MARYSVILLE — In true team fashion, the Wamego boys basketball team used a collective effort to overcome Marysville in the second half of a 56-40 NCKL win Friday night.
Eleven players posted a basket for the Red Raiders and no one wearing a Wamego jersey scored in double-digits.
Senior Marshall Wethington led the Red Raiders (7-1, 4-0 NCKL) with nine points and fellow senior Matt Webb was just behind him with eight.
Marysville (3-6, 1-5) was led in scoring by 6-foot-5 senior Garrison Wright, who posted a game-high 13 points. Teammate Brandon Griffee — another senior — added nine.
“In the first half we completely and thoroughly got out-played,” Wamego head coach Troy Hemphill said. “Marysville played harder than we did and played smarter. We weren’t focused. We had ball-handling errors, we missed free throws, we missed good shots and had a lot of fouls, and all those things point to not being focused.
“At halftime we reorganized and came out and played a lot better basketball.”
Despite the shaky start, the Red Raiders led 14-12 after the first quarter and led 23-20 at the break. Wamego was able to pull away in the third quarter when the Red Raiders outscored the Bulldogs 16-8.
Wamego led 39-28 going into the final period, and it was an advantage it wouldn’t give up.
“We play a lot of guys and have a lot of guys who can score,” Hemphill said about the list of Red Raiders who posted a field goal. “Marshall was limited tonight with (early) foul trouble. He’s one of our main guys, but we’ve been doing that (all season).
“We’ll maybe have one guy in double figures, or get nine, 10, 11 guys to score. We just do it as a group and tonight was really one of those nights we needed everybody.
“We feel like we have quality depth and we like to use it.”
Hemphill said the big third quarter pull away was due to simple fundamentals and a deep bench.
“We just quit throwing (the ball) to them and made better shots,” he said. “But, I thought James Page hit the big shots in the second half — he’s a good offensive player — and Calder Malin was really good.
“Calder, sometimes he doesn’t play much at all, but he played big minutes tonight and was just fine. So, yeah, I feel like that’s one of our strengths. We have a lot of players and we try to use that depth as much as we can.”