Sherman High’s Brian Busby scores a pair during a recent home game for the Tide.

HICO — Sherman used a gritty defensive effort and 17 points from senior Chris Abbott to take a road win over Midland Trail, 52-41 on Thursday night.

“We played well defensively and really got a great effort all around tonight,” said Sherman head coach Aaron Pauley. “We took care of the ball and won the battle on the glass (rebounds), and we had over 20 tips on the defensive end of the court.”

Abbott got the game started with a bang by burying a 3-point bucket on the wing, and Sherman held a four-point advantage early but led by a 12-11 margin after the opening quarter.

The Tide (3-5) took control in the second frame, getting buckets from Abbott, Bryson Carter, Brian Busby and RJ Cline as they went on a 14-6 run to build a 26-17 halftime lead in a game that saw ball pressure defense from both squads.

Midland Trail (3-3) came out of the locker room firing in the third period thanks to baskets from Matt Light, Aidan Lesher, Liam Gill and Bo Persinger, with Light and Lesher burying 3-point shots in what was the only quarter of the game that saw the home team outscore the Tide, 16-15.

Sherman went on an 11-8 run in the final period to seal the win thanks to forced turnovers and a half-court defensive effort.

Pauley liked the energy of his club on this night.

“We were definitely high energy for the entire 32 minutes,” he said.

Sherman, winner of two straight games, plays at Van on Jan. 17 for a cross-county collision of Class A teams.

SHERMAN SCORING: Abbott 17, Busby 13, Cline 4, Carter 2, Kirk 4

MID TRAIL SCORING: Light 14, Lesher 12, Eades 6, Persinger 3, Gill, 2 Isaacs, 2, Sheaves 2

SHERMAN: 12 14 15 11 — 52

Mid TRAIL: 11 6 16 8 — 41

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.