South Webster 44, Valley 27
Behind a 17-point output from Madison Cook and another well-rounded effort from Ellie Jo Johnson, the South Webster Jeeps’ girls basketball program moved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in SOC II conference action with a 44-27 victory over the Valley Lady Indians on Monday evening in Lucasville.
Cook, who collected two rebounds and two steals on the evening, and Johnson, who showed off her tremendous floor game once again with 14 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and a steal, spearheaded a strong effort that saw the Lady Jeeps sprint out to a 25-4 halftime advantage — including a 16-0 first-quarter lead — en route to cruising to the win.
In addition to the main duo, Kaylee Hadinger put together another well-rounded game, collecting two points, two rebounds, two assists, and three steals and Avery Zempter added five points, three rebounds, and two assists up top, while Baylee Cox collected four points, two rebounds, and a block on the low block for the victors. Karli Montgomery added two points and two rebounds while Rose Stephens continued to string together great defensive minutes in the victory.
Valley was led by Bre Call’s eight points. Karsyn Conaway, Brooklyn Buckle, and Hannah Conley added seven, six, and five points, respectively, to round out the Lady Indians’ efforts.
Both units will host SOC II bouts on Thursday as South Webster will host West while Valley will host Waverly.
Waverly 60, Northwest 38
Behind another strong performance from Zoiee Smith, the Waverly Tigers’ girls basketball program claimed an SOC II victory over the Northwest Mohawks’ girls basketball program, 60-38, on Monday evening.
Smith, who accumulated 16 points and added a game-high 17 rebounds to her total, continued her tremendous play on Monday evening, adding seven assists and seven steals to the cause. Kami Knight’s 12 points and six rebounds, along with 10 points and four steals from Carli Knight and eight points and five steals from Morgan Wiseman, rounded out the Waverly efforts.
Despite the loss, Northwest got excellent effort from several of its hands, including Valerie Eury, who finished with 15 points on her own, while Kierah Potts added eight points for the Lady Mohawks. Abby Baer and Skylar Patty collected six and five points, respectively, to round out the Northwest efforts.
Both teams will take to the road as Waverly will travel to Valley while Northwest will head to Wheelersburg in what will be a pair of SOC II battles.
Eastern 56, Green 41
Despite 12 points from Kame Sweeney and a well-balanced scoring effort, the Green Lady ‘Cats weren’t quite able to break through against the Eastern Lady Eagles as Green fell to Eastern, 56-41, on Monday evening in Franklin Furnace.
Green, who showed the potential that will be present as it moves along in future seasons, put six additional girls in the score column, as Charli Blevins and Megan Johnson each accumulated seven points apiece, while Ava Jenkins added five points on her own. Peyton Gaffney, Leslie Gallion, and Logan Jones each combined to obtain 10 additional points between the trio to round out the scoring.
The Lady ‘Cats will take to the road to face East on Thursday evening in a SOC I bout.
Coal Grove 62, Portsmouth 35
Despite receiving 17 points from Jasmine Eley and 12 points from Sharia Kearns, the Portsmouth Trojans’ girls basketball program wasn’t able to obtain a victory over the Coal Grove Hornets’ girls basketball program, as Portsmouth fell by a 62-35 tally to fall to 0-2 in OVC play and in the overall standings.
Hannah Hughes, who scored the remaining six points for the Lady Trojans, rounded out the scoring. Eley scored 12 of her 17 points in the second half, while Kearns added eight of her dozen in the final set of stanzas.
The Lady Trojans will travel to South Point to face the Lady Pointers on Thursday evening in another OVC bout.