BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — December 21
Wheelersburg 79, Eastern 34
WHEELERSBURG — A couple of weeks off apparently didn’t impact the Wheelersburg Lady Pirates.
That’s because the Lady Pirates, playing their first game in precisely two weeks, posted 55 first-half points en route to an easy 79-34 victory over visiting Eastern on Monday night.
The defending Southern Ohio Conference Division II champions are now 4-0 —both overall and in the league.
They are also the only SOC II team still without a league loss.
The Eagles, on the other hand, are the only SOC II club without a win —as Eastern is now 0-6, and 0-5 in the division.
The Lady Pirates won the opening two quarters on Monday —by counts of 26-6 in the opener and 29-5 in the second stanza.
A dozen different Lady Pirates punched the scoring column, including Kaylee Darnell with a game-high 20 — a dozen of which were in the first period.
Alaina Keeney chipped in 15 and Madison Whittaker 12, as Lexie Rucker registered seven for the next highest Wheelersburg total.
Eastern was paced by a pair of 12-point scorers —Abby Cochenour and Andee Lester.
Wheelersburg will return home, and return to SOC II play, on Monday (Dec. 28) against Northwest —one of the remaining one-loss league squads.
Northwest (3-1 SOC II), with only a non-league encounter against Rock Hill (Wednesday, Dec. 23) remaining before Monday, will enter that game against the Lady Pirates with just one league defeat.
Oak Hill 44, Valley 24
OAK HILL — The Oak Hill Lady Oaks got a bounce-back Southern Ohio Conference Division II victory against visiting Valley on Monday.
The Lady Oaks suffered their first league loss on Saturday in overtime at Northwest, but had no trouble with the young and learning Lady Indians.
Oak Hill led 13-1 after the opening quarter, 24-7 at halftime and 35-14 following three frames before the 44-24 final.
The Lady Oaks improved to 2-3, and are 1-2 in the SOC II.
The Indians fell to 1-4 both ways.
Valley made eight two-point goals and shot 8-of-20 from the free-throw line for its 24 points.
Three Lady Indians —Lucie Ashkettle, McKenna Dunham and Lexie Morrow — all scored six.
Olivia Clarkson —on three twos, two threes and 5-of-8 free throws — paced the Lady Oaks with 17 points.
Chloe Chambers chipped in nine points on three baskets and 3-of-5 free throws, while Brooke Howard had seven on three buckets and 4-of-7 foul shots.
Baylee Howell hit a deuce and a trey for the Lady Oaks, which travel to South Webster on Saturday for a SOC II makeup matchup.
Tip time is set for noon.
Valley returns to the road, and steps out of conference action, on Monday (Dec. 28) at Clay.
Chesapeake 55, Portsmouth 28
CHESAPEAKE — The Portsmouth Lady Trojans lost at Chesapeake by a count of 55-28 on Monday night in Ohio Valley Conference competition.
The Lady Trojans fell to 1-2, and are now 0-2 in the OVC.
Portsmouth scored five points apiece in the opening two quarters, then tacked on 10 in the third.
Chesapeake led 16-5 after the first stop, 32-10 at halftime and doubled up the Lady Trojans 40-20 following three.
For Portsmouth, two players scored — and the Trojans did not attempt a single free throw.
Nia Trinidad had 18 points for Portsmouth, including four three-point goals.
Its only other scorer was Emily Cheatham, who had 10 points on five two-pointers.
The host Lady Panthers had two players in double figures, as Blake Anderson amounted 26 points on five twos, four threes and 4-of-7 free throws.
Robin Isaacs added a dozen — on the team’s two other triples and three deuces.
Portsmouth plays next, and returns to OVC action, on Monday Jan. 4 at Coal Grove.
Jackson 42, Minford 34
JACKSON — The Minford Lady Falcons fell in a close 42-34 non-league contest at Jackson on Monday night.
The Lady Falcons trailed throughout at the end of each quarter — 9-8 after one, 20-17 at halftime and 31-26 following three.
Minford, which is now 1-3, scored at least eight points in every canto — although the host Ironladies countered with three quarters of 11 points.
Livi Shonkwiler — on three twos, two threes and two made free throws —scored a team-high 14 points for the Lady Falcons.
Micah Thacker tallied three field goals for six points, as three others — Bella Reffit, Kynedi Davis and Ally Coriell — scored four.
The Lady Falcons finished with a dozen field goals including three trifectas, but shot just 7-of-17 at the line.
They shot just 23-percent from the field on 12-of-53, and turned the ball over 19 times despite forcing 17 turnovers themselves.
Shonkwiler made off with eight of Minford’s 11 steals, as Coriell pulled down 10 of its 44 rebounds and dished out four of its six assists.
Jackson did not make any threes, but managed 13 field goals and 16-of-25 free throws.
The Ironladies, which improved to 3-2, ended up with five players scoring —including T.J. Carpenter with 12 and Mattie Walburn with 10.
Minford returns to the road, and returns to non-league action, next Monday (Dec. 28) at Southeastern.
Coal Grove 73, Symmes Valley 35
New Boston 90, East 17
SCIOTOVILLE — The New Boston Tigers’ torching of the Southern Ohio Conference Division I continued on Monday night.
That’s because, in both of their SOC I tilts this season, they have now scored at least 90 points —thanks to their 90-17 win over the host East Tartans.
The contest, a makeup matchup, was New Boston’s third game in four nights —as the Tigers are now 6-0 and 2-0 in the SOC I.
New Boston swept the SOC I last season en route to winning its first league championship since the 1996-97 campaign.
The Tigers also scored 102 points in their league-opening win over Green this year.
The young Tartans, with just one senior, fell to 0-2 both ways.
A half-dozen Tigers reached the scoring column, as Kyle Sexton scored 24 points on eight field goals and 8-of-11 free throws.
Tanner Voiers tossed in 19 points on nine total field goals, as Grady Jackson scored seven and Chase Clark had five.
De’Von Jones added 10 points, as both Jones and Sexton secured 10 rebounds for double-doubles.
New Boston grabbed 46 rebounds, shot 27-of-46 from two-point range, and recorded 24 assists while collecting 23 steals.
The Tigers also blocked six shots and turned the ball over only six times.
Voiers, Jones, Jackson and Clark all made a three-point goal.
Levi Justice paced the Tartans with seven points, as six East players scored.
New Boston was back in SOC I action on Tuesday night with a regularly-scheduled date with Clay, while East next plays next Tuesday (Dec. 29) at non-league South Gallia.