West Union – The Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs traveled to West Union Friday night and came away with a hard fought win. The defense of Lynchburg-Clay and timely shooting in the fourth quarter propelled the Mustangs to a hard fought victory, 52-50 over their hosts from West Union. Down four with less than a minute to go, freshman Brady Chisman hit a three pointer to bring the Mustangs within one. A foul by the Mustangs sent the Dragons’ Austin Kingsolver to the line, where he missed the front end of a one and one. This allowed the Mustangs to set up a play and freshmen Ian Waits hit a lay up in the lane to put the Mustangs up one point at 50-49.
A timeout by West Union allowed them to get a shot from the elbow with 12 second to go, where Raymond Conner rebounded the missed shot. West Union was forced to foul two more times and sent Conner to the line for the one and one with 5.1 to go in the game. Conner hit both free-throws, putting LC up 52-49. Lynchburg-Clay elected to foul the Dragons, preventing them from shooting a three to tie it. Cameron Campbell made the front end of a one and one, bringing the score to 52-50. He intentionally missed the second free-throw, and the rebound was grabbed by Conner as the final 1.5 seconds ticked off, giving the Mustangs the win. LC head coach Matt Carson had this to say about his team’s performance, “Elated, ecstatic for them…these guys played some great team basketball tonight and executed well at the end of the game. I’m extremely happy for them and for Ray that he had the opportunity to hit those big shots at the end. He’s been a force in the paint for us the past three weeks.” With the win, LC improves to 3-15 (3-8). They will host Whiteoak on Tuesday in a non-conference game. Carson spoke about the game, and encouraged any and everyone to attend this game. “This Tuesday the Lynchburg-Clay FFA is hosting a benefit dinner and silent auction to benefit Gabe Allen, a freshman student at our school who has battled Leukemia for the last two and a half years…Gabe is a fighter; Tuesday is bigger than the game of basketball. God has his hand on this district and the people putting this together. I encourage everyone to attend and come out and support a great cause for a great young man.”
Conner led LC and all scorers on the evening with 21 points and 20 rebounds, his second consecutive double-double. Waits was next for the Mustangs with 16 points, followed by Noah Miller with eight. Miller also totaled six assists in the contest. David Giordano had four points, and Brady Chisman rounded out the scoring with three points.
For West Union, Cameron Campbell led their squad with 16 points, including two threes. Zane Kingsolver followed with 14 points. Dakota Jarvis added eight points, while Braxton Blanton had seven. Brycen Staten scored three, while Jordan Gibson rounded out the scoring with two points.
LC 10 13 14 15 — 52
WU 14 10 17 9 — 50
In JV action, the Mustangs were victorious by a score of 40-27. Logan Shope led the Mustangs with 10 points, followed by Nathan Brown with eight. Harrison Burge netted six points, while Kyle Bennington tossed in five points. Trey Pitzer and Bryce Binkley scored three each, while Hunter Balon and Hunter Barnhill each scored two. Brayden Eversole rounded out the scoring with one point. West Union was led by Harover with eight points.
In freshmen action, the Mustangs also came away victorious, 44-31. Kaydon Fyffe led the Mustangs with 11 points (three 3 pointers); Trey Pitzer scored nine, while Jacon Allen added eight points. Bryce Binkley netted seven points, while Logan Shope added five. Garrett Reno rounded out the scoring with four points. Daulton Grooms led the Dragons with 17 points on the evening.