BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — Nov. 27-28
Paint Valley 75, Clay 38
BAINBRIDGE — The Clay Panthers, and specifically senior Shaden Malone, scored the opening seven points of their non-league game at Paint Valley on Friday night.
After that, it was all host Bearcats — all of the time.
The Panthers scored just 31 points over the final 29 minutes and 53 seconds, as Paint Valley vanquished visiting Clay by a count of 75-38 in both teams’ season opener.
Clay trailed 16-10 following the first quarter, 33-14 at halftime and 57-34 following three frames.
Over the final 13:53 of the first half, the Panthers posted just seven points.
Clay Cottle with 19 and Malone with 17 accounted for all but two of the Panthers’ points.
Cordell Grubb with 23 points and Dax Estep with 21 points paced Paint Valley, as Cole Miller muscled a dozen.
Clay had its non-league home opener on Saturday night against Trimble get canceled.
The Panthers will host non-league Oak Hill, which lost 63-48 in its season opener against South Gallia, on Tuesday.
West Union at New Boston, ppd. to Jan. 26
South Webster 53, Notre Dame 42
Coal Grove 51, West 39
COAL GROVE — While the first three quarters went the way of the Portsmouth West Lady Senators, the final stanza went for the host Coal Grove Lady Hornets — and in a big way.
Trailing 38-32 after three periods, the Lady Hornets proceeded to outscore West 23-7 in the final frame on their way to a 51-39 season-opening win.
Saturday’s loss was the first of the season for the Lady Senators, which fell to 2-1.
Coal Grove senior Addi Dillow scored a game-high 21 points, including eight coming in the fourth when the Lady Hornets made their run.
Junior forward Kaleigh Murphy scored 13 points, seven coming in the fourth.
West junior Keima Bennett had a season-high 10 points in the loss, with six coming in the opening quarter.
Sophomore Lexi Deaver added nine points, and sunk the Lady Senators’ only made three of the contest during the first period.
West will travel to Southeastern on Tuesday (Dec. 1) — seeking its first road win of the season before hosting defending Southern Ohio Conference Division II champ Wheelersburg on Thursday (Dec. 3).
Athens at Portsmouth, ppd.