By Chris Brooks, wellsvillesports.com
ANDOVER — The dynamic duo of Cayden Lawson and Sawyer Troxel simply could not be stopped, as the Jasper-Troupsburg sharpshooters unleashed a first quarter barrage against host Andover/Whitesville that allowed them to put the hammer down almost immediately on Tuesday, as they rolled straight forward and towards a 74-41 road win in Andover.
“J-T shot the ball really well. They had too much firepower for us to handle, and we gave them way too many easy looks and second chance points,” said Andover/Whitesville coach Jimmy Joyce. “We actually did pretty well on defense against some of their guys, and I was happy with how Colton’s (Calladine) play on both sides of the ball gave us some energy to feed off of. But they came out hot, and we couldn’t put it out.”
Both Lawson and Troxel combined to record 22 of the team’s 24 points right out of the gate to start the evening, as they accounted for a massive 24-12 run of Andover/Whitesville (3-6). The advantage would gradually increase over time for the Wildcats, providing a strong finish to the first half before unleashing the offense once more to start the next, recording a 25-point third quarter to branch out their lead even farther away from the hosts in white to help lock up the win.
Despite the loss, Andover/Whitesville saw a breakout performance from Colton Calladine blossom into fruition, as he, along with CJ Estep, recorded 13 team-high points. Brody Vance and Gage Hall each furthered the cause with five points.
Next up is a trip to Scio on Thursday for their final game of the calendar year, as Andover/Whitesville gets set to take on host Friendship/Scio in a 7:30 p.m. battle.
Jasper-Troupsburg 24 15 25 10 – 74
Andover/Whitesville 12 9 13 7 – 41
JASPER-TROUPSBURG: Cayden Lawson 11 1-1 23, Sawyer Troxel 5 0-0 13, Jared Ainsworth 4 0-0 8, Cash Bouton 5 3-4 14, Landon Zver 3 1-2 7, James Ainsworth 1 0-0 2, Zach Baker 3 0-0 7. Totals: 32 5-7 74.
ANDOVER/WHITESVILLE: Brody Vance 1 2-4 5, Colton Calladine 4 5-5 13, Jack Belmont 1 0-0 3, CJ Estep 5 3-4 13, Gage Hall 2 1-3 5, Kohler Niedermaier 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14 11-16 41.
3-point goals: J-T 5 (Troxel 3, Bouton, Baker), A/W 2 (Vance, Belmont).
Total Fouls: J-T 9, A/W 8. Fouled out: None.