BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — December 26
West 45, Ironton St. Joe 40
IRONTON — In post-Christmas non-league action, the Portsmouth West Senators (3-3) earned a five-point road win (45-40) over the Ironton St. Joe Flyers.
The win gives first-year coach Caleb McClanahan’s Senators their first back-to-back winning streak of the season — after Tuesday’s home Southern Ohio Conference Division II win over Valley.
Trailing 29-18 at halftime, West outscored the host Flyers 27-12 in the second half to earn their first road win of the season.
St Joe’s Jackson Rowe led all scorers with a game-high 13 points, all of which came during the first half.
Limiting Rowe and the other Flyers’ production on the offensive end is ultimately what turned the tide in Saturday’s win.
Seven Senators broke into the scoring column in the five-point decision, led by senior Luke Howard’s team-high 11.
Howard was the lone Senator to break double figures in scoring, as he knocked down each of West’s three three-pointers.
Junior Noah Coleman had nine points, Ryan Sissel and Marion Phillips each scored seven, and Andrew Jones scored six.
Rodney Moore added three points for West, while Luke Bradford had two.
Just before the New Year, the Senators will attempt their fourth win of the early season on Wednesday (Dec. 30) — when they will travel to face the Western Indians in non-league play.
Oak Hill 67, South Webster 63, 2OT
Pike County Holiday Tournament
Waverly 58, Western 41
BEAVER — As part of the annual Pike County Holiday Tournament, the Waverly Lady Tigers defeated the Western Lady Indians in a Saturday “semifinal” at Eastern High School.
The now 4-2 Lady Tigers took a 10-6 lead after the first quarter, a 21-18 advantage at halftime, and a 41-29 cushion following three periods before the 58-41 final.
Zoiee Smith, on nine total field goals and 3-of-3 free throws, poured in a game-high 22 points to pace the Lady Tigers.
Smith also made off with seven steals and dished out five assists.
Paige Carter chipped in 13 points on five field goals and 3-of-4 free throws, while Kelli Stewart scored 11 on three baskets and 5-of-8 foul shots.
Carter collected a double-double with 10 rebounds, while Stewart secured five rebounds and recorded three assists.
Delaney Tackett, with two of the Tigers’ three three-pointers as Smith swished the other, tallied eight points.
Alicia Francis paced the Lady Indians with 17 points on six total field goals, including two trifectas, and 3-of-5 free throws.
Waverly was set to play Piketon — a 48-45 winner over Eastern in the other contest —in Monday night’s championship game.
Piketon 48, Eastern 45