*This story was featured in the Jan. 15th edition of the Hastings Tribune.
Fillmore Central Layton Hopkin had himself a night and he only played three quarters. Hopkin finished with 21 points, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Fillmore Central’s 67-33 blowout win over Wood River.
Hopkin’s effort on both the offensive and defensive glass was the catalyst for the Panther offense.
“He really went to the boards, both on penetration and in rebounding,” Fillmore Central Head Coach Jim Rose said. “We emphasized this week to get to the offensive boards more and getting to the glass and I thought he and several other players did that really well.”
Layton and the Panthers jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter, scoring the games first sixteen points. Wood River didn’t manage to score until the 3:00 minute mark and faced an 18-2 deficit heading into the second quarter.
The second quarter was much of the same for the Panthers’ offense, as six different players entered the scoring column in the quarter. Juniors Adam Hoarty, Aaron Poppert, Garrett Whitley and Layton all scored four points apiece in the quarter. Wood River Seniors Angeles Melgoza and Nicholas Devore scored five of their team-high 12 points in the quarter. Fillmore Central led 39-11 at halftime.
Hopkin added six more in the third quarter, while Junior Tanner Ourada scored seven of his nine the quarter. Melgoza and Devore scored six and four points in the third quarter, but the Panther lead had become nearly insurmountable.
Rose felt his one of the keys to winning tonight for his team was their level of intensity saying, “I think we executed well on the defensive end and we were able to transition our offense. But I think one of the keys was that we played with a lot of intensity.”
Fillmore Central (67)
Noah Temme 2-3 0-0 4, Adam Hoarty 4-6 2-2 10, Leyton Hopkin 7-12 7-7 21, Matt Hogue 2-3 0-0 4, Garrett Whitley 3-7 2-2 9, Kole Karcher 0-3 0-0 0, Aaron Poppert 3-3 2-3 8, Tanner Ouranda 2-5 3-4 9
Wood River (33)
Angeles Melgoza 4-10 2-2 12, Paul Soto 0-9 0-2 0, Jacob Fines 2-5 0-0 4, Nicholas Devore 5-8 2-5 12, Zach Archer 1-2 2-2 3, Grant Swanson 0-3 0-0 0,