Boys balance beats Mules

WILTON – Jordan Litts is no longer a big secret to the rest of the boys basketball teams in Division IV.

The rest of the Wilton-Lyndeborough High School team still is, for now.

A year ago, the Warriors were carried at many times by the junior who seemed to score at will, but now, with a season under their belts, Litts and his teammates are coming together.

And after Tuesday night’s 63-34 dismantling of Newmarket, which put the Warriors at 7-1 and tied at the top of the standings, that cohesiveness gives WLC a shot at being something it has been in some time – a contender.

“They’re solid and they’re definitely one of the top teams in Division IV,” Newmarket coach Jamie Hayes said following Tuesday’s game. “They have a lot of guys who can score and they play good defense and rebound well.”

Hayes saw that first hand, as four different WLC players scored in double figures, despite what Warriors coach Ken Garnham called an off shooting night.

“We were kind of flat on offense and we didn’t shoot from the outside particularly well,” he said. “I think our defense, from the second quarter on, clamped down and they had problems scoring inside and we created a lot of turnovers for easy baskets.

“We had some key offensive rebounds at times when the game was still close. We had rebounds off missed layups that were pretty crucial. We haven’t had that really for a while and that makes you that much tougher and stronger.”

Litts led the way for the Warriors with 14 points, seven of which came in the game’s first minute and helped WLC get out to a 9-0 lead. Ty Carrier added 12 points while Casey Lane chipped in with 11 points and Trey Carrier had 10.

Newmarket (4-5) got eight points from Vinnie Khounxay while Alex Souvannaseng added six on two 3-pointers. The Mules countered WLC’s fast start with a 10-4 run to close the first quarter down 13-10.

But the Warriors went on a 17-4 run to start the second quarter before a 3 by Souvannaseng made it a 13-point game at halftime. The Warriors doubled that lead by the end of three, outscoring the Mules 20-7 in the frame.

Lane had seven points in the quarter and while other players were scoring for WLC, Litts was able to contribute in other ways.

“It helps because teams can’t load up on him and just take him out of it, because now they’ll pay a price with the Carrier brothers and the Lane kid and Duncan (Rae) and so forth,” Garnham said. “They can score, so it makes it a lot easier for us to run an offense. I think Jordan had a flat shooting night, but he was good in other areas of the game.”

The Warriors have some winnable games against Sunapee (3-4), Pittsfield (1-8) and Concord Christian (0-6) before rematch with Mascenic (5-2) on Feb. 3. WLC beat the Vikings 66-61 last Wednesday.