West 47, Valley 42
Behind strong performances from Makayla White, Madison Compton, and Jordyn Swords, the West Lady Senators’ basketball program grabbed a critical early-season victory that could very well make a big difference in its own SOC II standing at the end of the season as White’s 17 points, Compton’s 16, and Swords’ 12 allowed West to claim a 47-42 victory over a scrappy Valley squad who stayed with Valley the entire way in a thrilling battle between two solid basketball programs on Monday evening.
“It was just a gutty, gritty effort tonight by our girls,” West head coach Jason Claytor said. “The girls played hard all night. It was a very physical game. I thought that we got the game played at a pace that we wanted.”
White, Swords, and Compton, who were crucial from start to finish in the season-opening victory that moved West to 1-0 on the season and in SOC II action, allowed West to take a 9-4 lead over the Lady Indians after a quarter of play. White and Swords then each collected four crucial baskets over the rest of the contest to keep the lead as Valley, who closed the margin to a 29-26 advantage in the third quarter, at bay, and Compton and Swords combined for three trey balls in the second half alone, with Swords knocking both of hers down in an eight-point third quarter, to keep the Lady Indians from coming any closer. The aforementioned trio combined to make 10 free throws en route to aiding West’s winning effort.
“We got big nights out of both of our two senior leaders,” Claytor said. “(Makayla) White and (Madison) Compton both did what they needed to do tonight. Jordyn Swords stepped up big and hit some shots for us in the second half. Overall, I am proud of the effort from the entire team. They dug down when they needed to and kept control of the game.”
Valley, who showed promise throughout the evening, got a team-high 11 points from Kaity Howard. Bre Call, Karsyn Conaway, and Chalee Hettinger each collected eight points for the Lady Indians, while Hannah Conley added five for Mark Merritt’s club, who fell to 0-1 overall and in conference play.
The Lady Senators and Lady Indians will host home bouts on Thursday evening, with West facing off against Northwest and Valley hosting Oak Hill as the Lady Oaks make the journey to Scioto County. Both games will tip at 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame 66, Green 20
Behind a combined 25 points and 20 rebounds from the low-post duo of Lexi Smith and Katie Dettwiller, along with a strong 11-point showing on 44 percent shooting from Ava Hassel in her first varsity affair, the Notre Dame Lady Titans stormed to victory on Monday evening as Notre Dame defeated Green, 66-20, in the opening contest of the year for both squads.
Smith, who accumulated 15 points and nine rebounds on the evening, and Dettwiller, who added 10 points and 11 boards on her own, went 7-of-11 and 5-of-10 from the field to post efficient offensive games down on the low block. Hassel added four rebounds, four assists, and three steals in an excellent floor game.
In addition to Hassel, Molly Hoover and Taylor Schmidt were pests all evening long as the quick guards combined for seven swipes on Monday evening. Schmidt, who obtained four of those seven steals, added two assists, who Hoover obtained a team-high seven assists in the victory.
Both units will take to the road on Thursday evening as Notre Dame will play at Western while Green will play at Clay. The Notre Dame-Western affair will start at 6 p.m. while the Green-Clay bout will commence at 7:30 p.m.
Oak Hill 49, Waverly 45
Behind a 17-point effort from Caitlyn Brisker, the Oak Hill Lady Oaks were able to hold off the Waverly Lady Tigers, 49-45, despite another solid performance from Zoiee Smith that included a second 21-point effort from the freshman in as many games to start the season.
Brisker, who scored 17 points in the contest, was followed by Rileigh Swinge, who notched 12 tallies, and Olivia Clarkson, who put up 10 points on her own. Bailey Ward added eight points to round out a balanced scoring attack.
Smith, who also notched seven points and two steals, was also followed by Carli Knight and Kiara Smith, who put up 13 and seven points, respectively, while adding a steal apiece to the table. Kiara Smith also added nine rebounds to round out the standout effort from the Waverly trio.
“We started the game struggling to make shots and get into a rhythm offensively,” Waverly head coach John Bonifield said. “This happened again in the third quarter. There were many positives for our young team tonight. We battled and competed until the very end. In the fourth quarter, our defensive intensity was the best it’s been and we gave ourselves an opportunity to get a road win.”
Oak Hill will travel to Valley on Thursday evening while Waverly will held to South Webster in what will be a pair of SOC II matchups. Both game times are at 7:30 p.m.
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