Staff Report

Portsmouth West senior Luke Howard (3) drives to the basket during the Senators’ 61-38 home win over Valley in boys Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.

Courtesy of Joey Shupert


Boys Basketball

West 61, Valley 38

WEST PORTSMOUTH — Allowing just 16 second-half points, the Portsmouth West Senators upended the Valley Indians by a 23-point (61-38) margin in Tuesday’s Southern Ohio Conference Division II contest.

The win was a bounce back for the Senators (2-3, 2-3 SOC II), which fell at Minford last Friday in the second leg of last week’s doubleheader versus the Falcons.

Junior Jesse Dixon led West with a team-high 14 points on five field goals and a free throw, while senior Tanner Cantrell had 10 on four makes.

Seniors Marion Phillips and Rodney Moore each scored eight, while seniors Luke Howard and Luke Bradford scored six apiece on three field goals.

Senior Andrew Jones added four points, Ryan Sissel scored three and Noah Coleman had two to aid West in its second win.

For Valley, freshman Jace Copley scored a game-high 17 — 14 of which came in the first quarter.

Sophomore Ty Perkins scored six of his seven points in the first half, as no other Indian scored more than three points in the loss.

The Senators are back in action on Saturday (Dec. 26), when they will travel to Ironton St. Joe for a varsity-only non-league contest.

Valley (3-4) will take off the rest of the Christmas week from games — before hosting Clay on Tuesday (Dec. 29) in non-league play.

New Boston 66, Clay 29

NEW BOSTON — Prior to tipoff in Tuesday’s Southern Ohio Conference Division I game, the New Boston Tigers honored their 2020-21 senior class inside the confines of Homer Pellegrinon Gymnasium.

The Tiger seniors accounted for 52 of their team’s 66 points in the 37-point (66-29) win over Clay — improving their record to 7-0 with a 3-0 mark in the SOC I.

New Boston’s defense was on full display in the win, as the Tigers forced 30 Panther turnovers — and held Clay to just nine first-half points.

Kyle Sexton led all scorers with a game-high 20 points, as seniors De’Von Jones and Chase Clark scored 14 and 10 points respectively.

Junior Grady Jackson added 10 of his own, senior Kage Truitt scored six, and Brady Voiers had four.

Tanner Voiers, another senior, played the most minutes of any Tigers with 29 — scoring two points in that time.

Jackson and Sexton led NB with a game-high six steals apiece, while Sexton and Clark each had two blocks.

Clay senior Shaden Malone scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers in both categories.

Freshman Cullen Payne knocked down both of Clay’s three-pointers,as part of his six-point effort.

New Boston is set to travel to South Point on Tuesday (Dec. 29), seeking to continue its unbeaten start.

Clay (0-7) will travel to Valley on Tuesday, seeking its first win of the year.

Notre Dame 83, Manchester 67

MANCHESTER — The Notre Dame Titans put five scorers in double figures in their 16-point (83-67) road win over Manchester in non-league play.

Tuesday’s game for the Titans (2-1) was their first since their Dec. 8 road win over Symmes Valley after a brief program pause.

ND made its move in the second quarter, when it outscored the Greyhounds 25-11.

Every other quarter was decided by two points or less, including the fourth.

Leading Notre Dame in the win was senior Caleb Nichols, who scored a team-high 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Dominic Sparks scored a season-high 17, Carter Campbell had 12, and juniors Jermaine Powell and Jonathan Strickland each scored 11.

Sophomore Dylan Seison scored eight points and senior Jackson Clark had five to round out the Titans’ scoring.

Manchester’s Isaiah Scott had a game-high 22 points to lead the host Greyhounds.

Ironton St. Joe 71, Green 40

IRONTON — Despite leading scorer and sophomore Levi Sampson scoring a team-high 22 points, the Green Bobcats were unable to cut down defending Southern Ohio Conference Division I runner-up Ironton St. Joe — falling by a 31-point (71-40) margin.

The Bobcats scored 19 of their 40 points in the first quarter, when they held a 19-17 lead over the host Flyers.

However, St. Joe went on to outscore Green 54-21 over the game’s final 24 minutes.

Just behind Sampson in Green scoring was Ethan Huffman, who added 13 points.

Flyers guard J.C. Damron scored a game-high 28 points on 13 made field goals, ahead of Jackson Rowe — who scored 18 in the win.

Green (1-5, 0-3 SOC II) will be back in action on Tuesday (Dec. 29) — with a non-league road game versus Coal Grove.

