NITRO, W.Va. -- The night went a lot more smoothly for Arick Nicks and his Huntington teammates.
Nicks began the game with a resounding swat of a Nitro layup attempt and knocked down all seven of his shots through three quarters to lead the Highlanders toward a 75-43 victory at Nitro on Thursday.
Forty-eight hours before, Nicks was bottled up in Huntington's 66-46 loss to South Charleston, the state's No. 1 Class AAA team.
"I'm satisfied with how we came out tonight,'' said Highlanders coach Ron Hess. "We were a lot more aggressive and took the ball to the hole and got inside and ran our sets much better than we did the other night.
"We shared the basketball. The other night, South Charleston took us out of what we wanted to do. We talked a lot about what we wanted to do tonight, and that's run our sets and make sure everybody shared the ball.''
The 6-foot-4 Nicks, the No. 4 scorer in the MSAC, was limited to nine points and eight rebounds against SC on Tuesday (on 3 of 9 shooting), but bettered that by halftime with 14 points and eight boards as the Highlanders led Nitro 31-18. He hit 7 of 8 shots Thursday and finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks while playing about three quarters.
Chancelor Wooding fired in 18 points for Huntington (10-3), ranked seventh in AAA, and Nick Tubbs and Anthony Meadows each grabbed eight rebounds.
"When we play with good intensity and we play smart and share the basketball,'' Hess said, "we're a pretty good team. But if we come out and play as individuals, we have a hard time. Any team is like that.