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Panthers use good start, good finish to beat SP

Chesapeake’s Nathan Cox (3) drives for two points as South Point’s Darryl Taylor (right) attempts to block his path. (Photo By Tim Gearhart)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

SOUTH POINT — One thing is certain about basketball: you have to make shots.
Chesapeake made their shots and South Point was up and down with their shooting which resulted in the Panthers posting a 64-54 Ohio Valley Conference win on Tuesday.
One key area of shooting was at the foul line where the Panthers converted 11-of-19 free throw and the Pointers made only 4-of-13.
“We just couldn’t make a free throw and we left a lot of points on the floor,” said Pointers’ coach Travis Wise. “But Chesapeake is good. They are quick and they can shoot, and they made their free throws.”
Chesapeake (11-1, 6-1) was led by Levi Blankenship with 21 points. Josh Cox scored 14 and Trent Dearth had 12.
Austin Webb scored a game-high 25 points to pace South Point (5-6, 4-3). Mason Kazee added 11 points.
Blankenship hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter to get the Panthers going as they took a 20-15 lead. Webb scored 9 points for the Pointers.
Webb scored 6 points in the second quarter as the Pointers cut the deficit to 29-27 at the half.
Nathan Cox hit a 3-pointer and he 5 points while Dearth scored 4 in the third quarter to help the Panthers maintain a 45-43 lead.
Webb and Chance Gunther both hit a 3-pointer and scored 5 points in the quarter.
Blankenship and Jos Cox scored 6points each in the fourth quarter as the Panthers outscored the Pointers 19-11.
Chesapeake was 7-of-11 from the line with Blankenship making 4-of-6 and Cox 2-of-3.
Nakyan Turner and Webb scored 4 points each for the Pointers.
On Friday, Chesapeake visits Rock Hill and South Point goes to Portsmouth.
Chesapeake 20 9 16 19 = 64
South Point 15 12 16 11 = 54
CHESAPEAKE (11-1, 6-1): Travis Grim 1 0 1-2 3, Nathan Cox 3 1 0-0 9, Levi Blankenship 2 4 5-8 21, Dilen Caldwell 0 1 0-0 3, Austin Jackson 1 0 0-0 2, Trent Dearth 4 1 1-2 12, Josh Cox 5 0 4-7 14, Ethan Taylor 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 7 11-19 64. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: None.
SOUTH POINT (5-6, 4-3): Jake Adams 0 0 0-0 0, Chance Gunther 1 1 0-4 5, Nakyan Turner 3 0 3-8 9, Mason Kazee 1 3 0-0 11, Darryl Taylor 1 0 0-0 2, Austin Webb 9 2 1-5 25, Kyle Badgett 0 0 0-0 0, Brody Blackwell 1 0 0-0 2. Totals: 16 6 4-13 54. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: None.