Staff Report


Boys Basketball

Portsmouth 80, Rock Hill 58

PORTSMOUTH — Back on track, and back at home.

In their second Ohio Valley Conference home game of the 2020-21 season, the Portsmouth Trojans handily defeated the Rock Hill Redmen 80-58 on Wednesday night.

The Trojans are now an even 2-2 —both overall and in the OVC.

After holding a 33-24 halftime lead, Portsmouth expanded upon its advantage — outscoring Rock Hill 57-34 in the game’s final two periods.

Every Trojan in the scorebook did in fact score in Wednesday’s rescheduled win, while three Portsmouth players reached double figures.

Dariyonne Bryant scored 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second half, as Miles Shipp and Michael Duncan scored each of their respective 12 and 10-point efforts in the first three periods.

Chris Duff and Amare Johnson each scored eight, Reade Pendleton and Devon Lattimore had six apiece, and Drew Row added five.

Daewin Spence and Donavon Carr each scored four, Tyler Duncan knocked down a lone three, and Dante Hamrick scored two.

Leading the way for the Redmen was Braydon Malone, who had a game-high 20 points on 10 made field goals.

The Trojans are back in action on Saturday (Jan. 2) — when they will travel to face Nelsonville-York in a non-league contest.

Portsmouth West 61, Western 45

LATHAM — By nearly putting four scorers in double figures, the Portsmouth West Senators traveled to Latham and bested the Western Indians by a 16-point margin (61-45) in boys non-league play.

By halftime, the Senators had expanded their lead to 14 at 28-14— doubling up their hosts through the game’s first two stanzas.

Junior Jesse Dixon scored nine of his team-high 13 points in the second half, while senior Luke Howard scored 12 and sophomore Ryan Sissel added 11 to lead West.

Senior Andrew Jones scored six of his eight points in the second half, ahead of seniors Luke Bradford and Rodney Moore — who both had four.

Tanner Cantrell scored three on a made three in the second period, while Marion Phillips, Noah Coleman and Mitchell Irwin each scored two.

Western made 10 threes, but just five two-point tries as West’s defense limited its offensive production.

Kolten Miller led the Indians with a game-high 18 points and five made threes.

The Senators — winners of back-to-back games for the first time this season — have their next scheduled game set for Tuesday (Jan. 5), when they will travel to Eastern in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.

Symmes Valley 65, East 39

SCIOTOVILLE — Behind a 26-6 margin in the opening period, the Symmes Valley Vikings (2-3, 2-2 SOC I) quickly expanded their lead — en route to a 26-point (63-39) road win over the East Tartans in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play.

East (0-4, 0-3 SOC I) received a career-high 14-point effort from Keagon Jackson, ahead of Landehn Pernell, who scored eight on four field goals and Matt Flannery who scored six.

Austin Baughman added four, Jaylon Mayhew three and Kyle Winston and Andrew Pyles scored two apiece to round out the Tartans’ scoring efforts.

Symmes Valley’s Drew Scherer had a game-high 18 points, while Luke Leith scored 12 on five field goals and two made free throws.

East will travel to Clay on Tuesday (Jan. 5) — seeking its first win of the season against the winless Panthers.

New Boston 75, Notre Dame 49

Piketon 76, Trimble 49

Oak Hill at Northwest, ppd.

Girls Basketball

Green 39, Western 32

LATHAM — Spearheaded by stymieing the Western Lady Indians to only five points in each of the opening three quarters on Wednesday, the Green Lady Bobcats captured a key 39-32 Southern Ohio Conference Division I makeup victory.

The Lady Bobcats are now 2-2 —with all four contests coming in league tilts.

While Western outscored visiting Green 17-7 in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats built leads of 9-5 at the first stop, 24-10 at halftime and 32-15 following three frames.

Kasey Kimbler paced the Lady Bobcats and all scorers with 14 points, including a three-point goal and three free throws.

