December 18 — Boys

Valley 70, Eastern 38

LUCASVILLE — The more they played, the better things got for the Valley Indians.

After holding a 29-17 halftime lead over visiting Eastern, the Indians (3-3, 3-1 SOC II) proceeded to outscore their guests 41-21 in the second half — including by a 22-7 margin in the game’s final period.

Bryce Stuart led all scorers with a game-high 23 on nine field goals and 4-of-5 foul shooting.

Freshman Jace Copley wasn’t too far behind, scoring a season-high 17 and sinking half of the Indians’ six made threes.

Sophomore Ty Perkins scored eight of his 14 points during the first half, while fellow sophomore Carter Nickel scored each of his 12 during the fourth quarter.

Cody Metzler and Jacob Greathouse added two points apiece to round out Valley’s scoring efforts.

For Eastern, Dillion Mattox had a team-high 11 points, while Abe McBee added eight and Brennan Slusher scored six.

Valley is slated to travel to West on Tuesday (Dec. 22) for another Southern Ohio Conference Division II contest.

New Boston 68, Wellston 38

WELLSTON — The New Boston Tigers surrendered defensively more than 10 points in a single quarter just once in Friday’s 30-point (68-38) thwarting of the Wellston Golden Rockets.

Three Tigers (4-0) reached double figures in the non-league win, as senior Kyle Sexton posted a game-high 24 points on eight made field goals and 8-of-11 free throws.

Sexton shot 8-of-14 from the field, and grabbed seven rebounds, made five steals and dished out six assists.

As a team, the Tigers’ takeaways were 14 while they assisted on 16 baskets.

Tanner Voiers posted 19 points on nine makes, while De’Von Jones added 10 to New Boston’s total.

Grady Jackson scored seven, Chase Clark five and Levi Bowman three as the Tigers continued their perfect start to the 2020-21 season.

No Golden Rocket reached double figures in the loss, as they were led in scoring by Hunter Smith’s team-high nine.

New Boston was back in action on Saturday (Dec. 19) in non-league play versus Whiteoak — a rematch of last season’s Division IV sectional final.

Ironton St. Joe 55, Clay 25

ROSEMOUNT — In their return to the court for their Southern Ohio Conference Division I AND season opener, the Ironton St. Joe Flyers shut down Clay en route to a 30-point (55-25) road win.

The Panthers (0-5) never managed more than eight points in any quarter of Friday’s loss, while connecting on just one three-point attempt.

Clay senior Shaden Malone and Gavin Cayton each posted a team-high eight, as the pair combined for five made field goals.

Clay Cottle scored five, Kenny Fowler two and Jaden Jessee two to round out the Panthers’ scoring effort.

For the Flyers, J.C. Damron scored a game-high 15 points, just ahead of Jimmy Mahlmeister who had 13.

Western 73, East 22

LATHAM — The East Tartans began their 2020-21 season on Friday night — with a 73-22 road loss to Western in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play.

The Tartans were led in scoring by sophomore Austin Baughman’s team-high eight on three made field goals.

Matt Flannery managed five, Kyle Winston four, Gavin Johnson three and Jaylen Mayhew two to account for all of East’s scoring.

Western had 10 of its 11 players score in the win, led by Colten Montgomery’s game-high 22.

East’s next scheduled game was set for Monday (Dec. 21), when it will host New Boston in its SOC I and home opener.

Wheelersburg 70, Oak Hill 42

Minford 78, Portsmouth West 50

Rock Hill at Portsmouth, ppd. to Dec. 30

Waverly at Oak Hill, ppd.

Northwest at Wheelersburg, ppd. to Jan. 9

Notre Dame at New Boston, ppd. to Dec. 30

Symmes Valley at Green, ppd.

December 19 — Boys

New Boston 74, Whiteoak 55

NEW BOSTON — To cap off a busy week, the New Boston Tigers simply handled the Whiteoak Wildcats — earning a 19-point (74-55) win in Saturday’s non-league contest.

New Boston’s win raises its record to 5-0 following a three-win week, all of which were out-of-conference games.

Saturday’s game between the two feline foes was a rematch of last season’s Division IV sectional final — a three-point win (43-40) for the Tigers at Northwest High School.

New Boston was extremely efficient inside the three-point line, connecting on 24-of-40 two-point tries and shooting 47.5-percent from the field.

On the defensive end, the Tigers held Whiteoak to just 33.9-percent shooting from the field on 62 shot attempts.

Helping lead New Boston to a 40-18 halftime lead and the 19-point win were senior all-Southeast District performers Kyle Sexton and Tanner Voiers.

