White River capitalized on numerous Fife turnovers to take a comfortable halftime lead, and the Hornets’ defense never let up in an eventual 66-38 win over the Trojans on Jan. 6.
White River jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead on three-pointers by Billy Kiel – who finished with a game-high 26 points – and Jason Tyler, but Fife’s defense stiffened, and Bryce Miller’s put-back late in the quarter brought the Trojans back to within 10-8.
The Hornets’ defense disrupted any offensive rhythm for the Trojans in the second quarter, as Kiel’s steal and three-point play put White River up 20-13 halfway through the quarter. Brandon Hansen got the Trojans to within 24-17 with a minute remaining in the half, but Kiel answered by draining a three as he was fouled, and the free throw put the Hornets up 30-17 at the break.
Miller – who finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds – and Teddy Hardy, who had 11 points and five boards, provided solid play in the post for the Trojans, but turnovers continued to haunt Fife in the second half. After Chris Glahn pulled Fife within 40-28 with a three-point play late in the third, Kiel answered again with a three-pointer, killing any Trojans’ momentum and giving the Hornets a commanding 45-28 lead at the end of the third quarter.
The loss left the Trojans at 4-8 overall and 2-4 in league play as they faced a road test at Eatonville on Jan. 10 and travel to Franklin Pierce for a game on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.