By Evan Grice
Bethany did its best Tuesday night to bring plenty of noise with its band, along with a packed student section for the contest against the No. 3 Piedmont Wildcats.
In reality, it was the guys in gold that were bringing the thunder all night long.
Led by an 18 point performance and a rim-shaking dunk from senior Cameron Peters, the Wildcats were able to brush aside the Bronchos and claim their second victory of the week with a convincing 58-39 victory.
“It was tough to refocus a little following the Western Heights game the night before,” Peters said. “We knew that we just had to come out and take care of business tonight against Bethany. When we took control of the game early on, that made everything easier for us and got us more focused as a group.”
There were plenty of smiles all around for the Wildcats on the evening, as every player in uniform saw playing time, including junior Zac Mitchell, who pulled down his first career varsity rebound in the fourth quarter against the Bronchos.
“We didn’t really talk much about this game before hand,” Piedmont coach Ryan Wagner said. “Our prayer as a coaching staff is that no one gets injured, and that we can take care of business and move on to a big game against Western Heights. All of these kids were on an equal level of happiness tonight because different guys got to play tonight. Zac (Mitchell) hasn’t gotten to play in any junior varsity games, and we suited him up tonight and he got some varsity minutes.”
“This is a kid that shows up every day and busts his butt,” Wagner said. “He could’ve gotten bitter and angry but he didn’t and that says a lot about his character. I was very happy he got to get the experience out there tonight.”
Piedmont had the game well in hand going into the halftime break at 30-19, and managed to hold Bethany to just 10 points in the third and fourth quarters.
A 30-10 run for the Wildcats (13-2) in the third quarter put the game on ice and allowed Coach Wagner to start bringing in the subs late on for the contest.
PHS held a 15-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter, despite the game being close throughout the opening frame.
Adrion Williams finished with 13 points, along with his own pair of dunks in the contest, followed by Kendell Franklin and Darrius Burris each with six points.
Dupree Millhouse finished with five points, with Jayden Shively adding four points.
Trevor Bailey and Joe Green each finished with three points.
Bethany was led by Erick Booker with 10 points followed by Hassan Lawton with eight points.
Piedmont will be back in action Friday night Feb. 14 as they face the No. 11 Western Heights Jets for the third time this season.
These two teams have split their first two meetings with one another this season; tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. from WHHS.