RICHMOND - The Big Red basketball team imposed its will Friday at Edison High school.
Big Red's length, athleticism and pace proved too much during its 57-35 victory against the Wildcats. Big Red has started with an impressive 3-0 record.
The difference was seen in the second half. Edison was only able to post 14 total points, five in the third quarter.
Big Red, meanwhile, ran the floor and transition points became the name of the game with multiple free runs at the bucket in the second half.
"We think we're pretty deep as a team," Big Red head coach Mike Haney said. "We always want to keep going and maintain a faster pace."
The game started with the team's trading shots.
Edison came out of the gate and established a 6-2 lead. Then, the play of the team came crashing down when its leader, Mark Smyth, injured his knee on a layup attempt during a breakaway.
Smyth was forced out of the game, and Big Red took advantage. As Edison reeled and couldn't establish an identity, Big Red jumped out to a five-point lead.
"The change in momentum was huge," Edison head coach Todd English admitted. "It was early, but they got the lead after that point. We just get much of a rhythm past that point."
Then, like Willis Reed entering Madison Square Garden, Smyth returned to the lineup with two minutes remaining in the opening frame. He immediately made his presence felt by making a bucket. Even with the injury, Smyth led Edison with nine points.
Big Red's Dylan Snyder sandwiched a two-point bucket and a splash from behind the three-point arc to give Steubenville a 16-11 advantage a few ticks into the second stanza.
Edison continued to battle a Big Red team that wanted to run every opportunity it got. It did so with multiple opportunities at the free throw line.
The Wildcats got to the line eight times in the first half, converting six. Big Red only attempted on free throw during the same time.
Big Red struggled from the field in the frame with only Snyder, Tajuan Lawson, and Gio Garcia finding the bottom of the net.
"In the first half, we had too many fouls," Haney stated. "They made a lot of their buckets at the foul line. In the third quarter, we didn't foul as much.
"We started to attack more, and our shots started to fall."
Steubenville snuck out of the first half with a 22-21 advantage.
"In the first half, I thought the pace was in their favor," Edison head coach Todd English said. "But, we were getting layup opportunities too. We hung in there even though we didn't play our best in the first half.
"We were down one and when we came out in the third quarter, we shot the ball poorly. We also got killed on the glass. That's the bottom line.
"We had some turnovers, but when they dominate the glass like they did that's the big difference in the game.
"I guess that halftime speech didn't work, so I won't use that again."
Big Red put the pedal to the medal in the second half. It was a combination of running the floor, rebounding and solid defense.
"That is our players working hard and getting after it," Haney said.
"I think our two-week break we had coming into this game got us out of sync a little bit on offense. Once we started to attack on both ends, the shots started to fall for us.
"At halftime we discussed that we were taking too many shots on the outsid instead of attacking."
Edison only made four baskets from the field the entire second half. Big Red countered with 15 field goal makes.
William Houst was the pace-setter with 10 of his 14 team leading points.
Steubenville will come out of the other end of Christmas break traveling to Martins Ferry Tuesday. Edison has a longer layover and will face St. Clairsville Tuesday, Jan.3.
"We have two weeks off and a lot of stuff we need to correct," English said. "We'll work on that during our time off. It's time to work on fundamentals."
Big Red 57, Edison 35
Big Red 13 9 14 21 - 57
Edison 11 10 5 9 - 35
BIG RED (3-0): Houst 7 0-0 14; Snyder 4 0-0 9; Lavender 3 0-0 7; West 2 1-2 6; Garcia 2 1-2 5; Richmond 2 1-5 5; Sherrell 2 0-2 4; Davis 2 0-1 4; Lawson 1 0-0 2; Linn 0 1-3 1; Luke 0 0-0 0. TOTAL: 25 4-15; 57. 3-pointers: West 1, Snyder, Lavender 1.
EDISON (3-4): Smyth 3 3-4 9; Abdalla 2 2-2 6; Hilt 1 3-6 5; Wickham 1 2-4 5; Chase 1 1-1 3; Marcus 1 0-0 2; Jones 1 0-0 2; McCormmack 0 0-0 0; Bendle 0 0-0 0; Lee 0 0-0 0. TOTAL: 11 12-18 35. 3-pointers: Wickham 1.