Green, NB boys, ND, SW girls show out

By Kevin Colley -

Saturday (12/16)


New Boston 68, Whiteoak 52

Behind another All-Ohio-esque performance from Kade Conley, the New Boston Tigers’ boys basketball program was able to move to 5-1 overall on the season with an impressive 68-52 victory over Mowrystown Whiteoak on the road on Saturday evening in Mowrystown.

Conley, who had been averaging around 25 points and 11 rebounds through the first five games, put up 26 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists against Whiteoak on Saturday to head the charge. Tyler Caldwell’s 18 points and 18 rebounds, along with Drake Truitt’s 10 tallies and Kyle McQuithy’s eight off of the pine, were critical numbers for New Boston in the victory.

“We were able to lead at the end of every quarter, and we were able to make some free throws down the stretch,” Cox said. “Kade had another great performance, and Tyler has played consistent all week. We were able to pull away late, but it was a close game. We had a good bus trip out there after pulling out a tight victory over Clay the night before. It was a game where we battled for the first three quarters before we obtained a comfortable lead and was able to pull away. We made adjustments in the second half after committing an unusual amount of turnovers, slowed down, ran our sets, and were able to put out the win.”

With the victory, New Boston surpassed last season’s win total just six games into the 2017-18 campaign.

“We hustled and played hard,” Cox said. “Surpassing the win total (from last season) is a step in the right direction. We just hope that we can keep it all together and keep playing hard.”

New Boston will host Green on Tuesday evening in what is expected to be an exciting SOC I bout.

Green 70, Manchester 58

Behind strong first and third quarters, along with another well-balanced output, the Green Bobcats’ boys basketball program was able to collect an impressive road victory over the Manchester Greyhounds, 70-58, in a contest that was played in Manchester.

Green, who jumped out to an impressive 60-33 margin after three quarters of play, was led by Tanner Kimbler, who obtained a team-high 24 points for the Bobcats. The junior, who was “hitting triples and dropping off passes to his low-post teammates,” according to head coach Dirk Hollar, was followed by Gage Sampson, who was “huge on the boards and getting to the rack” throughout his 23-point effort.

Tayte Carver (10 points), who “was his all-around self playing great defense and rebounding the basketball,” Zach Huffman, who took on the role of guarding Manchester’s greatest offensive threat, Caden Blizzard and Caden Brammer, who combined for eight points while “doing a great job inside of finishing off dump offs and boxing out,” and Rylee Maynard, who “came off of the bench and played his butt off,” were also instrumental in the final result.

“I told the radio (MIX 99.3/107.5 The Breeze) today that if we don’t defend we won’t win a game,” Hollar said. “Tonight, we sat down on D, played hard and did the little things. On the offensive end we shared the ball, attacked the rim and found Tanner who was lights out from the perimeter. It’s a huge win after losing three in a row. I’m very proud of how well we came out and were the aggressor after a rough stretch of games especially on the road at Manchester.”

Green will now prepare for a Tuesday evening bout at New Boston in what is expected to be a primo SOC I affair.


Notre Dame 69, Clay 30

Behind an incredible effort from Katie Dettwiller, along with 31 points and 12 steals combined from Ava Hassel and Taylor Schmidt, the Notre Dame Titans’ girls basketball program sprinted out to a 16-2 first-quarter advantage and never looked back as the Lady Titans took home an impressive 69-30 victory over the Clay Panthers’ girls basketball program on Saturday evening in Portsmouth.

Dettwiller, who led the way with her incredible efforts, obtained 17 points on 100 percent shooting (8-of-8), an astonishing total of 10 blocks, and seven rebounds to head an amazing defensive effort for Notre Dame, who collected 17 steals and 11 blocks on the evening. Schmidt and Hassel, who obtained 16 and 15 points, respectively, obtained six steals apiece to head up the spectacular efforts. The latter added four rebounds to help Notre Dame collect a solid 31-22 rebounding edge.

Lexi Smith’s 11 rebounds, seven points, and two steals, along with Molly Hoover’s seven assists and two steals, rounded out the efforts for Notre Dame, who improved to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in SOC I action. Clay was led by Cameron DeLotell’s 11 points, while Jensen Warnock’s eight points, eight rebounds, four steals, and three blocks, along with Regan Osborn’s seven points and four rebounds, rounded out the Lady Panthers’ (4-3, 4-2 SOC I) efforts.

Notre Dame will try to defend its home floor once more when the Lady Titans host New Boston on Monday evening. Clay, meanwhile, will travel to Eastern on the same day to face the Lady Eagles.

