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Seabury boys basketball wallops White City

March 2, 2011

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With his team easily handling its business on the floor, Seabury Academy boys basketball coach Ashley Battles had time to notice a few Waverly coaches taking notes in the cheering section.

Following Tuesday’s 55-38 thrashing of White City at home, the Seahawks were more than ready to return the attention — as they’ll face Waverly in a 1A sub-state semifinal in Lebo on Friday night.

“(The goal) is the state championship from here on out,” said senior Johnny McDermott, who tallied five points and a team-high five assists.

The Seahawks (12-6) controlled from the opening play, which was a dandy.

After Khadre Lane secured the opening tip, McDermott dribbled on the wing near the left boundary — while Lane sprinted around a perfect back-screen — then floated the ball gently to a soaring Lane, who slammed it home for a loud two points.

“We came out in the first half with purpose,” Battles said.

Josh McDermott led the way with 20 points, nearly all coming off a strong low-post game, and also pulled down six rebounds and picked off four passes.

Senior Reed Grabill chipped in 14 points and Lane tallied eight points and six steals for Seabury, which cruised to a 36-18 halftime lead.

The Seahawks, seemingly content to run out the clock, relented a bit in the second half, but remained in command.

At the start of the fourth quarter, with Battles already relying heavily upon his bench, the Huskies had as many turnovers (22) as they did points — many of them steals by the Seahawks.

Battles, undaunted by the Waverly (16-3) scouting presence, was nothing but confident in his team heading into Friday’s matchup.

“We’ve got to be who we are,” Battles said. “We don’t need to be worried about anybody but us.”

Box score

WHITE CITY (38)

Sam Morgan 3-8 0-0 7, Brandon Paige 1-2 0-0 2, Jaren Nittler 0-4 0-0 0,

Trent Blythe 4-6 5-7 13, Tanner Boeh 7-12 0-0 14, Terrence Egger 1-2 0-0 2, Ty Larson 0-1 0-0 0, Rowe Hinkle 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-36 5-7 38.

SEABURY (55)

Marcus Allen 0-1 0-0 0, Khadre Lane 4-10 0-0 8, Johnny McDermott 2-7 0-0 5, Josh McDermott 10-13 0-1 20, Reed Grabill 4-9 6-8 14, Nathan Wilhelm 0-1 0-0 0, Skyler Malone 3-4 0-0 8, Brandon McCaffrey 0-1 0-0 0, Zach Silvers 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-47 6-9 55.

White City 4 14 4 16 — 38

Seabury 12 24 8 11 — 55

Three-point goals: White City 1-5 (Morgan); Seabury 3-10 (Malone 2, Johnny McDermott). Shooting: White City 16-36 (44 percent); Seabury 23-47 (49-percent). Turnovers: White City 28, Seabury 14.

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