The Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs snagged a road win Tuesday evening against the West Union High School Dragons with a final score of 73-47, according to information supplied by L-C head coach Matt Carson.
The first quarter saw the Mustangs jump out to an 18 to 11 margin, thanks in large part to Eric McLaughlin’s 13 points in the quarter. McLaughlin had four two-point field goals, a three-point field goal, and made two of three free-throws. Joe Giordano added in five of his own in the quarter.
The second quarter saw the Mustangs score 16 points with Giordano leading the charge with 11, followed by fellow senior AJ Stroop, who chipped in five.
At halftime, the Mustangs held a 34 to 24 advantage.
The Mustangs came out of the gates hot in the third quarter as they blitzed their host by outscoring them 21 to 10. McLaughlin, Giordano, Stroop and Lampkin all found the scoring column in the quarter for the Mustangs. The quarter saw the Mustangs make five of their 11 three pointers on the night, as McLaughlin made three and Giordano and Lampkin each had one.
In the fourth quarter, six different Mustangs dented the scoring column, as Michael Heindel, Giordano, McLaughlin and Damin Pierson all made a field goal. Heindel hit two field goals of the 3-point variety, and Giordano and McLaughlin each hit one. Pierson’s field goal was a two-point field goal. Rounding out the scoring in the quarter was Austin Hilt, who made two free-throws, and Devin DeHart, who made one.
The final on the scoreboard read Lynchburg-Clay, 73, West Union, 47.
“I was pleased with our effort for a majority of the game on the defensive end,” Carson said. “Joe and Eric had exceptional scoring games, and that allowed other opportunities to open up for their teammates and they stepped up and knocked down shots… When we move the ball like we did in the second half, it’s fun to watch.”
Joe Giordano led the Mustangs with 27 points on the evening, followed by Eric McLaughlin with 25. AJ Stroop scored seven in the contest, followed by Michael Heindel with six. Brian Lampkin scored three points, followed by Austin Hilt and Damin Pierson, who each scored two. Devin DeHart rounded out the scoring for the Mustangs with one point. Leading West Union in scoring was Elijah McCarty with 13 points, followed by DJ Welch with 10. The win improves the Mustangs’ record to 3-0 overall (2-0) in conference play. West Union falls to 1-2 (1-1) in conference play.
Lynchburg-Clay — 18 16 21 18 — 73
West Union — 11 13 10 13 – 47
LCHS – Giordano 7(3)-4-/5-27; McLaughlin 4(5)-2/3-25; Stroop 3-1/2-7; Heindel (2)-0/1-6; Lampkin (1)-3; Pierson 1-2; Hilt 2-2 2; DeHart 1/4-1
WUHS – McCarty 3(1)-4/5-13; Welch 3(1)-1/2-10; Mullenix 4-1/1-9; Horton 2-4; Fenton 1-1/2-3; Wolke (1)-3; Fuller 1-2; Vogler 1-2; Fannin 1/2-1
In JV action, the Mustangs were on the short side of the scoreboard, falling 42-32 to the host Dragons. Raymond Conner led the Mustangs with 15 points. For West Union, Bowin Tomlin led the scoring with 12 points.
In freshman action, the Mustangs gained their first win of the season, coming from behind to defeat West Union by a score of 37-35. Gabe Jones led the Mustangs with eight points. For West Union, they were led in scoring by Gabe Chamblin with eight.
Lynchburg-Clay will be back in action on Friday, Dec. 16 when they host the Manchester Greyhounds in a SHAC matchup. The JV game will tip at 6 p.m., followed by varsity play. The Lynchburg-Clay cheerleaders will also be holding their peewee cheer clinic.