BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — December 29
Valley 66, Clay 36
LUCASVILLE — The Valley Indians turned the Clay Panthers over 26 times, and outscored the visiting Panthers by a 43-16 count in the middle two quarters, en route to a 66-36 runaway win on Tuesday night in non-league play.
Both the Indians and Clay have played eight games now —as Valley is an even 5-5 with the young Panthers remaining winless at 0-8.
Valley led 15-10 following the opening period, then the Indians tripled up Clay 24-8 in the second stanza to lead 39-18 at halftime.
The Indians then outscored Clay in the third frame, 19-8, for a 58-26 advantage.
Valley made 19 steals off those 26 Panther turnovers, assisted each other on 12 of their 27 total field goals, and shot 45-percent from the field on 60 total attempts.
They only made 5-of-25 from three-point range, but outrebounded Clay 29-18 in addition to the defensive effort.
Of the 13 Indians appearing in the scorebook, all but one played and all but three scored.
Jace Copley, on eight total field goals including an old-fashioned three-point play in the second stanza and a pair of first-half three-pointers, pumped in 19 points to pace the winners.
Bryce Stuart scored 14 points on four field goals and 5-of-6 foul shots, as George Arnett added four field goals for nine points.
Both made a three-pointer, as did Dylan Ellis in the third quarter.
Jacob Greathouse, Colt Buckle and Ty Perkins posted three baskets apiece, as Greathouse had all seven of his points in the opening period.
Cody Metzler made a second-stanza field goal to round out the Indians’ scoring.
Clay’s Clay Cottle, on eight field goals including the club’s only three-pointer plus 5-of-7 free throws, poured in a game-high 22 points to pace the Panthers.
Shaden Malone made four baskets and an old-fashioned three-point play towards nine points, as Jaden Jessee scored two baskets for four.
Gavin Cayton connected on a free throw for Clay’s only other marker.
Both teams are off until Tuesday, Jan. 5 —when they return to Southern Ohio Conference competition.
Valley hosts Minford in the SOC II while Clay does the same against East in the SOC I.
South Webster 63, Belpre 44
SOUTH WEBSTER — Spearheaded by scoring almost half of their points in the second quarter, the host South Webster Jeeps went on to capture a 63-44 non-league victory over Belpre on Tuesday night.
The Jeeps, which raised their record to 4-3, were playing their first game in two full weeks following a coronavirus quarantine.
However, they didn’t appear to show any rust.
South Webster led 19-14 following the opening quarter, then erupted for 30 second-period points compared to only eight for the Golden Eagles.
As the Jeeps drilled seven three-point goals, they splashed six in the second stanza alone —including three by Trae Zimmerman and one apiece by Connor Bender, Brady Blizzard and Jaren Lower.
Bender bagged one in the first frame as well.
With a 49-22 halftime advantage, South Webster went up 61-31 following the third quarter —as Lower landed a pair of free throws for the Jeeps’ only fourth-period points.
Zimmerman — with six deuces, three treys and a pair of second-stanza free throws — poured in 23 points to pace the winners.
Bender, Blizzard, Lower and Cam Carpenter collected nine points apiece, as Will Collins chipped in two first-quarter baskets for four.
Connor Baker — on five twos and all three of the Golden Eagles’ triples, led Belpre with 19 points.
The Jeeps will return home, and return to Southern Ohio Conference Division II action, on Saturday with a makeup matchup against Northwest.
Tip time for the reserve game is set for 1 p.m.
Wheelersburg 71, Huntington 32
ALMA — For the first time all season, the defending Southern Ohio Conference Division II champion Wheelersburg Pirates stepped out of conference competition on Tuesday night.
Their non-league tilt at Huntington was a late addition on the schedule, but the Pirates had no trouble with the rebuilding Huntsmen —winning comfortably 71-32 and remaining perfect at 6-0.
The Pirates scored at least 14 points in every period, including 19 in the first 20 in the second and finally 18 in the third.
