WAHOO -- Brendan Lacey and Trevor Kaslon went toe-to-toe Tuesday night in Wahoo.
The Warriors’ star got the last laugh as top-ranked Wahoo (18-2) held off Scotus Central Catholic (6-14) for a 61-53 victory.
Lacey finished with a game-high 26 points while Kaslon, a Telegram Super Senior, scored 21 to lead Scotus.
“What separated them tonight was us turning the ball over and then making free throws,” Scotus head coach Tyler Swanson said. “We gave them too many unearned points tonight and you can’t do that if you want to beat the No. 1 team in your class.”
The Warriors finished 19 of 26 from the free throw line while Scotus was 9 of 13. Lacey was 11 for 13 himself at the charity stripe.
Kaslon and Grant Shanle both knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter to get the Shamrocks rolling.
“I thought we came out and played really well early on. We had some guys step up and hit some shots from the perimeter,” Swanson said.
That forced Wahoo to switch up its defense, which in turn, sparked its offense. The Warriors hit three treys of their own in the opening period, taking a 17-16 lead by the end of the first eight minutes.
The Warriors were able to extend the lead in the second quarter, going up 36-28 at halftime. That lead allowed Wahoo to settle back into their 1-3-1 defense.
They continued to grow the lead in the third quarter, eventually taking a 47-36 advantage into the fourth quarter.
The Shamrocks got it back to single digits, but could never put serious pressure on Wahoo in the final eight minutes.
qShanle scored 13 points and Caden Pelan chipped in 10 points for Scotus.
“Our kids continue to play with confidence and continue to come to practice and get better every day,” Swanson said. “That’s what we’ve been asking them all year, and despite our record right now, we are going to put ourselves in a position to make a run at the district title in a couple weeks.”
Scotus plays at Lakeview on Saturday.