South Webster 49, Ripley 33
Behind four three-pointers from Madison Cook and a balanced scoring effort that saw eight different South Webster players reach the scoring column, Kristie Johnson’s Lady Jeeps were able to open up the 2017 season with a quality win as South Webster raced past Ripley, 49-33, on Saturday evening in South Webster.
Cook, who put together an excellent performance on Saturday evening, displayed the skill that made the senior a Third-Team All-Southeast District selection in 2016-17 by collecting 19 points, four rebounds, two steals, and an assist. Ellie Jo Johnson followed with her 10-point, seven-rebound, six-assist effort, while Baylee Cox, Avery Zempter, Kaylee Hadinger, Taylor Rawlins, and Kenzie Hornikel combined to obtain 19 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, and three steals in the victory. Rose Stephens, Karli and Kelsi Montgomery, and Adrianna Blanton combined for four assists, three rebounds and two steals to round out a complete effort for South Webster.
The Jeeps, who improved to 1-0 on the year, will play Wheelersburg on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in South Webster in what will be the opening SOC II affair for both teams.
Logan Elm 74, Waverly 48
Despite 21 points, six assists, and three steals from Zoiee Smith, the Waverly Tigers’ girls basketball program wasn’t able to obtain a victory in its season-opening affair against Logan Elm as the Lady Tigers fell to the Lady Braves, 74-48, in a nonconference affair in Waverly on Saturday evening.
Smith, who also added three rebounds in a splendid debut, was followed by Carli Knight, who collected 14 points, four rebounds, and three steals in the contest. Raelynn Dale added seven points and a pair of rebounds and steals each to round out a Waverly effort that head coach John Bonifield can build on going forward.
“We are having to grow up quickly,” Bonifield said. “I thought that we did a good job generating turnovers, but have to learn to play more physical. Logan Elm did a great job rebounding and getting second chance points. We will continue working on our rebounding and being aggressive at both ends of the floor. Zoiee and Carli played extremely well tonight. They applied pressure defensively and were attacking on offense. We need them to continue to learn and develop and this was a solid start.”
Waverly (0-1) will take to the road to play Oak Hill in a SOC II conference bout. The contest will start at 7:30 p.m.
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