ASHTON, W.Va. — At least they ended on a high note.
The Hannan boys basketball team suffered a 68-39 setback to visiting Mountain State Christian on Thursday night, but the Wildcats finished strong, scoring 19 points over the final eight minutes.
Hannan (1-3) was outscored 17-to-9 in the opening period and 13-to-9 in the second, making the deficit 30-to-18 at halftime. The Panthers (9-3) broke the game open with a 17-2 third quarter run and the Wildcats trailed 47-20 with eight minutes to play.
Hannan scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, but the guests scored 21 and capped off the 68-39 victory.
HHS junior Corey Hudnall paced the Wildcats with 15 points, followed by Isaiah Burgess with 10 and Dalton Coleman with eight. Ryan Gerlach finished with four points, while Josh McCoy rounded out the Wildcat scoring with two markers.
The Panthers were led by Jeremiah Cude with 21 points and Isaiah Collins with 17, followed by Ryan Black and Izzy Oiler with nine each. Johnny Frances posted eight points, while Isaac Young and Luke Wallace each scored two points in the win.
The Wildcats, who have now lost back-to-back games for the first time this season, return to action on Tuesday when Elk Valley Christian visits Ashton.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.