Music scores 25 to lead Coal Grove by Huntington St. Joe
HUNTINGTON - It is said music has the power to soothe even the most savage of beasts.
However, head coach Ross Scaggs and the Huntington St. Joe boys basketball found nothing soothing about Coal Grove’s Aaron Music who led his Hornets in an 83-51 win Thursday against the Fighting Irish.
Music composed a score of 25 points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots to lead Coal Grove (5-2) against its second St. Joe in six days. The Hornets defeated the Flyers of Ironton St. Joe on Dec. 21.
The 6-foot-3 senior did all of that before he was pulled from the game with 54 seconds to play in the third period with Coal Grove ahead by 40 points.
“We didn’t really have a game plan going in because we don’t know a whole lot about Huntington St. Joe,” Music said. ”(Coach Kevin Vanderhoof) just told us to come out and come ready to play and we needed to really improve our defense. We showed that tonight.”
The rest of the Hornets fed off of Music’s defensive intensity with steals and blocks that created fast-break points. It took Coal Grove more than half of the first quarter to find the gear that turned the tide.
St. Joe and Coal Grove battled back and forth through the first period. A technical foul on the Hornets put the Fighting Irish at the free throw line where Sam Adkins scored the first two points of the game. Coal Grove’s Evan Gannon answered on the Hornets’ first possession with a 3-point field goal.
The tams continued to answer one another with St. Joe holding a 6-5 lead at 4:55 in the first. Coal Grove went ahead 7-6 with a basket in the lane and Music then got a layup off of a steal that moved the Hornets ahead 9-6.
The Fighting Irish (1-6) scored only one more field goal through the rest of the period and managed only five points in the second quarter.
Scaggs said he needed his players to not shy away from big offensive spurts from its opponents, but was quick to say coaching could be the cause and he needed to do better himself.
“Obviously things are not working well” Scaggs said. “But we back away on these six-point runs and 20-point runs.”
In the third period, St. Joe went on a run of its own, outscoring Coal Grove 15-7, before a Hornets timeout corrected sloppy ball handling and defensive lapses on its end.
Coal Grove again used Music to rebuild its lead and the Fighting Irish cut into the Hornets’ edge with reserves from both squads in the game.
St. Joe will host Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. Saturday while Coal Grove will next play Thursday at Oak Hill.
COAL GROVE 19 31 18 15 -- 83: Borders 20, Music 25, Smith 2, Carey 2, Short 9, Gannon 9, McKenzie 10, Sites 2.
HUNTINGTON ST. JOE 8 5 18 20 -- 51: Baker 3, Rice 9, Price 6, Adkins 4, Faucette 3, Hickman 5, Blake 2, Sweeney 12, Bolton 7.