The Westerville South High School boys basketball team answered all challenges on its way to the Division I state title last season.

The Westerville South High School boys basketball team answered all challenges on its way to the Division I state title last season.

At 7-0 this season, the Wildcats continue to respond.

On Dec. 22 at Otterbein, South remained unbeaten with a 77-67 win over Huntington Prep, an elite travel team from West Virginia.

The Wildcats used a 17-0 run in the third quarter to take control.

"You challenge yourself to learn a little bit more about yourself," South coach Ed Calo said of playing Huntington Prep. "I think we found out a few things. Some kids can step up. You just want to go in a situation where you're playing as good a team as you can and you find out a little bit on what a kid can and cannot do, and we found out."

Ohio State signee Kaleb Wesson led South with 23 points, followed by Cameron Caldwell and Jake Garrison with 16 points apiece and Antione Smith Jr. with 11.

Garrison connected on a pair of 3-pointers during South's decisive run.

"The game plan was move the ball and try to make them play defense because most of their defense is trap, get a touch, steal and get a dunk," Wesson said. "We were going to try to make them play defense at midcourt."

Chris Smith led Huntington Prep with 22 points and Keldon Johnson added 20.

Huntington Prep is a basketball-focused college preparatory school and is considered one of the top programs in the country. All players are considered NCAA Division I prospects and are recruited by some of the top programs in the country.

The team features 6-foot-8 senior forward Chase Johnson, a Florida recruit who was matched with Wesson most of the night. Johnson finished with six points.

"Games like this are great," Wesson said. "It's just like AAU all over again. It's great players going against great players."

Jake Fischer, who formerly played at Hartley, is a senior guard for Huntington Prep.

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