By Johnny Sanders, Sports Editor
TRUSSVILLE — The Hewitt Trussville Huskies have been on a hot streak of late and coach Jeremy Monceaux would love nothing more than to keep that momentum when region play started on Friday night when the Chelsea Hornets came to town. The Hewitt coach got his wish with a 59-31 win over the Hornets.
“Great win for our team,” said Coach Monceaux. “I thought we came out a little tight with it being our first area game. But once we settled in we played really well on both ends of the floor.”
The first quarter was a bit of a defensive struggle for both teams, only producing 21 points total. Hewitt had 11 of them, led by Ray Rolley, who had 6 of those points. The Husky defense held Chelsea to just 10 points.
Hewitt continued playing well on the defensive side of the ball, absolutely dominating Chelsea and holding them to just 3 points in the quarter, all free throws. Meanwhile, Reid Stodghill put up 8 of Hewitt’s 15 points in the second, sending his team into the locker room with a 26-13 lead over the Hornets.
In the third, Hewitt once again took care of business on the defensive side of the ball, holding Chelsea to only 8 points. Rolley (8 points), Legion Gaston (6 points) and Karnell Smith (6 points) combined for 20 points in the quarter to put the Huskies up 46-21 with just one more frame to go.
Hewitt would close out the game by outscoring Chelsea 13-10 in the final quarter. Gaston and teammate Tyler Blake had 3 points to lead the Huskies scoring in the fourth. The end result was a dominant 59-31 victory to make Hewitt 1-0 in region play.
Ray Rolley, as he has done many times this year, led the Huskies in scoring, with 19 points. Stodghill ended the night with 13 points.
“Probably the best performance of the year for senior guard Ray Rolley. And if we are going to continue to play well, it will start with him,” said Coach Monceaux. “The crowd at tonight’s game was awesome. We have some huge games coming up and I hope the community will continue to support our team. It is exciting to see Bryant Bank Arena packed and it really helps our team.”
The Huskies improve to 15-6 on the season, 1-0 in region play. They will travel to Oak Mountain on Tuesday.