TAYLORSVILLE — Weber point guard Hayden Schenck was a nightmare for Wasatch Academy on Wednesday night at the High School Hoops Classic at Salt Lake Community College.
Regardless of who was guarding him, and whether he went left or right, Schenck got to the lane with relative ease all night, finishing with 21 points and four assists to lead the Warriors to the 57-43 victory.
"His hesitation factor. He can go right, he can go left, he's going left when he needs to. He finds a way to sneak in there and he's strong enough he can finish a little bit. It seems like he always finds an open guy in the corner too," said Weber coach Mark Larsen.
Including Tuesday's win over Kearns at SLCC, Schenck has racked up 41 points, 10 assists and just two turnovers over the past two nights.
"Those are tremendous numbers for a high school point guard, so we're obviously going to ride him as long as we can," said Larsen.
Schenck scored nine of his game-high 21 points in the decisive third quarter. Leading 26-22 at the break, Weber outscored Wasatch Academy 17-11 in the quarter to open up a double-digit lead. It increased it to as many as 18 midway through the fourth quarter.
"We kind of put the pressure on them to shoot their way back in. They were being super patient and making us defend, but once they got down 15 they kind of had to pick up the urgency," said Larsen.
With the victory, Weber improved to 7-1 this preseason while handing Wasatch Academy its first loss. On paper, it's not surprising that a 5A team would beat a 2A team, but Weber never took Wasatch Academy lightly. It was fully aware that region foe Fremont lost to 2A's South Sevier earlier this season, a team that Wasatch Academy beat.
"They're a great team, we've heard nothing but good things about them. We knew if we were going to win we had to play the best game we could and have a team effort," said Schenck.
In addition to Schenck, Weber got great production inside from Justin Nielsen, who finished with 15 points, while Jake Shaw chipped in with 10.
Weber's toughness seemed to wear down Wasatch Academy. After a tight first half, the Warriors tracked down the majority of the loose balls in the second half, not to mention dominating the glass.Comment on this story
A night after beating West by 18 points, Wasatch Academy turned the ball over 17 times against Weber. Coach Geno Morgan said it was a great wake-up call for his team.
"We're going for the 2A championship, not the 5A championship. We're not there yet, but I look at last year's team and they weren't there yet either. We were 3-2 at this point last year. It's a process, but these are the types of games that are going to get us ready for state," said Morgan.
Cody John led Wasatch Academy with 12 points in the loss.