BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — December 15
Wheelersburg 89, Oak Hill 39
WHEELERSBURG — Wheelersburg’s (3-0, 3-0 SOC II) all-around effort helped aid the Pirates to a 50-point (89-39) win over Oak Hill — their largest margin of victory against a Southern Ohio Conference Division II opponent this season.
Four Pirates reached double figures in scoring, led by senior J.J. Truitt’s game-high 17.
Eli Swords finished a perfect 7-of-7 from the field, adding 16 of his own to Wheelersburg’s total.
Swords and Truitt combined for each of the Pirates’ four three-point makes on four attempts.
Matthew Miller added 11 and Cooper McKenzie scored 10, as the Pirates shot an impressive 37-of-63 from the field.
Defensively, Wheelersburg held Oak Hill (1-2, 0-1 SOC II) to just 12 first-half points and 22 points through the first three quarters.
The Pirates forced 23 Oaks’ turnovers, and won the rebounding margin 34-26.
Landon Hines led all Oaks’ scorers with 10 points on four made field goals.
With Wheelersburg’s updated and revised schedule, these same two teams play again on Friday night in Oak Hill.
Eastern 39, South Webster 34
BEAVER — Scoring came at a premium in this Southern Ohio Conference Division II contest on Tuesday, the edge going to host Eastern in a five-point (39-34) decision.
For the game, South Webster connected on just 14 field goals and one three-point make — a first-quarter connection by Will Collins, who led the Jeeps with 13 points.
Junior guard Trae Zimmerman had 10 points for South Webster on three field goals and 4-of-4 foul shooting.
Eastern’s Chase Carter led all scorers with a game-high 17 points, and was the only Eagle to reach double figures.
Carter scored 13 of his 17 in the second half — when Eastern out-scored the Jeeps 25-16.
South Webster’s (3-3, 1-3 SOC II) next scheduled contest is on Saturday, Dec. 29 in a home matchup versus Belpre.
Western 74, Green 61
FRANKLIN FURNACE — Behind a strong fourth-quarter performance, the visiting Western Indians upended the Green Bobcats by a 13-point (74-61) margin in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play.
The Bobcats (0-4, 0-2 SOC I) trailed the Indians by a 48-44 margin after three quarters, before their guests exploded for a 26-point fourth quarter to secure the SOC I win.
Western’s late offensive onslaught was primed by Kolten Miller, scoring 11 of his team-high 23 points in the fourth, while Indian teammate Colton Montgomery had 10 of his 15 in the second half of play.
For the game, Western connected on 24 field goals, nine of which were from the three-point line.
Green was led in scoring by Levi Sampson’s game-high 26, as the sophomore scored 17 of those in the second half.
Ethan Huffman added 12 and Levi Singleton scored 11 to round out the Bobcats’ double-figure scoring efforts.
The Bobcats made 14-of-20 free throws in Tuesday’s contest, while the Indians were 17-of-26.
Green’s next scheduled contest is a home game versus Southern on Saturday (Dec. 19) — with tipoff set for 6 p.m.
New Boston 70, West Union 37
Adena 63, Valley 44
Minford at Waverly, ppd.
West at Northwest, ppd. to Jan. 6
Clay at Symmes Valley, ppd. to Jan. 9
New Boston at Ironton St. Joe, ppd. to Jan. 30
East at Notre Dame, ppd. to Jan. 22
Portsmouth at Fairland, ppd. Jan. 5