Bradford sophomore, Hudson Hill scores two of his game high 27-points to lead the Railroaders in a WOAC win over Dixie. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Shorthanded Bradford scores big win over Dixie

The Bradford Railroaders pull off big win over Dixie without WOAC's leading scorer

BRADFORD – The Bradford Railroaders pulled off what many may call an upset by defeating the Dixie Greyhounds 59-56 in WOAC action.

“We work these guys in practice, we have eyes on them, we have instruction going on, they hear it, they listen, they try to get better and look what they did tonight,” said Bradford coach, Jay Hall.

Bradford took the court without the services of Parker Davidson, the WOAC’s leading scorer with a 28.6 average going into the night.

“Team effort tonight, everybody playing their part and we are going to keep getting better,” Hall said of the team’s aggressive play. “We work on that, we preach that, we do it every day and we are trying to engrain in them, attack, attack, attack.”

The Greyhounds jumped out to an early 8-point first quarter lead before Bradford battle back to lead 11-10 at 0:58 on the first quarter clock. Dixie ended the period taking a 12-11 lead to second quarter play.

“When you have a little bit of success you have more confidence and you continue to build on it,” Hall stated. “They could have easily hung their heads when we got down and thought here it goes but they didn’t.”

Bradford got balance scoring in the first period with 3-points each from Landon Monnin, Hudson Hill and Landon Wills and an Owen Canan 2-point basket.

The visiting Greyhounds used the second quarter to send the teams to the halftime break with a 27-19 advantage outscoring the Railroaders 15-8. Canan and Hill each contributed 3-points and Monnin chipped in 2-points for Bradford.

“We didn’t look real good in the first half, we were sloppy with the ball, they were getting easy open looks and opportunities that I thought we were creating for ourselves we ended up giving back to them,” said Hall. “We come in at halftime, we talk about it, kind of got on them a little bit, tried to build them back up and they responded.”

The young Railroaders found its scoring punch to outscore Dixie 22-17 in the third led by sophomore Hudson Hill’s 9-points including a trey, two Wills 3-pointers, two Zage Harleman 2-point baskets, a Canan bucket and a Monnin free throw sending the teams to the fouth quarter with Dixie holding a 44-41 lead.

“They got it done on the defensive end and it brought it down to the offensive end.” Hall noted. “They made better decisions with the ball, they stayed together. That is something this team does that is a little underrated – we don’t blame each other. Things go wrong – we’re not pointing fingers, we’re not saying things to each other, we stay together, we stay as a group and it makes a difference.”

The teams battled to the wire in the final quarter with the scored tied at 50-50 at 3:47 and Bradford holding a 1-point 57-56 advantage with one minute to play. With the visitors trailing 59-56 with 0:13.5 showing on the clock the Greyhounds went for a game tying 3-pointer that missed the mark with Bradford getting the rebound to secure a 3-point win.

“We had a tough night at the line until the end and it is something we need to do a better job of and we will,” said Coach Hall. “We’re good shooters, just had a little bit rough time, we’ll work on it and get better for it.”

Bradford was 6-points better in the fourth quarter putting 18-points in the book while limiting Dixie to 12-points. Hill accounted for 12 fourth quarter points, Monnin 4-points and Canan and Harleman a free throw each.

“We ran six out there tonight and if you’re going to mention one you have to mention them all,” Coach Hall said following the win. “Devin Crain has had sprained ankle since practice started and he hasn’t been in the regular rotation and tonight he was and he performed very well, did what he needed to do for us to get the win and I am proud of him for that.”

“The rest of them, Owen Canan handled the ball and he’s a freshman point guard playing varsity,” continued Hall. “Hudson Hill is a sophomore, Landon Wills sophomore, Landon Monnin has been having ankle issues got hit tonight and tough kid, got through it and got the win – all that matters;”

Hill led Bradford and all scorers with a game high 27-points.

With the win Bradford improves to 6-3 in conference play and 10-6 overall for the season.

BOXSCORE

BRADFORD 59, DIXIE 56

BRADFORD – H. Hill 27, L. Monnin 10, L. Wills 9, O. Canan 8, Z. Harleman 5 – TOTALS 18 14-25 3 59

DIXIE – L. Grubb 15, C. Hawk 15, S. O. Stevenson, K. Huffman 5, J. Butt 4, R. Miller 3, A. Grauman 2 , B. Clouse 2, C. Sexton 1 – TOTALS 20 7-17 3 56

3-POINTERS

Bradford 3 (L. Wills 2, H. Hill 1)

Dixie 3 (O. Stevenson 2, R. Miller 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS

11-08-22-18 59 Bradford

12-15-17-12 56 Dixie

Landon Monnin scores for Bradford in the Railroaders win over the visiting Dixie Greyhounds. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Bradford freshman, Owen Canan puts up a shot for the Railroaders in the team's win over Dixie. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
The WOAC's leading scorer, Parker Davidson rests an injury while watching his Railroaders defeat the Dixie Greyhounds. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Landon Wills nails one of his two Bradford 3-pointers in the Railroaders WOAC win over Dixie. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Bradford freshman, Zage Harleman scores for the Railroaders in win over the Dixie Greyhounds. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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