Clay, NB, ND, SW all continue roll

Valley falls to Oak Hill, PHS drops opener

By Kevin Colley -

Thursday (11/30)

Clay 70, Green 12

Balanced scoring punches usually work to a team’s favor. That was especially the case for the Clay Panthers’ girls basketball program on Thursday evening, as the Lady Panthers took home another big victory by defeating Green, 70-12, in an SOC I matchup that was held in Franklin Furnace.

Clay, who moved to 2-0 on the year with the victory, was led by the all-around efforts of Jensen Warnock and Skylar Artis, who were tremendous on Thursday evening. Warnock obtained 13 points, 14 rebounds, six blocked shots, and three assists to head the charge, while Artis added 13 points, seven steals, and four assists.

Regan Osborn, who led the team in scoring with 14 points, Cameron DeLotell, who added 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, and Lauren Campbell, who obtained 11 points, four rebounds, three steals, and a block, rounded out the the double-figure scorers, while Hunnter Adams (nine rebounds) and Sophia Balestra (five rebounds, three steals) contributed in multiple areas.

The Lady Panthers, who also improved to 2-0 in conference play, will be back in action against Chesapeake as Clay opens its home slate with a nonconference bout against the OVC squad. Green will obtain three days of rest before getting back into the SOC I swing Monday evening with a contest against Eastern that will also be held in Franklin Furnace.

New Boston 69, Symmes Valley 42

Another game, another balanced scoring effort. That was the story for the New Boston Tigers’ girls basketball program, who wasted no time collecting its second victory in as many games to start the 2017 campaign with a 69-42 win over the Symmes Valley Lady Vikings on Thursday evening in Symmes Valley.

Ali Hamilton, who has put together an outstanding career en route to All-Southeast District and All-Ohio honors, continued to prove her worth as the senior big collected 23 points, seven rebounds, five steals, and four assists, while Mariah Buckley, a consistent presence in the backcourt, obtained 15 points and three assists for the Lady Tigers. Peyton Helphinstine added 11 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals in a gritty effort that allowed New Boston to collect a 39-16 halftime advantage.

“Symmes Valley is a very good rebounding team,” New Boston head coach Kayla Wiley said. “I was proud of my girls blocking out and making that aspect difficult on them tonight. We started off a little slow but once we hit a couple of shots and stringed together a couple of defensive stops, we didn’t look back.”

Bri Humble and Sammy Oiler each collected seven points, with the former adding seven boards of her own, to create a well-balanced attack, while Lexus Oiler (four points, four rebounds) and Kaylee Stone (two points, seven rebounds, three steals) rounded out the complete effort for the Lady Tigers.

“Mariah Buckley did a good job taking care of the ball tonight and driving,” Wiley said. “Ali Hamilton really did good down low and attacked the basket well. Peyton did good on offense and hit the open man, but aslo really helped on the defensive end. Kaylee Stone played great help side defense and rebounded well for us tonight. Sammy Oiler put together a fantastic effort as far as deflecting passes and causing turnovers on defense were concerned. Bri Humble really made it difficult for them to get to the rim. She also did really well crashing the boards.”

With the victory, New Boston improved to 2-0 overall and in SOC I action. The Lady Tigers will host East on Monday evening at 6 p.m. in another SOC I bout.

Notre Dame 72, Western 25

Behind a strong 14-point, seven-rebound effort from junior standout Katie Dettwiller, the Notre Dame Titans’ girls basketball program took an early 14-2 advantage and never looked back en route to a dominating 72-25 victory over the Western Lady Indians on Thursday evening in Latham.

Dettwiller, who put up her best total of the young season in the scoring department, also was tremendous on the defensive end as the 6-3 big collected four blocks and a steal to head up a relentless Notre Dame defense that gave up just four points in the first half. The junior scored her 14 points on eight shot attempts — making seven of those for a strong 88 percent mark from the floor — en route to putting together a complete game. Ali Smith and Clara Hash, who joined Dettwiller in double-figures, each scored 10 points while shooting 56 percent and 43 percent from the field, respectively.

Lexi Smith, who added six rebounds of her own, collected seven tallies, while Molly Hoover put up eight assists, obtained a pair of boards, and took away a pair of passes to also aid Notre Dame. Olivia Smith also helped initiate the offense with seven dimes while Baylee Webb tallied three steals and three assists apiece.

Notre Dame (2-0, 2-0 SOC I) will return to action next Thursday when the Lady Titans make the trip to Willow Wood to face Symmes Valley.

