Updated Sat, Feb 2, 2013 12:41 am
Senior Night festivities Friday night were cut short as the Federal Hocking Lancers fell to an underestimated Waterford Wildcats in a showdown until the final seconds, 55-53.
Senior Sean Parsons ran out of the gate with straight seven points for the Lancers providing a steady lead by the end of the first quarter, 17-11.
Max Carney found himself in trouble immediately with two quick fouls within the first two minutes of the game, followed by his third foul with 4:53 left in the second quarter. The absence of Carney was an obvious obstacle for the division leading Lancers in the remaining 16 minutes of the game.
The second quarter proved to be a real test for the Lancers squad as the Wildcats led off with a 12-0 run that wasn’t silenced until a little less than three minutes remained in the half. The rest of the half served to be a game of catch-up as the Fed Hock Lancers went into the locker room down by two, 27-25.
The Lancers went into the second half hoping to turn things around against the last place Wildcats.
Hope wasn’t enough for the Lancers as layups were rolling in and out creating more of a deficit. With that being said, senior Terrance Mayle picked up the slack on the boards with the absence of Max Carney with 16 points leaving them trailing 47-41 going into the fourth quarter.
Intensity was in every direction in the fourth quarter as the battle for the seniors’ last possible victory on their home court was quickly sinking in.
Max Carney fouled out with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter with an unusually low two points that he managed to get in his final minutes.
With this conference loss, the Lancers still remain on top of the division with an 11-3 record with four games left before the postseason. They will head to Nelsonville-York on Saturday to take on the Buckeyes.