“But if it weren’t for Biren we would have not been in the game, anyway. He did a good job of handling the ball, distributing the ball and making plays. I was very proud of Biren.
“But everyone stepped up. Juvaree (Sutton) and Roscoe (Rascellis Williams) played good defense, and Nick hit some shots and Broderick (Johnson) played tough underneath against a 6-6 kid.
“I was proud of everybody. The guys on the bench were into the game and were a positive force, and it was a total team effort.
“Again, we are disappointed and we fell short. But to play a team like that – a state-ranked team – and give them all they could handle is something to be proud of.”
The Rams trailed 17-16 in the second period before Johnson scored on a put back to give the Rams an 18-17 advantage.
Hirschi came back to take the lead on a jumper by Harley, but Johnson came back and scored on a layup as the Rams took the lead back, 20-19.
It would be the last lead the Rams would enjoy. Hirschi followed with a 9-0 run for a 28-20 cushion and held a seven-point lead at the half.
Thanks in part to 11 points by Clardy in the third period, the Rams outscored Hirschi 15-13 to cut the lead to 48-43 as the game moved to the fourth quarter.
MWHS 12 16 15 19 – 62
HHS 14 21 13 15 – 63
MWHS – Biren Clardy 18, Broderick Johnson 15, Nick Wendt 15, Rascellis Williams 7, Juvaree Sutton 4, Jordan Duckett 3.