South Webster 57, Portsmouth 15

Behind a strong 17-point outburst from Madison Cook, the South Webster Jeeps’ girls basketball program jumped out to a 27-4 halftime advantage and never looked back en route to a 57-15 victory over the Portsmouth Trojans’ girls basketball program on Saturday evening in South Webster.

Cook, who obtained 15 points in the first half alone, continued to show off her impressive scoring abilities all evening long. Ellie Jo Johnson finished with eight tallies, while Kaylee Hadinger, Baylee Cox, Avery Zempter, Rose Stephens, Kenzie Hornikel, and Taylor Rawlins combined for the remaining 34 markers. Jasmine Eley and Kylisha Kearns combined for six points apiece to head the Lady Trojans’ output.

Friday (12/15)


New Boston 63, Clay 60

Behind strong efforts from Drake Truitt and Kade Conley, along with a monstrous effort on the glass from Alex Meade and Tyler Caldwell, the New Boston Tigers collected another victory in the clutch moments with a 63-60 victory over the Clay Panthers on Friday evening in Rosemount.

Truitt, who obtained 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Conley, who continued his spectacular season with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists, led the charge for New Boston. Caldwell’s 14 points and 16 rebounds (including seven offensive boards), Alex Meade’s 16 rebounds — 13 of which came in the opening half of play — and great defensive play from Eddie Phipps, who played all 32 minutes in the affair, rounded out yet another winning effort for New Boston.

“Our gameplan was to get the ball down into the post, and we were able to do that,” Cox said. “We kind of knew who we wanted to get posted up, and we were able to do that quite a few times between Kade Conley, Drake Truitt, and Tyler Caldwell. They all scored their points in the paint or at the free throw line. We got some great defensive play out of Eddie Phipps and Alex Meade along the way, with Eddie never coming out of the game and Alex collecting 13 rebounds in the first half alone.”

Still, even in victory, Cox credited Clay head coach Adam Betten for his valiant efforts in getting a young Panthers’ squad ready to compete.

“It was a good game, a very good game,” Cox said. “Clay played very well and shot very well. (Adam) Betten had a very good gameplan, and they executed it. They have a young team, but man, he has coached them up very well. They played hard, executed well, hit some big threes, and played the most disciplined basketball I have seen this year.”

With the victory, New Boston improved to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the SOC I.

Symmes Valley 65, Notre Dame 44

Despite obtaining 20 points from Miles Shipp, the Notre Dame Titans’ boys basketball program couldn’t quite get over the hump as the Titans fell to Symmes Valley, 65-44, on Friday evening in Symmes Valley.

Layken Gothard’s 16 points and seven rebounds, Nick Klaiber’s 14 points, and Hunter Adams’ 12 points and nine rebounds led the charge for the Vikings in the victory.

“The boys did a great job focusing on one possession at a time,” Symmes Valley head coach Chad Coffman said. “We worked very hard and played good solid half court defense. Symmes Valley’s culture is to work hard and be very tough which I felt like the boys did tonight.”

Symmes Valley will play host to East on Tuesday evening while Notre Dame will host East on the same day.

Thursday (12/14)


Notre Dame 62, East 11

Behind 26 points from its low-post duo of Lexi Smith and Katie Dettwiller, the Notre Dame Titans’ girls basketball program obtained a strong 62-11 victory over East on Thursday evening in Sciotoville.

Smith (14 points, 7-of-7 shooting) and Dettwiller (12 points, 6-of-7 shooting, two blocks) were fantastic in limited minutes, while reserves Cassie Schaefer, Claire Dettwiller, Chloe Delabar, and Isabel Cassidy all produced in enhanced time on the floor. Schaefer collected eight points, three steals, two assists, a rebound, and a block, while Cassidy (six points), Delabar (five rebounds, four points), and Dettwiller (four points, four rebounds, three assists, steal) all starred in all facets.

Taylor Schmidt, Molly Hoover, and Ava Hassel combined to collect nine assists without turning the ball over a single time to round out the winning efforts for Notre Dame.

Western 45, Green 29

Despite garnering 23 points from star freshman Kame Sweeney, the Green Bobcats’ girls basketball program fell to Western, 45-29, on Thursday evening in an SOC I bout.

The Lady Indians’ Kylee Tong led Western with 12 points, while Sylvia Evans and Haley Whitt collected 11 and 10, respectively, for Western. Abby Gast and Mia Henderson added eight and four tallies to close the deal.

Leslie Gallion, Logan Jones, and Megan Johnson each obtained two points for Green, who played Maysville (Ky.) St. Patrick on Saturday and will travel to Symmes Valley on Monday. Western will play at East in what will be a pair of SOC I matchups.

By Kevin Colley

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