VERDIGRIS – Playing a complete game, the Verdigris Cardinals boys cruised to a complete victory over Jay Friday night at Collins Sports Complex.
Shooting 51 percent from the floor, VHS placed four starters into double figures and racked up a 77-48 victory, improving to 2-0 for the season. The Bulldogs dropped to 0-3.
Junior guard Jaren Keith led the way with 17 points, while Trent Haddock, Logan Cagle and Tyler Haddock added 15, 14 and 10, respectively.
Kaden Budder, a 6-foot-3 senior, topped Jay with 13.
Verdigris turned in a strong defensive effort, forcing Jay into 28 turnovers, including 17 in the second half.
“I’m very pleased,’’ VHS coach Chris Houk said. “Defense is all we’ve emphasizing the last three months. I thought they (the Bulldogs) would make an adjustment when we to the zone in the second half, but they didn’t.’’
Trent Haddock’s trey put the Cardinals on top 10-7 with 2:12 left in the first quarter, and Jay never pulled even again.
Zander Kirby received a pass from Cagle for a layup that made it 32-25 in the final seconds of the first half.
Ahead 37-27 early in the third quarter, Verdigris scored 12-straight points to put the game away.
Trent Haddock and Keith combined for 15 of the Cards’ 23 points in the period, scoring layup after layup following repeated team steals.
“We’re very deep, and we play as a team. That’s our mindset,’’ said Houk, who saw eight of his players score four points or more. “We’re very athletic, and we have more length (size) this year. We have coachable kids. I think our goal is to be in the top 10 (of Class 4A). It’s too early to tell. We’ll see where we are after the Inola tournament next week.’’