South Webster 69, Waverly 43

Behind a breakout performance from Baylee Cox and a gargantuan night for Madison Cook, the South Webster Jeeps’ girls basketball program collected its third victory in a five-day span on Thursday evening as Kristie Johnson’s club moved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in SOC I action with a 69-43 victory over the Waverly Lady Tigers on Thursday evening in South Webster.

Cox, a sophomore forward that oozes potential, obtained 20 points to lead all scorers, and also added five rebounds to help lead the Lady Jeeps to another impressive win, while Cook — who grabbed an unbelievable 19 rebounds in addition to her 15 tallies, three assists, and two steals — showed off her All-Ohio caliber talent.

Behind the duo, Ellie Jo Johnson obtained 10 points, six rebounds, five assists, and a steal, while Rose Stephens added 10 points and a steal on her own. Avery Zempter and Taylor Rawlins combined for six points, three assists, and a steal while Karli Montgomery grabbed seven rebounds en route to rounding out the winning effort.

Waverly, who fell to 0-3 on the year and 0-2 in the league, was again led by Zoiee Smith, who collected 19 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals on Thursday evening. Smith has scored 61 points in her first three affairs as a high school student-athlete.

With the victory, South Webster will turn its attention to Valley, whom they’ll play in an away bout on Monday evening. Waverly, meanwhile, will host Northwest on the same day.

Oak Hill 53, Valley 47

Despite a well-balanced effort from the Valley Indians’ girls basketball program, the Oak Hill Lady Oaks, behind 20 points apiece from Payton Crabtree and Caitlyn Brisker, were able to fend off a strong effort from Valley as Oak Hill moved to 2-0 in regular season and conference play with a 53-47 victory over Valley on Thursday evening.

Hannah Conley and Bre Call, two of Valley’s top returners from last season, scored 11 and 10 points respectively, while Kaity Howard, Brooklyn Buckle, and Bailee Day obtained eight, six, and six points to lead a balanced attack. However, Crabtree’s quintet of threes, along with a 22-of-34 mark from the free throw line — compared to just 14-of-27 for Valley — allowed the Lady Oaks to emerge with the victory.

With the victory, Oak Hill will set its sights on Wheelersburg, whom they’ll play Monday inside the confines of Wheelersburg High School. Valley, meanwhile, will take to the road on Saturday when the Lady Indians (0-2, 0-2) travel to Coal Grove in a nonconference battle.

Ironton 65, Portsmouth 38

The Portsmouth Trojans’ girls basketball program took a 14-10 advantage after a quarter of play and sat a 19-19 tie with rival Ironton with 3:24 to play in the second quarter, but a 7-0 first-half spurt by the Lady Tigers, and a 39-15 second-half push by Ironton, spelled doom for Portsmouth in its season and conference opener as the Lady Trojans fell, 65-38, in a home bout on Thursday evening.

Hannah Hughes and Sharia Kearns each finished with 11 points for Portsmouth — with the former scoring eight points in the first and the latter adding five points in the third quarter — to lead the Lady Trojans. Jaiden Rickett added six points for Portsmouth. Lexi Wise and Lexie Arden combined for 36 points for Ironton.

The Lady Trojans (0-1, 0-1 OVC) will play at Waverly on Saturday afternoon. Game time is at 12 p.m.

Monday (11/27)

New Boston 72, Western 23

After going through the 2017 offseason with high expectations, the New Boston Tigers’ basketball program wasted no time getting their 2017 campaign off on the right foot as New Boston shot out to a 41-4 halftime advantage en route to dominating Western, 72-23, on Monday evening in New Boston.

Four players finished in double-figures, with senior strongholds Ali Hamilton and Mariah Buckley garnering 16 points apiece. Hamilton collected six rebounds, while Buckley put together an excellent floor game, collecting six assists and three rebounds on Thursday evening. Peyton Helphinstine, Kaylee Stone, and Lexus Oiler all put together outstanding defensive efforts as the trio combined to collect a dozen steals in the affair. Helphinstine finished with 11 points, six assists, five steals, and three rebounds, while Oiler obtained 12 points in addition to her three steals.

“We had a lot of intensity on the defensive end and a lot of energy,” New Boston head coach Kayla Wiley said. “The girls came ready to play and really clicked as a team. It was a great team win for us.”

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Bri Humble (six points), Stone and Shelby Easter (four points), and Taylen Hickman (three tallies) all scored in the victory for the Lady Tigers, who moved to 1-0 with the win.

Valley falls to Oak Hill, PHS drops opener

By Kevin Colley

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