BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — December 4, 5
Boys Basketball — December 4
Waverly 75, West 44
WEST PORTSMOUTH — In both teams’ season opener on Friday night, the visiting Waverly Tigers captured a 75-44 win over Portsmouth West.
In their first game of their Division II sectional title defense, the Tigers’ pressure defense was key early on — forcing 11 Senator turnovers in the opening quarter to take a 27-8 lead after one.
West only lost the second and third quarters combined 27-24 after its first-quarter struggles, but couldn’t manage to overcome a double-digit deficit in the first game of head coach Caleb McClanahan’s Senator coaching career.
Tiger guard Trey Robertson scored a game-high 24 points — 11 coming in the first half and 13 in the second with three made threes.
For the game, Waverly sunk nine threes — three apiece from Mark Stulley who had 17 points and Robertson, two by Gage Wheeler and another by Wade Futhey.
West junior Jesse Dixon had a team-high 15 points off-the-bench — sinking the Senators’ lone three-point make in the second quarter.
Seniors Rodney Moore and Marion Phillips combined for 17 points — Moore adding nine and Phillips eight, respectively.
West will host Wheelersburg on Friday (Dec. 11) for its second game of the 2020-21 season.
Waverly will continue on the road, visiting South Webster on Tuesday (Dec. 8) in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.
Minford 75, Eastern 52
BEAVER — Behind a 10-made three-pointers performance, the Minford Falcons picked up a season-opening 75-52 road win over Eastern in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.
Four Falcons reached double figures in scoring — with sophomore Adam Crank scoring a game-high 18 points.
Crank knocked down a game-high three-made threes as part of his 18-point outing, while also making 5-of-6 free-throw attempts — just ahead of seniors Elijah Vogelsong-Lewis and Matthew Risner, who had two threes apiece.
Vogelsong-Lewis finished with 14 and Risner 12 as the pair of senior guards combined for 10-made field goals.
Junior Trenton Zimmerman scored 17 points for Minford on seven-made field goals.
The Falcons never scored less than 15 points in any one quarter, nearly doubling up the Eagles 39-20 at the halftime break.
Brennan Slusher and Dillion Maddox each led the Eagles with a team-high 14 points.
Minford outscored Eastern 36-32 in the second half to hold on to the 23-point victory.
The Falcons will travel to Oak Hill on Tuesday (Dec. 8) for another SOC II contest, before hosting South Webster on Friday (Dec. 11) for their home opener.
The Eagles will travel to Northwest on Tuesday (Dec. 8) for their first road game of the 2020-21 season.
New Boston 62, Coal Grove 54
COAL GROVE — With three scorers in double figures, the New Boston Tigers held on to win their season’s first game — a 62-54 road victory over the Coal Grove Hornets.
Senior forward Kyle Sexton led all scorers with a game-high 19 points while grabbing 15 rebounds — 10 on the defensive end and five on the offensive glass.
Sexton also had five of the Tigers’ nine assists.
De’von Jones scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, while also adding three steals on the defensive end.
Junior guard Grady Jackson was 5-of-11 from the field, scoring 14 points and swiping two steals.
Senior Chase Clark added eight points, including six from behind the arc on 2-of-6 three-point shooting.
Clark also grabbed five rebounds and had one block.
New Boston outscored Coal Grove 51-33 in the first, second and fourth quarters combined.
The Hornets won the third 21-11 to make it a one-point contest entering the fourth, but the Tigers edged out the final period 18-11.
With their Tuesday (Dec. 8) contest with Clay postponed to a later date, the Tigers will travel to Green for an SOC I contest with the Bobcats on Friday (Dec. 11).
Valley 57, South Webster 37
Symmes Valley 60, Western 49
Green at Ironton St. Joseph, ppd.
New Boston at East, ppd.
Notre Dame at Clay, ppd.
Northwest at Oak Hill, ppd.
Boys Basketball — December 5
Northwest 49, Huntington 38
ALMA — In the return of coach Rick Scarberry, the Northwest Mohawks claimed a 49-38 road win over the Huntington Huntsmen.
Saturday’s contest was also the Mohawks’ season opener — after having two previously-scheduled games postponed.
Northwest freshman Connor Lintz scored 20 of the Mohawks’ 49 points, 12 of which came on four made threes — a game-high.
Lintz went 4-of-5 from the foul line in the fourth quarter as the Huntsmen attempted a late comeback, winning the fourth 15-11 but still falling by an 11-point margin.
Mohawks senior big man Brycen Carver scored 11 points on five made field goals — with five of those points coming in the fourth quarter.
Junior Austin Newman added eight points for Northwest, six of which came in the first half — when it held a 24-15 lead.
Brian Hertenstein led Huntington with a team-high 15 points, scoring nine in the final period.
Caleb Smith sank three threes for the Huntsmen — one each in the first, third and fourth quarters.
The Mohawks will welcome Eastern to McDermott on Tuesday (Dec. 8) — for their Southern Ohio Conference Division II and home opener.
Green at Rock Hill, ppd.
South Gallia 68, Symmes Valley 58
New Boston 57, Chesapeake 52
NEW BOSTON — Despite being put in a unique Hoosiers-like lineup situation, the New Boston Lady Tigers earned their third win of the young season — a 57-52 decision over the visiting Chesapeake Lady Panthers in non-league play on Saturday.
Lady Tigers sophomore Dylan O’Rourke fouled out of the win in the fourth quarter, prompting them to finish the game with their remaining four players — and playing four-on-five basketball.
New Boston not only won the game by five, it also won the fourth quarter 17-15.
Sophomore Cadence Williams scored 12 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter — on three made field goals and 6-of-7 free-throw shooting.
Williams also grabbed 14 rebounds, second to only Shelby Easter, who had 15 rebounds and a team-high eight assists.
Junior Kenzie Whitley added 17 points to her team’s total by making six field goals, two of which came from behind the arc.
Before fouling out, O’Rourke scored 11 points — seven of which came in the second.
Easter added seven points on two field goals — one each in the first and fourth — as well as 3-of-4 foul shooting.
Chesapeake’s Maddie Ward scored a team-high 16 points in the five-point loss.
The Lady Tigers are back in action on Thursday (Dec. 10) — in an SOC I road contest versus Ironton St. Joe.
Waverly 54, Jackson 35
Coal Grove 41, Oak Hill 39