Northwest hands Huntington season-ending loss
Too much Leslie was too much for Huntsmen to overcome
The Huntington Huntsmen had their season come to
an end at Waverly in the sectional championship as
they lost 58-48 to Northwest of the Southern Ohio
Conference II.

Things started well for Huntington Friday night as
they were able to establish their inside game to build
an early three-point advantage after one period of
play. Despite Northwest catching fire from the three-
point line in the second quarter, Huntington still only
trailed by one at the half at 28-27, and the
Huntsmen had held Northwest’s top player
Hank Leslie to just eight points.

Unfortunately for Huntington, the second half told a
different story. Leslie scored 21 of his game-high 29
points in the second half, and with the exception of a
little spurt early in the fourth quarter that did see
Huntington trim a nine point deficit to just two,
Huntington really struggled on the offensive end.
Senior C.J. Seymour led the Huntsmen with 12
points and classmate Kyle Deal scored nine points.
Sophomore Dylan Gragg was held to just nine
points – eight points below his season average.
Zane Trace was in a dogfight Friday night for the
first three quarters against a Crooksville team that
plays in the highly competitive Muskingum Valley
League; however, the SVC champs found their
groove in the final period as they rolled to a 59-46
sectional championship win.

The Pioneers were led by Kirk Maxwell’s 17
points. Gabe Haynes added 12 points while Rick
Chamberlin posted nine points and nine rebounds