By SHANNON DOVE
Fostoria High School’s boys basketball team is limping its way to the end of the season.
Drew Burner scored 20 points to lead Woodmore in an 83-53 victory over Fostoria in Northern Buckeye Conference action Friday.
Burner was one of four Wildcats players in double figures and all 11 players in the lineup scored.
“They’re very, very aggressive on offense and they’re going to drive to the basket in transition and in their half-court sets,” Fostoria coach Thom Loomis said of Woodmore. “We knew that. We worked extremely hard for four days this week on that in practice. Then, tonight we did not execute the defense the way we practiced it all week.”
Limping is an apt description of the Redmen: Avondre Reed was sidelined with a walking cast on his right foot and Karsen Bemis left the game early with a sprained ankle.
The Redmen (3-15) trailed 7-2 midway through the first quarter before Trae Anderson hit a 3-pointer and Maalik Tucker had a fast-break layup after a steal to knot things at 7-7 at 4:10.
But the Wildcats outscored Fostoria 10-1 the rest of the quarter with Burner accounting for eight points.
From there, the Wildcats extended the lead to 40-19 by halftime, including a 9-0 run from 6:15 to 4:06 with four points from Kevin Paul, three from Mitchell Miller and two from Taityn Rollins.
In the final minute of the third quarter things got tense.
Woodmore committed the seventh team foul of the half and had the Redmen inbound the ball instead of shooting one-and-one.
Fostoria’s bench objected as play continued and the Redmen scored right before the whistle sounded.
The basket didn’t count as the officials separated players on the floor and charged Jace Boff with a technical foul.
The officials then sent Eli Ward to the foul line to shoot the one-and-one for the Redmen; he missed the first attempt.
Burner stepped to the line for the Wildcats to shoot two free throws for the technical foul and he made them both. The incident had no effect whatsoever on the score, which was 66-34 at the end of the third, but it did provide some drama.
Paul led the Wildcats with eight rebounds and added 12 points while Miller scored 14 points and Hayden Heidebrink added 10 points.
“I credit coach (Aaron) Clouse and Woodmore,” Loomis said. “They have a tremendous team … I think that they maybe came in with a chip on their shoulder this season and they’re playing very well. Credit to them, they’re a nice team.”
Aneas Cousin had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Anderson also scored 12 points. Tucker finished the game with 11 points. Dom Settles scored seven points off the bench and Dylan Sheets hit a pair of 3-pointers in the second half.
Woodmore edged Fostoria 43-40 in the junior varsity game, fueled by Paul Koenig’s 21-point effort. Sheets paced the Redmen with 10 points.
Rollins 2-0–4, Mierzejewski 0-5–5, Barbee 1-0–3, Paul 3-6–12, Blausey 2-1–6, Miller 5-2–14, Burner 6-7–20, Heidebrink 4-2–10, Barringer 0-1–1, Sandrock 3-0–6, Koenig 1-0–2. TOTALS: 27-60 24-27 — 83.
Anderson 4-3–12, Boff 0-0–0, Settles 3-0–7, Sierra 1-0–2, Cousin 3-5–12, Ward 1-1–3, Finsel 0-0–0, Bemis 0-0–0, Tucker 4-3–11, Sheets 2-0–6, Brown 0-0–0, Carter-Stokes 0-0–0. TOTALS: 18-62 12-18 — 53.
Woodmore 19 21 26 17 — 83
Fostoria 10 9 15 19 — 53
3-Point GOALS: Woodmore 5-20 (Miller 2, Barbee, Blausey, Burner); Fostoria 5-26 (Sheets 2, Anderson, Settles, Cousin).
rebounds: Woodmore 37 (Paul 8); Fostoria 33 (Cousin 10).
turnovers: Woodmore 9; Fostoria 19.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Woodmore, 43-40.