BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — December 1


BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — December 1

West at Huntington, ppd.

Notre Dame at Rock Hill, ppd.

Coal Grove at Ironton St. Joseph, ppd.

River Valley 71, Symmes Valley 65

Oak Hill 68, Clay 64

South Webster 69, Green 49

SOUTH WEBSTER — The host Jeeps finally charged up in the fourth quarter.

That’s because South Webster, with 20 fourth-period points compared to just three for visiting Green, went on to capture a 69-49 non-league victory on Tuesday night.

The Jeeps are now 2-0, as they also rallied past Notre Dame (53-42) on Saturday night for their initial triumph of the season.

Tuesday’s tilt was Green’s season opener, and marked the head coaching debut for new Bobcats’ bench boss Scott Blankenship.

Green gained a slim 33-31 advantage at halftime —thanks largely to senior Wiley Sanders scoring all 15 of his points on five field goals and 5-of-5 free throws.

But the Jeeps outscored the Bobcats 18-13 in the third quarter to take a 49-46 lead, before South Webster only allowed Green an Ethan Huffman field goal and Levi Sampson foul shot in the fourth.

Trae Zimmerman, who scored 28 points including 25 in the second half in the win at Notre Dame, paced all scorers again on Tuesday —with 20 points on eight field goals and 3-of-4 fourth-quarter foul shots.

Cam Carpenter chipped in with 17 points on seven field goals and a pair of third-frame free throws, as Will Collins —with a perfect 6-of-6 second-half freebies —added five baskets for 16.

Zimmerman and Carpenter canned a three-point goal apiece.

Connor Bender, Jaren Lower and Brady Blizzard bucketed two baskets apiece for four points, as Brock Campbell and South Webster sole senior Lane Bond had one basket apiece.

The game marked Senior Night activities for Bond.

For the Bobcats, Huffman had seven field goals for 14 points, as Levi Singleton —who hit all three of Green’s triples — tallied 13.

Both teams open Southern Ohio Conference action on Friday night —with South Webster venturing to Valley in the SOC II and Green going to Ironton St. Joseph in the SOC I.

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Green 17 16 13 3 — 49

S. Webster 19 12 18 20 —69

GREEN 49 (0-1)

Levi Simpson 1 2-5 4, Levi Blevins 0 0-0 0, Levi Waddell 0 0-0 0, Derek Salyers 0 0-0 0, Ethan Huffman 7 0-1 14, Austin Ray 0 0-0 0, Levi Singleton 5 0-0 13, Dawson Damron 0 1-2 1, Wiley Sanders 5 5-5 15, Josh Hammonds 1 0-0 2, Braydon Chaffins 1 0-0 2; TOTALS 19 8-13 49; Three-point goals: 3 (Levi Singleton 3)

SOUTH WEBSTER 69 (2-0)

Connor Bender 2 0-0 4, Trae Zimmerman 8 3-4 20, Riley Burnett 0 0-0 0, Brock Campbell 1 0-1 2, Jaren Lower 2 0-0 4, Cam Carpenter 7 2-2 17, Brady Blizzard 2 0-0 4, Myles Beasley 0 0-0 0, Zander Rawlins 0 0-0 0, Will Collins 5 6-6 16, Lane Bond 1 0-0 2; TOTALS 28 11-13 69; Three-point goals: 2 (Trae Zimmerman and Cam Carpenter 1 apiece)

Piketon 52, Valley 50

PIKETON — The young Valley Indians indeed made a fourth-quarter comeback, but it wasn’t enough in Norm Persin’s head coaching debut at Valley —as the host Piketon Redstreaks fended off the Indians 52-50 on Tuesday night in both squads’ season opener.

Valley, despite four seniors on the roster, is spearheaded by its underclassmen —including freshman Jace Copley, whose 11 first-half points including three three-point goals got the Indians out to a 26-23 halftime advantage.

Copley, in fact, scored Valley’s first eight points —then splashed his third and final three to open the second period.

Carter Nickel in the first quarter and Colt Buckle and Bryce Stuart in the second stanza —with a deuce and a trey apiece —scored five first-half points.

The Indians amounted a pair of eight-point leads at 24-16 and 26-18, but Piketon’s Tra Sawyne —who scored a game-high 20 points on seven field goals and 6-of-8 free throws —scored the final five first-half points.

The Redstreaks struck in the third quarter with 21 points to the Indians’ 10, as Piketon went a 10-2 run to take a 33-28 lead —part of a 44-36 advantage following the frame.

The Indians then rallied to within 51-48 with less than 17 seconds left, when Stuart sank a three-pointer and scored off a steal.

Swayne split a pair of one-and-one free throws, part of his 3-of-4 in the quarter, as Buckle’s basket on a drive made it 52-50.

The Redstreaks then missed the front end of another one-and-one opportunity with two seconds to play, but Piketon prevented Valley from getting a final desperation shot off in order to tie or win.

Seven Indians played and six scored, including Stuart, who scored a team-high 13 points on five field goals and 2-of-4 foul shots.

Copley with 11 and Buckle with nine netted four field goals apiece, as Ty Perkins (two field goals and 2-of-3 free throws) and George Arnett (one three-point goal and 3-of-6 free throws) each added six.

Chris Chandler with 12 points and Levi Gullion with 11 finished with five field goals apiece for Piketon.

Both teams missed six free throws, although the Indians’ misses ultimately proved more costly.

Persin, who is Ohio’s all-time active coaching career wins leader with 766, is beginning his 44th season as a head coach.

He spent the past 14 seasons at Oak Hill — a fellow member with Valley in the Southern Ohio Conference Division II.

The Indians open SOC II play on Friday night by hosting 2-0 South Webster.

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Valley 13 13 10 14 — 50

Piketon 12 11 21 8 —52

VALLEY 50 (0-1)

George Arnett 1 3-6 6, Jace Copley 4 0-0 11, Ty Perkins 2 2-3 6, Carter Nickel 2 0-0 5, Cody Metzler 0 0-0 0, Colt Buckle 4 0-0 9, Bryce Stuart 5 2-4 13; TOTALS 18 7-13 50; Three-point goals: 7 (Jace Copley 3, George Arnett, Carter Nickel, Colt Buckle and Bryce Stuart 1 apiece)

PIKETON 52 (1-0)

Levi Gullion 5 1-2 11, Brady Fuller 1 0-1 3, Tra Swayne 7 6-8 20, Sawyer Pendleton 0 0-0 0, Brady Careno 0 2-3 2, Kyden Potts 2 0-1 4, Chris Chandler 5 0-0 12; TOTALS 20 9-15 52; Three-point goals: 3 (Chris Chandler 2, Brady Fuller 1)

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