No. 2 Senior too much for EHS, 95-56

The Inter-Mountain photo by Joey Kittle Elkins High School’s Donovan Wiles puts up a jumper in front of Fairmont Senior defender Patrick Laxton Tuesday night at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

ELKINS — Elkins held its own with Class AA, No. 2 Fairmont Senior through nearly two quarters on Tuesday night.

But the Polar Bears used an 11-2 run to end the first half in cruising to a 95-56 Big 10 Conference victory at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

The Tigers trailed by just four, 20-16, after the opening canto before Fairmont Senior slowly started to build a double-digit cushion.

The lead swelled to 16 points before Elliot White’s free throw with just over one minute left in the half brought Elkins to within 42-31. However, the Polar Bears then went on the late surge, which carried over into the third quarter.

A jumper by Trey Washenitz with 4:00 left in the third frame increased the Fairmont Senior lead to 63-37 and Elkins came no closer the remainder of the night.

“We lost to a very good Fairmont Senior team tonight,” EHS coach Amrit Rayfield said. “They have size, athletes, shooters and players with really high basketball IQ, and are also well coached.

“Overall, it was a tough matchup for us, but we’re very proud of how our kids played with effort until the end.”

Senior guard Donovan Wiles led the Tigers with a game-high 30 points, including 12 in the opening canto, and a total of six 3-pointers on the night.

White was the only other player to land in double figures for the hosts with 10 points.

Fairmont Senior’s balanced attack featured five players in double digits, led by the senior duo of Jalen Bridges and Zyon Dobbs, who are both receiving Division I interest.

Bridges finished with 25 points and Dobbs chipped in 21. Dasilas Jones and Washenitz added 13 each and Jaelin Johnson netted 11.

“We knew we would have to value the basketball by limiting their offensive rebounds, limiting our turnovers and be really good in our transition defense,” Rayfield said. “Those were the areas that they beat us in.

“We now have to move on and prepare for a really good team in (Robert C. Byrd).”

The Polar Bears are now 8-1 on the season with their lone loss coming at defending Class AA state champion Chapmanville (49-46) in a rematch of last year’s title game. They took an eight-point win (54-46) at No. 7 RCB on Saturday.

Elkins (5-4) will host RCB at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Fairmont Senior (8-1)

Zyon Dobbs 9 2-3 21, Dasilas Jones 5 3-4 13, Jalen Bridges 9 4-4 25, Trey Washenitz 6 0-0 13, Patrick Laxton 1 0-0 2, Jaelin Johnson 5 1-4 11, Bryson Flowers 1 0-0 3, Jacob Gomolak 1 0-0 3, Eric Smith 1 0-0 2, Breeden Gilbert 1 0-0 2, Jarius Jackson 0 0-0 0, Joseph Uram 0 0-0 0, Dominic Viani 0 0-0 0. Totals 39 10-15 95

Elkins (5-4)

Donovan Wiles 12 0-0 30, Elliot White 3 3-5 10, Read Schumacher 1 0-0 2, Matthew Gainer 3 0-0 6, Brayden Davis 2 0-0 4, Mason Kimbleton 1 0-1 2, Alex Pritt 1 0-2 2, DeAndre Owens 0 0-0 0, Mitchell Price 0 0-0 0, Blake Harris 0 0-0 0, Zach Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 3-8 56

Fairmont Senior 20 33 23 19 — 95

Elkins 16 17 9 14 — 56

3-point goals: FS 7 (Bridges 3, Dobbs, Washenitz, Flowers, Gomolak), EHS 7 (Wiles 6, White).

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