The one consistent factor throughout the season for Athens was defense, forcing other teams into bad shots.
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Athens was the underdog going into its game Thursday against Zane Trace and needed to play one of its best games of the season to win.
Athens will need its defense to play its best Thursday against Zane Trace in the District Semifinal in The Convo.
Last year, Justin Hynes had an opportunity to win the sectional championship for Athens in the final seconds. He just needed to make a free throw to win the game for the Bulldogs.
Athens needed someone to step up.
Athens will need to use its experience and size advantage against Logan Elm in the sectional final Friday at 6 p.m.
After winning seven straight games, Athens ended the season with two losses in games that the Bulldogs struggled offensively.
Athens will have a chance to win a sectional championship.
Athens had to make a defensive stand.
Athens has already won more games this season than last, and the defensive performance has been key to the team’s success.
ALBANY — Athens used its defense and free-throw shooting to beat rival Alexander 53-38 on Saturday in The Alley and take sole possession of first-place in the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio.
Athens has a chance to take control of the Tri-Valley Conference-Ohio on Friday against Alexander.
Athens extended its winning streak to three games with a 70-48 victory over Wood County Christian School on Saturday afternoon behind a dominant first half performance.
Three players scored in double-digits as Athens defeated Marietta 54-47 on Tuesday night at McAfee Gymnasium in a nonconference game.
Athens will have the opportunity to rebound from a last-second loss Friday as it plays Marietta on Tuesday at home in a nonconference game.
Logan Maxfield scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half as Athens beat visiting River Valley 63-44 on Tuesday.
The first two games of the season was not the start Athens was looking for, as the Bulldogs lost their first two games. They lost to Gallia Academy, 45-35, and Waverly, 60-54, but Athens was able to learn a few things.
Athens struggled to hit shots as it lost to Gallia Academy, 45-35, in its season opener.
With a new coach, Ohio experienced a building year. While they found success offensively, the defensive struggles resulted in the team winning just five games.
A bad second half doomed Ohio in the Mid-American Conference semifinals as it lost 5-0 to No. 25 Miami on Friday in the second meeting of the teams in six days.