The Washington Hatchets jumped to 15-12 first lead, and then powered past the Danville Warriors, 57-38, to advance to the3A championship game in the opening game of the Boys Semi-State on Saturday at Southport High School. Washington outscored Danville 13-4 in the second period to break open a tight game.
The anticipated match-up between the Hatchets’’ 6-10 Cody Zeller and the Warriors’ 6-10 Travis Carroll ended up a stand-off. Zeller had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Carroll had 14 points and 11 bounds. The difference was in the scoring support. Jordan Weidner led Danville with 19 points, but the remainder of the team only totaled 5 points.
The Warriors were plagued by cold shooting, making only 22% of their field goals for the game. On the other hand, the Hatchets shot 56.8% for the game, with Dylan Ervin tallying 21 and Kurtis Anthony 11. The Hatchets’ also won the boards, 36-24.
Danville closes a great season with only their second loss (25-2), while Washington (22-3) moves to the 3A championship game at Conseco Fieldhouse next Saturday against Gary Wallace (19-4) at 6 p.m.