set.
Marysville’s Garrison Wright, a large, physical presence at 6-4, was a factor on the boards. But Poe’s speed showed it’s strength after the break with three straight makes inside.
A 3-pointer from the top of the key by Green kept the Bulldogs within pace at the end of the third quarter where Wamego held a 33-29 lead.
But, just like he started out the half, Poe made a quick impact to start the fourth.
Poe sank a trey and after a defensive stop, a make under the bucket by fellow junior Matthew Webb put the Red Raiders up by nine.
A quick move inside moments later by York extended the Wamego lead and although Marsyville was able to answer with a trey from Griffee to cut the lead back to eight points with 3:47 to go, Webb grew the lead to 10 points again in the paint after grabbing an offensive rebound.
The Red Raiders grew the lead the rest of the way.
“We just kept after it and one of the things we’ve been lacking in our losses is our ability to make plays and to finish out plays,” Hemphill said. “I think we did enough of that tonight and it gave the kids some confidence.
“I feel good about what we did tonight.”
Wamego 46, Marysville 33
Marysville 10 8 11 4 — 33
Wamego 9 11 10 13 — 46
MARYSVILLE (33) — Green 16, Griffee 10, Wright 6, Crome 1. WAMEGO (46) — Poe 19, York 7, Webb 6, Seeberger 5, Malin 4, Wethington 4, Wolf 1.
3-pointers — Marysville 3 (Green 2, Griffee); Wamego 3 (Poe, Seeberger, York).