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Coal Grove boys to play Waterford in district final

March 7, 2019
The Hornets' Aaron Music averages 17 points per game.

COAL GROVE, Ohio — When Coal Grove looks at Waterford it sees itself.

Two similar high school boys basketball teams meet at 8:15 p.m. Thursday in the Division IV Athens District championship at Ohio University’s Convocation Center, in Athens, Ohio. The winner moves on to the regional, the Sweet 16, next week.

The Hornets and Wildcats each own 17-6 records, feature balanced scoring and are known for defense.

Coal Grove scores slightly more, averaging 57.8 points per game to Waterford’s 51.8. The Hornets are led by 6-foot-3 senior guard Aaron Music, a Kentucky Christian University signee who averages 17 points and 8.6 rebounds a game. Cory Borders, a 5-10 junior, averages 12.5 points and 3.4 rebounds. Point guard Jaylen McKenzie, a 5-11 senior, scores 9.5 points, grabs 3.6 rebounds, issues 3.0 assists and makes 1.5 steals per game.

Waterford, too, is paced by a 6-3 guard — Ross Young, scoring 13.9 points a game. Peyton Stephens, also 6-3, scores 10 per contest. Point guard Zane Heiss is a capable scorer, but is better known for his passing, ball handling and defense.

The winner advances to the regional semifinals at 8 p.m. Tuesday against the winner of the East district finals featuring Berlin Hiland and Strasbourg Franklin.