Western Hills hasn’t won many games this season.
So Thursday night was a welcome occurrence for the Wolverines.
Sophomore Dylan Jones led four players in double figures, lifting WHHS to a 65-53 win over Nicholas County at Lapsley Cardwell Gymnasium.
“It feels a lot better than losing, I can tell you that. It feels a whole lot better,” WHHS senior Kory Waller said.
The Wolverines (3-22) avoided their second 11-game losing streak of the season. They have yet to win back-to-back games.
“We’ve always been on the cusp,” WHHS coach Geoff Cody said. “We’ve come a long way since we first started playing ... and we’ve always been close.”
Jones had 16 points and five rebounds off the bench for the Wolverines.
Waller scored 13 points — 10 in the fourth quarter — senior Michael Hatfield 11 and sophomore Keaton Anderson 10 in reserve roles. Sophomore Patrick Foley added eight points and six rebounds.
“We’re like a MASH unit right now we’ve got so many guys hurt,” said Cody, whose team is without seniors Kyle Fisher, ZhaVaughn Reed and Macaulay Hurst because of injuries. “I said before the game that we need some guys to step up and we got that.”
Senior Scott Keaton had 26 points — 17 in the second half — and 14 rebounds to lead the Bluejackets (10-13), who have lost four straight. Junior Tyler Newton scored all 12 of his points in the first half.
WHHS took the lead for good in the second quarter after going on a 14-0 run and turning a 19-16 deficit into a 30-19 lead. Jones started the spurt with a 3 and senior Chase Mahoney capped it with a pair of free throws.
“After the first quarter, coach started yelling at us and said, ‘Losing wasn’t an option,’” Waller said. “We took that and we made sure we weren’t going to lose and we stepped it up.”
NCHS came back and got within two twice in the third quarter, but WHHS answered with buckets each time and pushed its margin back to double digits in the fourth quarter.
“Earlier in the year we would’ve lost this game tonight,” Cody said. “But we have come a long way and they haven’t quit. They kept working and did everything we asked them to do and we were able to hang on and get the ‘W.’”
WHHS goes to Madison Southern today, with tipoff at 7:30 p.m.
NICHOLAS CO. (53) — Tyler Newton 12, Austin Shepherd 2, Scott Keaton 26, Ben Duncan 7, Logan Fryman 6.
WESTERN HILLS (65) — Patrick Foley 8, Michael Hatfield 11, Chase Mahoney 4, Kory Waller 13, Keaton Anderson 10, Dylan Jones 16, Willie Walker 3.