BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — December 11, 12
Boys Basketball — December 11
Valley 56, Northwest 37
LUCASVILLE — Thanks to a balanced scoring effort and a defensive first half, the Valley Indians earned a 19-point (56-37) bounce-back win over the visiting Northwest Mohawks.
Four Indians scored in double figures in Valley’s second home win in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play this season, led by sophomore George Arnett’s team-high 12 on six field goals.
Bryce Stuart added 11 points on three field goals and 4-of-6 foul shooting, while Colt Buckle and Jace Copley each scored 10 apiece.
Stuart made Valley’s lone three-point make, as eight Indians in total scored in Friday’s win.
Valley held Northwest to just eight first-half points on four first-half field goals from four different players.
For the Mohawks, senior Brycen Carver had a team-high 12 points, followed by freshman Connor Lintz’s 11.
Lintz and Dakota Secrest each sank two three-point goals —as part of Northwest’s 29-point second half.
Secrest and freshman Jay Jenkins each scored six points apiece in the loss.
After suffering its first defeat, Northwest (2-1, 1-1 SOC II) will host West on Tuesday night (Dec. 15) — as the Senators seek their first win this year.
Valley (2-2, 2-1 SOC II) will welcome Adena on Tuesday, seeking its first non-league win of the young season.
Wheelersburg 69, Portsmouth West 42
WEST PORTSMOUTH — Thanks to a 43-point second-half performance, the Wheelersburg Pirates coasted to a 69-42 road win over Portsmouth West.
The Senators actually led through the first eight minutes of the game — holding a 15-7 lead over the Pirates after one period.
However, Wheelersburg went on to outscore its hosts 62-27 over the final three periods — including 43-21 in the second half.
Pirates junior Eli Swords had a game-high 20 points — 13 of which came in the third quarter on five field goals and a single free throw.
Senior Matthew Miller scored all but two of the Pirates’ second-quarter field goals, totaling his own 13-point quarter as part of his 17-point outing.
Senior J.J. Truitt added eight points in Wheelersburg’s winning effort, as each of the other seven Pirates who played and scored combined for their other 32 points.
West was led in scoring by seniors Luke Howard who had 13 and Rodney Moore who had eight.
The Pirates held the Senators without a three-point make, as West connected on 18 two-point field goals and a 6-of-15 mark from the foul line.
The win over West was Wheelersburg coach Steven Ater’s 200th career win at the varsity level — and comes during his eighth season as the Pirates’ head coach.
The Pirates (2-0, 2-0 SOC II) will host Oak Hill on Tuesday (Dec. 15) — seeking career win No. 201 for Ater.
West (0-2, 0-2 SOC II) will travel to Northwest on Tuesday — seeking its first win of the season.
Western 70, Clay 22
ROSEMOUNT — Without leading scorer Shaden Malone, the Clay Panthers fell in defeat to the Western Indians by a 48-point (70-22) margin.
Western was led in scoring by Noah Whitt’s game-high 26 and Colton Montgomery’s 22.
The pair combined for 20 of Western’s 29 made field goals, all but one of which came in the first half.
Clay’s Jaden Jessee had a team-high nine points for the Panthers.
Gavin Cayton and Cullen Payne each made one three.
Clay was scheduled to host South Gallia on Saturday night (Dec. 12) in non-league play.
South Webster 53, Minford 47
New Boston 102, Green 75
Piketon 47, Westfall 30
Eastern at Oak Hill, ppd.
Notre Dame at Ironton St. Joe, ppd.
Symmes Valley at East, ppd. to Dec. 30
Portsmouth at Chesapeake, ppd. to Dec. 28
Basketball — December 12
Minford 48, Whiteoak 46 (at Shawnee State)
PORTSMOUTH — As the lone game in the 2020 Buckeye Elite Showcase, the Minford Falcons won a nail-biter — securing a two-point (48-46) win over the Whiteoak Wildcats for their first non-league win of the year.
The Falcons (2-1) were led by 15-point outings from junior Trenton Zimmerman and senior Matthew Risner.
Risner helped Minford secure the win down the stretch — by going a perfect 4-for-4 from the foul line in the game’s final period, as well as sinking one of his two made threes during the fourth.
Zimmerman scored 11 of his 15 during the first half, as the Falcons held a 23-21 halftime lead over the Wildcats.
Skyler Knore added eight points for Minford, each of which came during the second half — as senior Drew Skaggs scored six and Elijah Vogelsong-Lewis had four.
Whiteoak was led in scoring by Brad Ashbaugh, who had a game-high 16, including making two of the Wildcats’ four threes.
The Falcons will travel to Waverly on Tuesday (Dec. 15) — to face the defending SOC II runner-up Tigers in league play.
Rock Hill 71, Green 55
PEDRO — The Rock Hill Redmen picked up a 16-point (71-55) non-league home win over Green — thanks to a strong second-half performance in which they outscored the Bobcats 39-17.
Green (0-3) led Rock Hill 38-32 at halftime, but was unable to muster the same offensive production in the second half that benefited it so well during the first.
Senior Ethan Huffman and sophomore Levi Sampson each scored a team-high 17 points for the Bobcats in the loss, combining for 13 field goals and a 7-of-8 free-throw shooting mark.
Wiley Sanders had eight for Green — scoring one two-point try in each of the four quarters.
Levi Singleton had five, while Dawson Damron and Levi Blevins each scored four apiece for the Bobcats.
The Redmen put four scorers in double figures, led by Brayden Adams’ game-high 19.
Owen Hankins scored 18 — 14 of which came in the first half to keep Rock Hill in the game — while Braydon Malone scored 16.
Jacob Schwab scored 12 on six field goals — 10 coming in the game’s final 16 minutes.
Green will travel to Western on Tuesday (Dec. 15) — seeking its first win in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play.
South Gallia 73, Clay 21
Peebles 59, Western 50
Waverly 62, Miami Trace 35
Fairland at Notre Dame, ppd.
New Boston at Minford, ppd.
South Webster at Trimble, ppd.
West at Gallia Academy, ppd.
North Adams at Oak Hill, ppd.
South Gallia 67, Symmes Valley 54