Portsmouth 58, South Point 40

Wheelersburg 42, Minford 34

Girls Basketball

Notre Dame 69, East 15

PORTSMOUTH — In their third and final home game of the 2020 portion of the ‘20-21 basketball season, the Notre Dame Lady Titans defeated the visiting East Lady Tartans in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play.

Senior Ava Hassel and freshman Gracie Ashley led the Lady Titans with a team-high 17 points apiece.

Hassel led all scorers after the first period, scoring 12 of her 17 in the opening frame.

Ashley closed the game strong — scoring 15 of her 17 in the second half of the 54-point win.

Seniors Claire Dettwiller and Isabel Cassidy added 10 and seven points, respectively.

Ella Kirby and Kamryn Bradford each scored five, while Katie Strickland and Katherine Ball each scored four.

Kacie Conley led the Lady Tartans with a team-high six points, ahead of senior Grace Smith who finished with four.

Notre Dame (6-0, 5-0 SOC I) is back in action on Wednesday (Dec. 30) — seeking a road win over New Boston in SOC I play.

The Lady Titans’ remarkable league winning streak is now at 81 games.

East (0-3, 0-3 SOC I) will play its next scheduled game on Tuesday (Dec. 29) — a road trip to South Gallia.

Symmes Valley 56, Rock Hill 31

December 23

Boys Basketball

Minford 58, Oak Hill 39

OAK HILL — The Minford Falcons (4-3, 3-3 SOC II) were dialed in from long range in their 19-point (58-39) road win over Oak Hill in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.

The Falcons connected on eight three-point goals — three apiece from seniors Matthew Risner and Skyler Knore.

Knore led all scorers with a game-high 14 points, connecting on five field goals and one free throw.

Risner and fellow senior Elijah Vogelsong-Lewis scored nine points each, while juniors Levi Coriell and Trenton Zimmerman each scored eight.

Senior Drew Skaggs had four and Devan Parker and Adam Crank scored three points each.

Minford’s defense also played a large role in its near 20-point win over Oak Hill (1-4, 0-3 SOC II).

No Oak scored more than 11 points and, as a team, they broke double figures in just two of the four quarters.

Landon Hines and Aidan Hall led the Oaks in scoring with 11 points apiece.

The Falcons are off from game action for the remainder of the holidays, before traveling to Valley on Tuesday (Jan. 5) and seeking back-to-back wins for the first time this year.

Fairland 70, Portsmouth 42

PROCTORVILLE — Portsmouth played its second game in as many days, and its second game of the season in fact, on Wednesday night at Fairland.

But the visiting Trojans allowed 30 first-quarter points to the Dragons (5-1, 3-0 OVC), and went on to lose 70-42 in an Ohio Valley Conference makeup matchup.

As part of that 30-point opening salvo, the Dragons fired from three-point range —and splashed seven.

The Trojans trailed 30-10 after the first quarter, 43-28 at halftime and 55-38 following three frames.

Amare Johnson’s two baskets were Portsmouth’s only fourth-period points.

Eight different Trojans of the 11 on the roster scored, as Miles Shipp scored nine on four field goals to lead the way.

Johnson and Dariyonne Bryant both scored seven, Donavon Carr collected five, Michael Duncan and Drew Roe recorded four apiece, and Chris Duff and Daewin Spence each scored three.

Five Fairland players placed in double figures, as the Dragons dialed up 11 threes on 28 attempts.

Aiden Porter posted 17 points to lead the defending OVC champions, as Clayton Thomas —on five three-pointers including three in the opening quarter —tacked on 15.

After opening the season on Tuesday night with an OVC victory over South Point, Portsmouth is now 1-1.

Portsmouth plays next on Monday night at Chesapeake — in another OVC makeup contest.

Girls Basketball

Northwest 49, Rock Hill 21

McDERMOTT — In their third game in a week’s time, the Northwest Lady Mohawks had little trouble defeating the visiting Rock Hill Redwomen in girls non-league play.

The Lady Mohawks held a 25-8 halftime lead over the Redwomen, allowing just four points in each of the opening two quarters.

Seniors Valerie Copas and Haidyn Wamsley each scored a game-high 11 points to lead Northwest (5-1) to its third straight decision.

Kloe Montgomery scored eight, Ava Jenkins and Reagan Lewis had six apiece, and Daria Compton scored four for the Lady Mohawks.