Kame Sweeney scored a dozen, as Kimberly Brown bagged a pair of second-stanza three-pointers.

Anna Knapp notched a pair of first-half buckets for four points, as Charli Blevins buried three free throws.

Kenzie Ferneau finished with nine points to lead all seven Lady Indians which scored.

Green returns to the road, and returns to SOC I action, on Monday at Clay.

Portsmouth West 52, Valley 41

WEST PORTSMOUTH — Back in action for the first time since before the holiday break, the Portsmouth West Lady Senators led by double digits at every stop of their 11-point win (52-41) over Valley in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.

West (6-3, 5-2 SOC II) was paced by Eden Cline and Emma Sayre’s game-high 11 points, which helped the Lady Senators expand their lead to 48-28 through the first three quarters.

Lexi Deaver and Maelynn Howell each scored eight points in the win.

Charlie Jo Howard scored each of her seven points in the first half, as Haley Coleman scored four and Abby Adkins added two.

Ten of Valley’s (2-5, 1-5 SOC II) 11 players scored in the decision, led by Lucie Ashkettle’s eight and Haley Whitt’s seven.

West will host Oak Hill on Monday (Jan. 4), as it seeks to extend its three-game winning streak in SOC II play.

Valley will host Waverly on Monday, seeking its second league win.

Oak Hill 45, Minford 44 (2 OT)

OAK HILL — For the second time in their last three games, and actually for the third in their past five, the Oak Hill Lady Oaks worked overtime in Southern Ohio Conference Division II competition.

On Wednesday, in a league makeup matchup against visiting Minford, the Lady Oaks earned another double-overtime triumph —this time a 45-44 outcome.

On Saturday, Oak Hill prevailed in 67-63 two-overtime epic at South Webster.

The Lady Oaks improved to 5-3 and 4-2 in the SOC II with Wednesday’s win, while the Lady Falcons fell to 1-5 and 1-3 in the league with the loss.

Livi Shonkwiler paced the Lady Falcons with 19 points, including the club’s only three-point goal in the third quarter.

Fellow senior Micah Thacker and freshman Kynedi Davis each scored six points.

Oak Hill had a game-high 21 points from Chloe Chambers, as Olivia Clarkson chipped in 16.

Minford returns home, and returns to SOC II action, on Saturday night against South Webster.

Tip time for the reserve game is set for 6 p.m.

Waverly 65, Zane Trace 43

WAVERLY — It’s been quite the smooth calendar change from 2020 to 2021 for the Waverly Lady Tigers.

Fresh off its fourth consecutive Pike County Holiday Tournament championship, Waverly won Wednesday’s matinee non-league home game against Zane Trace by a count of 65-43.

With the win, the Lady Tigers take their record to 6-2 —and return to Southern Ohio Conference Division II competition on Monday at Valley.

Against the Lady Pioneers, the Tigers roared out to a 41-19 halftime advantage — after leading 21-6 following the opening quarter.

Waverly staked a 55-28 cushion following the third quarter, as it scored at least 10 points in every canto.

Zoiee Smith —on seven total field goals including a first-quarter three-pointer and a third-frame old-fashioned three-point play —scored a game-high 16 points to pace the winners.

Smith also dished out a hefty 15 assists.

Delaney Tackett tallied the Tigers’ other four three-pointers en route to 14 points, as Kelli Stewart scored a dozen points on six baskets and grabbed six rebounds.

Paige Carter added nine points on three field goals and 3-of-4 foul shots, and nearly notched a double-double as she had 10 boards.

Ava Little with six points and four rebounds and Sarah Thompson with four points and seven rebounds also contributed to the Tigers’ triumph.

Lauren Lane led the Lady Pioneers with 15 points — on four deuces, Zane Trace’s two treys, and a second-stanza old-fashioned three-play.

Emily Allen added eight points on four baskets for the next-highest Zane Trace tally.

Notre Dame 67, Northwest 43

Vinton County 63, Wheelersburg 45

Staff Report

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