WARTBURG — No Fountain in the lineup? No problem. At least that was the message Wartburg sent here Tuesday, November 20, scoring an 80-70 win over Scott High in non-district action.
Elijah Langley scored 20 points to lead three Bulldogs in double figures, and Wartburg led the Highlanders most of the way en route to the 10-point win that seemed to suggest the Bulldogs will be in the thick of the District 4-A title hunt again this season, despite the prognosticators’ predictions.
Trey Morrow scored 19 for the Highlanders, including 13 in the second half, while Bryson Russ scored 16, but Tuesday’s game was ultimately about Wartburg’s offense.
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[s2If current_user_can(access_s2member_level1)]The Bulldogs built a moderate first half lead, then watched as the Highlanders — led by Russ’ eight second quarter points — stormed back to take a 41-39 lead to the intermission. The Bulldogs put 20 points on the board in the third quarter, though, and followed that with 21 in the fourth, to secure the win.
Morrow had a double-double, his second of the season, with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
As a team, the Highlanders shot 42 percent from the field, but were just 41 percent — 7 of 17 — from the free throw line.
Wartburg didn’t shoot much better from the free throw line, hitting 45 percent of its attempts. But, in the end, the line made all the difference. The Bulldogs got there 42 times, hitting 19, enabling them to score a double-digit win in a game that saw each team hit the same number of field goals.
Seventeen of Wartburg’s free throw attempts came in the fourth quarter, and the Bulldogs hit nine of them — enough to help them stave off any comeback effort Scott may have had up its sleeve.
It was the third quarter, though, that saw the Bulldogs make their move. Down 41-39 at halftime, Wartburg ratcheted up its defensive pressure in the third. Morrow had six points, but no other Highlander scored more than a single basket, and Scott had just 12 points for the quarter.
Langley, meanwhile, scored seven of his 20 in the third quarter to lead a 20-12 surge that allowed the Bulldogs to take the lead for good.
SCOTT (70): Morrow 19, Russ 16, West 9, Goodman 8, Buttram 7, Lauderdale 5, Babb 4, Tucker 2.
WARTBURG (80): Langley 20, Branstetter 19, Justes 17, McCarty 8, Johnson 5, Hamby 5, Davis 3, Monroe 2, Carroll 1.[/s2If]