JACKSON — The Portsmouth West Senators scored just 17 second-half points, and were outscored by the Meigs Marauders 17-6 in the fourth quarter, en route to a 55-38 defeat in a Division III sectional semifinal on Wednesday at Jackson High School.
The loss ends the Senators’ season at 7-16, while 13th-seeded Meigs — now 13-9 — moves on to play fourth-seeded Wheelersburg in Saturday night’s sectional championship tilt.
Wheelersburg was one of five teams of the 27 total in the Southeast District to have a first-round tournament bye.
The Pirates played the Marauders in the same round last season, but the Southeast District decided to utilize a super-sectional format for all of the divisions, including Division III, for this year.
West was the 20th-seeded squad, and stood tied with Meigs following the first quarter at 11-11.
In fact, the two teams were tied 21-21 in the final seconds of the second stanza, but Meigs’ Coulter Cleland — who erupted for a game-high 28 points on 11 total field goals and 5-of-8 free throws — turned the tide in one fell swoop.
Cleland converted an old-fashioned three-point play for the 21-21 tie, then stole an inbounds pass by the Senators — and splashed the club’s only three-pointer as time expired.
It was six points in five seconds, as West scored just six points in the entire fourth period.
The Marauders led 36-32 after three, but then the Senators scored only on a Brennan Bauer three-pointer, an Eli Adkins basket, and a split of free throws from Luke Howard.
Howard and Nick Davis’ dozen points apiece paced West, as both made five field goals and 2-of-4 free throws.
Bauer buried a pair of three-pointers and a deuce, while Luke Bradford bagged a pair of field goals for four points.
While West only had an 18-16 disadvantage in total field goals, it attempted only eight foul shots and made four — while the Marauders made 14 and attempted 19.
Cleland connected for six points in the first, four in the third and eight in the fourth, but it was his 13 in the second that did the most damage.
Weston Baer and Wyatt Hoover had 10 points apiece for Meigs, as Baer sank 6-of-7 free throws and Hoover hit for four field goals.
The game marked the final for three Senator seniors — Davis, Bauer and Dillyn Coe.
Wheelersburg will meet Meigs on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. inside Waverly’s Downtown Arena.
Oak Hill 71, Northwest 26
JACKSON — The Northwest Mohawks managed just 26 total points in suffering a season-ending 71-26 loss against Oak Hill in Wednesday night’s Division III sectional semifinal at Jackson High School.
Northwest, which finished at 4-19, was the 27th-seeded team out of 27 total in the Southeast District’s Division III super sectional.
The Mohawks had just one point in the entire first quarter — a Dakota Secrest split of free throws with 1:46 remaining.
The Oaks amassed the first 17 points and, after Billy Crabtree scored for Northwest to start the second quarter, the Oaks scored 16 of the next 19 to lead 33-6 at halftime.
Northwest’s only other points of the period were a Brycen Carver field goal and a Brayden Campbell split of free throws.
Oak Hill then added 20 more points to its total in the third frame, including the career 1,000th for standout senior Chase Hammond.
Hammond, who paced the Oaks with 20 points on seven field goals and 6-of-10 free throws, hit a foul shot with 1:49 to play in the quarter for that 1,000th career point.
Drew Hanning had 16 points for Oak Hill including three three-pointers, as all 12 of Keaton Potter’s points came via way of the three-ball.
Crabtree and Campbell scored seven points apiece to lead the Mohawks.
The game marked the final for five Northwest seniors: Crabtree, Timmy Emmons, Judd Evans, Braden Borens and Braxton Marcum.
Oak Hill, the sixth seed in the super-sectional and which is now 18-5, faces 11th-seeded Ironton for a Division III sectional championship on Saturday night at Jackson High School.
Meigs Eastern 50, Notre Dame 24
WELLSTON —The Notre Dame Titans tallied just five first-period points, and never caught up to the Meigs Eastern Eagles, en route to a 50-24 Division IV sectional semifinal loss on Wednesday night at Wellston High School.
Notre Dame, the 19th-seeded squad in the sectional, fell to 6-16 with the defeat.
The Titans do have one regular-season Southern Ohio Conference Division I makeup matchup remaining — on Friday night against visiting Green.
The Titans did see plenty of Green from the 14th-seeded Eagles, which outscored them 23-5 in the opening quarter, on the strength of five three-point goals from Garrett Barringer.
He added two more second-stanza field goals for a game-high 19, nearly tying the Titans’ total by himself.
Dominic Sparks scored two baskets for Notre Dame in the first quarter, as Caleb Nichols — with a split of free throws — notched the Titans’ only other first-period point.
In the second canto, Notre Dame did double up the Eagles 12-6, as Nichols nailed three three-pointers and a foul shot — while Sparks scored another two-pointer.
However, Eastern outscored the Titans 14-1 in the third, with Sparks scoring the only point on a charity toss.
Trailing 43-18, Notre Dame got fourth-quarter field goals from Christian Alvarez and Dylan Seison, and two free throws from Gary Zheng.
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