Johnston, Piper have big second half in?Fredonia win

Nick Johnston and John Piper each had a big second half in helping the Fredonia Hillbillies (12-4, 9-2) take down the Southwestern Trojans (7-4), 79-65, Friday in CCAA Division 1 boys high school basketball.

After the Hillbillies let a 24-17 lead slip away to a 32-all halftime score, Piper scored 20 of his game-high 24 points in the second half and Johnston scored 17 of his 23 in the final 16 minutes.

“Johnston has been nursing an injury all year,” Fredonia coach Greg Lauer said. “He came back and had a great second half for us. We started to attack the basket more and get to the line a lot in the second half.”

Three-point shooting was also key for the winners as Dylan Meyer hit four treys in the first quarter en route to 20 first-half points.

“He came out shooting really well,” Lauer said. “Piper and Johnston were able to step up in the second half.”

Meyer finished with 23 points while Johnston had eight assists and Cameron Voss added six rebounds.

The Trojans were led by Alec Peck’s 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Fredonia returns to action Monday when it hosts Allegany-Limestone.