Wheelersburg built leads of 19-8 after the opening quarter, 39-12 at halftime and 57-19 following three frames.
All of the Pirates on the roster played, and all but three scored.
Matthew Miller, with 10 total field goals and 3-of-4 free throws, amounted 25 points to pace the winners and all scorers.
Eli Swords scored two deuces and two treys towards 10 points, as Miller made two threes while J.J. Truitt —who scored seven points —tacked on the other.
Jonah Lawson, on two baskets and 4-of-5 free throws, added eight points — while Carter McCorkle, on two baskets and a freebies, managed five.
Gage Adkins and Caleb Arthur added four points apiece, while Aaron Jolly, Kaden Johnson, Cooper McKenzie and Kenny Sanderlin each scored one basket.
The Pirates return to the road, and return to SOC II action as the league leaders at 5-0, when they travel to Waverly on Tuesday for a key early-season affair.
Waverly was the runner-up to Wheelersburg in the division last season.
Whiteoak 58, Northwest 54
MOWRYSTOWN — In a close contest throughout, the visiting Northwest Mohawks gave up a pair of 16-point quarters in the middle two periods —and couldn’t complete the non-league comeback against the Whiteoak Wildcats on Tuesday night.
Despite rallying and outscoring Whiteoak 21-17 in the final canto, the Mohawks fell 58-54 — in their first game returned from a coronavirus quarantine.
Northwest is now 2-2.
The Mohawks held a 10-9 edge after one quarter, but were outscored 16-11 and 16-12 in the next two periods to fall behind 41-33.
Connor Lintz, on six total field goals including a three-ball and 3-of-4 free throws, led the Mohawks with 16 points.
Fellow freshman Jay Jenkins, on five field goals including four threes, joined Lintz in double figures with 14.
Dakota Secrest sank three three-pointers for nine points, while Landen Smith scored seven on two twos and a trifecta.
Brayden Campbell on three baskets for six points, and Brycen Carver with a first-quarter bucket, rounded out the Northwest scoring.
Northwest notched nine triples and a dozen deuces, but only shot 3-of-4 free throws compared to 21 with 16 makes for the Wildcats.
Whiteoak’s Brad Ashbaugh, on five threes and three twos, amassed 21 points to pace all scorers.
Landon Barnett, with Whiteoak’s other three along with four twos and 8-of-10 foul shots, boasted 19 points.
Luken Roades added eight points with 4-of-6 free throws, as Carson Emery scored six with 4-of-5 at the line.
The Mohawks, which returned home to host Oak Hill on Wednesday night in an SOC II makeup matchup, travels to South Webster on Saturday for another SOC II makeup affair.
Tip time for the reserve game is set for 1 p.m.
South Point 65, New Boston 44
SOUTH POINT —The New Boston Tigers suffered their first loss of the season on Tuesday night, falling at South Point by a count of 65-44.
The Tigers are now 7-1, while South Point —playing just its second game after losing at Portsmouth the week before —is 1-1.
South Point still played without its top player Austin Webb, but led the Tigers 17-7 after the first quarter, 30-11 at halftime and 44-33 following three frames.
Nakyan Turner turned up the heat for the Pointers, pouring in 27 points as Mason Kazee netted 19.
Kyle Sexton scored 13 points to pace the Tigers, while fellow senior De’Von Jones added 11 —including a three-point goal.
Chase Clark, on four field goals including the Tigers’ other three-ball, chipped in nine points —while Grady Jackson scored seven.
Kage Truitt with a fourth-quarter field goal, and Luke Henson with two fourth-quarter free throws, rounded out the New Boston scoring.
The Tigers returned home, and returned to SOC I action, on Wednesday night with an important league duel with Notre Dame.
Coal Grove 83, Green 61
COAL GROVE — The Coal Grove Hornets stung the visiting Green Bobcats for 22 points in each of the opening three periods on Tuesday night, as the Bobcats went on to lose 83-61 in a non-league bout.