The duo combined for 50 of the Tigers’ 74 points — each contributing 25 apiece.

Sexton also grabbed 11 rebounds to finish as one of two New Boston seniors to record a double-double, the other being De’Von Jones.

Jones scored 13 points and grabbed 11 boards of his own.

In their passing, the Tigers assisted on 17 of their 28 field goals while committing 17 turnovers.

Three Wildcats reached double figures in the loss — Carson Emery had a team-high 15, Bradley Ashbaugh scored 14 and Nick Bailey tallied 12.

New Boston was back in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play on Monday — with a makeup road trip to East for the Tartans’ home opener.

Green 76, Southern 56

FRANKLIN FURNACE — Green’s pair of Levis was simply too much for the visiting Southern Tornadoes.

Behind sophomore Levi Sampson’s season-high 32 points, and Levi Singleton’s season-high 21 points, the Bobcats handled the Tornadoes by a 20-point (76-56) margin.

Leading 40-21 at halftime, Green (1-4) went on to win the second half 36-35 for the first win of the Scott Blankenship era.

Also scoring in double figures for the Bobcats was senior Ethan Huffman with 17 points, 12 of which came during the second half.

Huffman led all Green players at the free-throw line, shooting 9-of-11 from the stripe while the Bobcats — as a team — made 20 free throws on 26 attempts.

Levi Blevins rounded out Green’s scoring with six points on three made field goals.

Four Tornadoes reached double figures in the loss, as Lincoln Rose scored 10 of his team-high 14 in the second half.

Green is set to travel to Ironton St. Joe on Tuesday (Dec. 22), seeking its first win in Southern Ohio Conference play.

Belpre 67, Clay 35

BELPRE — The Belpre Golden Eagles defeated the Clay Panthers on Saturday in boys non-league action.

Shaden Malone’s team-high 13 points paced the Panthers (0-6), while fellow seniors Clay Cottle added seven and Jaden Jessee scored six.

Evan Balestra scored four, Gavin Cayton three and Kenny Fowler two to round out the Panthers’ scoring in the loss.

Clay didn’t connect on a single three, while Belpre made four long-range attempts and 25 two-point tries.

Connor Baker’s 14 points paced the Golden Eagles, just ahead of Evan Wells who had 13.

Clay travels to New Boston on Tuesday (Dec. 22) for its last scheduled contest before Christmas.

Eastern 51, West Union 40


Northwest 47, Oak Hill 40 (OT)

McDERMOTT — Northwest and Oak Hill seemingly play to a close contest in every one of their meetings over the last two seasons.

Saturday’s Southern Ohio Conference Division II makeup affair was no different.

Heading into the overtime period tied at 40-all, the Lady Mohawks got defensive — shutting out the visiting Lady Oaks 7-0 in the lone overtime to secure a bounce-back win.

Northwest improves to 4-1 with the win, with a 3-1 mark in league play.

Senior Valerie Copas led all scorers with a game-high 16 points — sinking two of the Lady Mohawks’ three made threes for the game.

Kloe Montgomery added 13 points, scoring 11 of those in the fourth quarter and overtime period.

Copas and Montgomery had nine and six rebounds, respectively, while senior Haidyn Wamsley had seven points, six rebounds and two steals.

Junior Ava Jenkins scored 10 and grabbed six boards, as Reagan Lewis scored one point and dished four assists.

Leading the Lady Oaks in scoring was Chloe Chambers, who scored 14 on six makes and 2-of-2 foul shooting.

Northwest’s next game is set for Wednesday (Dec. 23) — with a home non-league contest versus Rock Hill.

Belpre 62, Clay 32

BELPRE — The Belpre Lady Golden Eagles outscored the Clay Lady Panthers 15-2 in the first quarter, en route to their 30-point (62-32) home win in non-league play.

Belpre was led in scoring by Kaitlen Bush, who had a team-high 23 points on eight field goals and two made free throws.

Halee Williams had 18 for the Lady Golden Eagles, while Curstin Giffin added 15.

Megan Bazler scored a team-high eight points for the Lady Panthers.

McKenzie Loper scored seven, Sophia Gatti had six and Maggie Swayne had five.

Katherine Cochran knocked down one of Clay’s four made threes for her three points, as Shaley Munion, Kyleigh Oliver and Tabby Whitt each made one foul shot.

Clay’s (0-8) next game comes on Monday, Dec. 28 when it will host Valley.

Symmes Valley 65, Western 48

Piketon 54, Eastern 51