Second-half surge powers Vikings past Mitchell
Jamie Shell / (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For the first half of its matchup on Monday, Feb. 10, Avery and Mitchell played to a virtual standstill on the scoreboard. The final two quarters told a different story, however, as AHS stretched a one-point halftime lead to double figures by the end of the third quarter and rolled on to a 78-62 win to remain undefeated in conference play.
A total of 11 different players combined to score in a fast-paced first quarter, with Avery holding a narrow 16-14 lead after one period. Jacob Waldroop, James Stewart and Luke Wotell each tallied four points in the quarter to generate the AHS offense.
Mitchell hung tough with the Vikings in the second period behind the play of conference-player-of-the-year candidate Austin Mask. The senior scored eight of his 10 first-half points in the period to help the Mountaineers keep pace. AHS received offensive punch off the bench in the form of seven points from Dylan Bauer and five points from Tre Jackson, as the Big Red held a narrow 32-31 lead at halftime.
As the third quarter unfolded, Avery began to speed up the pace and pour in points. A 22-11 third-quarter margin, paced by eight points in the frame from Waldroop and seven points Stewart, helped AHS extend its lead to 54-42 entering the final eight minutes of play.
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