The Bobcats — before their 29-point outburst in the final period — trailed 22-7 after one quarter, 44-20 at halftime and a doubled up 66-32 following three frames.
The loss left the Bobcats with a 1-6 mark, while Coal Grove got even to 2-2.
Levi Sampson poured in a game-high 25 points to lead Green —notching nine field goals and 7-of-15 free throws.
Ethan Huffman, on six baskets and 7-of-8 freebies, netted 19 points —while Levi Blevins bucketed eight.
Blevins and Levi Singleton swished a three-pointer apiece, as Wiley Sanders scored two baskets for the Bobcats.
Tait Matney (22 points) and Malachi Wheeler (17 points) scored seven field goals apiece for the Hornets, as Matney made 8-of-9 free throws and Wheeler wounded up with three of Coal Grove’s five threes.
The Hornets also hit 14-of-17 free throws.
Green returns to the road, and returns to SOC I action, on Tuesday night at Notre Dame.
South Gallia 69, East 19
MERCERVILLE — The young East Tartans fell by 50 points (69-19) in a non-league encounter at South Gallia on Tuesday night.
The host Rebels are now 4-1, while East remains winless at 0-3.
South Gallia never trailed, as the Tartans tied the game at 2-2 with only 32 seconds gone by —but got no closer.
Six Tartans scored, as Landehn Pernell and Jaylen Mayhew had two baskets apiece for four points.
Levi Justice, Austin Baughman and Matt Flannery finished with three points apiece, including a three-pointer each by Baughman and Justice.
The Tartans returned home, and returned to SOC I action, on Wednesday night with a makeup matchup against Symmes Valley.
Piketon 57, Western 47
New Hope Christian 51, Eastern 44
River Valley 66, Oak Hill 44
Ironton St. Joe 53, Rock Hill 26
South Webster 72, Belpre 56
SOUTH WEBSTER — By outscoring the Belpre Golden Eagles 43-26 in the second half, the South Webster Lady Jeeps jump-started themselves on Tuesday afternoon — and pulled away for a 72-56 non-league matinee victory.
The two teams tied 12-12 at the first stop, as Belpre staked a slim 30-29 halftime edge.
But with Skylar Zimmerman scoring nine of her 13 points in the third period, and Faith Maloney adding six, the Jeeps erupted for 22 third-period points to lead 51-42.
Maloney then made seven fourth-quarter baskets, Bri Claxon chipped in five points, and Zimmerman meshed her final two free throws for a 21-point period.
Maloney erupted for a team-high 23 points on 10 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws, tallying 20 points in the second half.
Claxon scored 17 on eight buckets and a split of fourth-quarter free throws, while sister Bella Claxon finished with 15 on three twos and all three of the Lady Jeeps’ three-balls.
Zimmerman, with three deuces and 7-of-9 foul shots, made it four players in double figures with 13.
Liz Shupert, South Webster’s sole senior, scored two second-stanza baskets for four points.
Kaitlen Bush, on nine field goals including six of Belpre’s nine threes, boasted a game-high 25 points.
Halee Williams with 15 points, on five field goals and 5-of-7 free throws, was the next highest Lady Golden Eagle.
South Webster raised its record to above .500 at 4-3, while Belpre fell to an even 5-5.
The Lady Jeeps return to the road, and return to Southern Ohio Conference Division II action, on Saturday night at Minford.
Tipoff time for the varsity tilt is set for 6 p.m.
South Gallia 58, East 17
MERCERVILLE —The East Lady Tartans lost at South Gallia on Tuesday evening in a non-league game.
They scored just 17 points, paced by junior Mia Caldwell, who had three two-point baskets and one three-point goal for nine points.
Grace Smith scored two twos in the fourth quarter, as Savannah Dingess in the third period and Peyton Johnson in the fourth frame also had baskets for East.
The loss left the Lady Tartans at 0-4, as East is back in action on Monday with an SOC I home date against Ironton St. Joe.
Tip time is set for 6 p.m.