Audrey Knittel scored two and Faith Jewett one to round out Northwest’s scoring in the 28-point win.

Rock Hill was led by McKenzie Hanshaw’s team-high six.

Northwest is back playing in a rescheduled Southern Ohio Conference Division II game at Wheelersburg on Monday (Dec. 28) — a rematch of last season’s top two league performers.

South Webster 65, Jackson 64, OT

JACKSON — Led by junior Bri Claxon’s season-high 37-point performance, the South Webster Lady Jeeps returned to action for the first time in two weeks — and knocked off host Jackson by one point (65-64) in overtime.

The Lady Jeeps (3-2) won the overtime period 7-6, after both teams were all square at 58-58 after the game’s first 32 minutes.

Freshman Skylar Zimmerman had 10 points in the win, as senior Liz Shupert scored seven.

Kerith Wright scored all five of her points in the second half, as Faith Maloney had four and Riley Raynard scored two in the narrow victory.

Claxon converted a dozen two-point baskets, canned two of the Lady Jeeps’ three threes, and sank 7-of-11 foul shots.

She scored seven in the opening quarter, had a half-dozen deuces in the second, made another bucket in the third, and added eight fourth-period points.

It was a close contest throughout, as South Webster trailed 10-9 after the first quarter and led 39-37 following the third —as both teams stood tied 23-23 at halftime.

Claxon also made off with five of the Jeeps’ 10 steals and blocked two of the team’s three shots.

Maloney managed a dozen of the Lady Jeeps’ 38 rebounds.

Jackson’s Mattie Walburn led the Ironladies (3-3) in scoring with a game-high 20.

South Webster will look for its third consecutive win of the season on Saturday (Dec. 26) — when it hosts Oak Hill in a rescheduled Southern Ohio Conference Division II game.

Tip time is set for noon.

Symmes Valley 46, Green 45

FRANKLIN FURNACE — The Green Lady Bobcats nearly overcame an 11-point second-half deficit — narrowly falling to the Symmes Valley Lady Vikings by one point (46-45) in regulation.

Green had three scorers in double figures in the loss, led by senior Kame Sweeney’s game-high 19.

Kasey Kimbler and Anna Knapp scored 10 apiece, Kim Brown had five and Charli Blevins scored one to round out Green’s scoring in its second loss (1-2, 1-2 SOC I) of the young season.

The Lady Bobcats’ undoing was their free-throw percentage.

At a 12-of-26 mark, including eight misses in the fourth quarter, Green’s charity-stripe struggles made a rather significant impact on the game’s final outcome.

Lady Vikings freshman Morgan Lyons scored a team-high 14 points for Symmes Valley, while fellow freshman Desiree Simpson had 13.

Green is back playing again on Wednesday (Dec. 30) — in a Southern Ohio Conference Division I makeup game against the host Western Lady Indians.

Manchester 55, New Boston 34

MANCHESTER — The New Boston Lady Tigers took to the court on Wednesday with their first game in two weeks.

Unfortunately, they fell behind early and could never catch up, losing at Manchester 55-34 in a non-league tilt.

The loss, which dropped New Boston to 4-2, snapped the five-person Lady Tigers’ four-game winning streak.

The team endured a stoppage in the season for the past two weeks caused by a quarantine.

Against the host and now 3-2 Greyhounds, the Lady Tigers trailed 18-7 after the opening quarter, 40-12 at halftime and 46-22 following three frames.

Four of the five Lady Tigers tallied in the scorebook, as Cadence Williams — on five field goals and 4-of-8 free throws — was the only player in double figures with a game-high 14.

Dylan O’Rourke —on two baskets and 4-of-5 free throws — added eight points, as Kenzie Whitley on three buckets and senior Shelby Easter on two field goals and 2-of-2 foul shots scored six.

Eight different Greyhounds got in on their scoring, as all eight scored at least four points.

Emily Sweeney, with 11 points on five total field goals, was the only Greyhound to score in double figures.

The Lady Tigers return home, and return to Southern Ohio Conference Division I action, on Wednesday (Dec. 30) against Notre Dame.

Tip time is set for 5 p.m.

Portsmouth West senior Luke Howard (3) drives to the basket during the Senators’ 61-38 home win over Valley in boys Southern Ohio Conference Division II play. West senior Luke Howard (3) drives to the basket during the Senators’ 61-38 home win over Valley in boys Southern Ohio Conference Division II play. Courtesy of Joey Shupert

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