Wildcats split: Wood County Christian falls to Teays 80-50

WILLIAMSTOWN -The triple threat of Elias Beacom, Justin Wojcieszak and Zack Moore shot 25-for-35 (71 percent) and scored 55 points for Teays Valley Christian to lead the Lions over Wood County Christian 80-50 Friday evening.

It was the tale of two halves for the Wildcats, who were 13-for-30 (43 percent) from the floor in the first two quarters but made just nine field goals in 32 attempts in the second half.

“I was proud of the way we played in the first half,” said WCCS head coach Dan Ellis. “We hung with them that first quarter and were within striking distance. They just get the ball out so quick and run it that we just didn’t have an answer for it.”

Overall, TVCS was 36-of-62 (58 percent) from the floor while the Wildcats were 22-of-62 (35 percent).

Jamie Arnold led WCCS with 19 points. Zack Hughes was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 11. Scotty Heslop topped the Wildcats with six boards.

Ben Parsons joined Beacom, Wojcieszak and Moore in double-digit points with 14. Wojcieszak had a game-high 10 rebounds while Beacom led everyone with six assists and four steals.

“(Beacom) really makes their team,” Ellis said of the Lions’ point guard. “He does a nice job.”

Wood County Christian jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to a layup and a 3-pointer by Arnold. Wojcieszak and Parsons scored consecutive baskets to bring it to 5-4, but Patrick Goff and Hughes countered with a basket apiece to make it 9-4. After a basket by Wojcieszak, Hughes hit a trey to double-up the Lions at 12-6. After Moore hit a layup on an assist from Beacom, Arnold drained a 3-ball to give WCCS its largest lead of the game at 15-8.

Later, a 3-pointer by Beacom and a layup from Moore tied the game at 15-15. After a floater by Arnold, Beacom hit back-to-back layups to put the Lions on top for the first time in the contest at 19-17.

Wojcieszak and Beacom hit consecutive layups to open the second quarter. After WCCS responded with buckets from Goff and Scotty Heslop, Moore followed with a putback layup to make the score 25-21. An Arnold 3-pointer cut it to 25-24, but from there, it was all Teays Valley as the Lions went on a 15-6 run to close the half up 39-30.

The third quarter is where things got ugly for the Wildcats, as they were outscored 33-8 by the Lions coming out of the break. TVCS scored the first 18 points of the quarter before a floater by Arnold made it 57-32. Later, a 3-pointer by Parsons stretched the lead to 30 points at 62-32.

The fourth quarter, which WCCS outscored Teays Valley 12-8, started with a layup by Hughes and ended with a 3-pointer from Joseph Krupinski, but it was not nearly enough as the Lions cruised to victory.

“They can shoot it from the outside and they just get the ball out and run it so fast,” Ellis said. “We just didn’t have an answer.”

TVCS held a 34-25 edge in rebounding while the Wildcats claimed a 12-13 advantage in turnovers.

The Lions, who defeated Wood County Christian 72-55 earlier in the season, improved to 18-4 with victory. The Wildcats are now 7-13 after the loss.

WCCS is back in action at 6 p.m. Tuesday when it takes on Calhoun.