WEDNESDAY, Jan. 5, 2022


         CHETOPA – The Altoona-Midway High School boys’ basketball team rang in the new year – and the conference season – with a resounding 61-19 victory over the Chetopa Hornets here Tuesday night.

         It was the Three Rivers League opener for both squads.

         The AMHS-Chetopa girls’ contest was postponed, due to quarantine issues with the Lady Hornet squad.

         As for the boys’ game, it was never in doubt, as Altoona-Midway roared to a 17-3 lead after one period and never looked back.

         “Tonight was a complete team win,” said AMHS head coach Lane Huffman. “We did a great job of moving the ball. We started out with every player getting a touch each possession.

“This translated into a lot of shots under the basket,” Huffman added. “We had a few chances where we needed to make open shots and we didn’t. We shot better than usual, but I’d like to see our percentage under the basket keep going up.”

The Jets increased their advantage to 38-7 at halftime, and led 54-14 entering the final quarter before ending with the 61-19 TRL victory.

“Defensively we played well, we mixed up the looks and kept them out of a rhythm,” Huffman noted. “I’d like to see us be a little more physical, but we did well going up and getting the ball.”

Dalton Smith and Andy Tiger led a balanced offense for AMHS with 13 points each, while Jackson Ashmore and William Stackhouse netted seven points apiece.

Harley Lopeman chipped in six points, Joey Lamendola scored five, Jacob Meigs and Kieran Foster each finished with four points, and Chase Nally added two.

“This was a great showing, we need to funnel this momentum into Friday's game against Crest,” Huffman said. “They’re very athletic and well coached.”

Huffman also praised AMHS cheerleading coach Laura Ashmore and her cheer squad for giving junior Drew Miller a great birthday gift by singing happy birthday to him after the game.

Altoona-Midway will play at home for the first time all season when it hosts Crest High School on Friday. The girls’ game is slated to tip off at 5 p.m. at Milo Peterson Gymnasium.