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Wallace’s Zack Welch hits 14 3-pointers in 52-point night to remember

Jan. 31, 2019 Updated Thu., Jan. 31, 2019 at 5:49 p.m.

 (AP)
(AP)

They say when a shooter gets on a roll, the basket looks two sizes bigger to them.

“Definitely,” Zack Welch said.

Welch had a career night on Wednesday as he scored 52 points, including hitting 14 of 17 shots from beyond the arc, leading his Wallace Miners over host Clark Fork 85-35.

The Miners, at 14-2, are ranked No. 2 in Idaho 1A Division I by the Idaho media poll.

Welch’s previous high this season was 34 points.

“It was unreal,” Wallace coach Corey Miller said. … “He’s a great shooter. (Clark Fork) set up in a zone all night. He made the first few, and when they didn’t break out of the zone we just kept going to him.”

Welch, a 6-foot guard, said he didn’t feel particularly hot right out of the gate.

“I’d say about midway through the first quarter, after I hit a few, I started feeling it,” he said.

Welch said he’s had some big games before in his career, but he didn’t remember having a game like this before.

“I believe it’s the first time I’ve done something like this,” he said.

His coach hopes a game like this results in more attention for his senior guard, who wants to continue playing basketball at the next level.

Miller said Welch has drawn interest from a couple of junior colleges, and he’s been sending stats and video out to other college coaches.

“It’s hard to get people to come out to see him since we’re such a small school,” Miller said.

Wallace was unaffiliated with a league this season. The Miners will play in a regional play-in game against the District 2 third-place team on Feb. 21, with the winner advancing to a state play-in game on Feb. 23.

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