BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — January 5
Portsmouth West 49, Eastern 39
BEAVER — By outpacing host Eastern by 10 points in the final three quarters, the Portsmouth West Senators earned their fourth straight win — 49-39 — to improve to 5-3 (3-3 SOC II).
After a scoreless first, Senator senior Luke Howard scored a game-high 14 points in the final 24 minutes of the contest.
Howard had three made field goals and went 6-of-8 from the free-throw line in the win.
Senior Andrew Jones scored eight points on four two-point tries, while Rodney Moore had seven — each coming in the first half.
Steven Saddler scored five with one made three, Marion Phillips and Ryan Sissel each scored four, and Noah Coleman had one off a lone free-throw make.
Brennan Slusher led the Eagles with a team-high 12 points, connecting on four of Eastern’s five made threes.
West was back in action on Wednesday night — in another Southern Ohio Conference Division II game versus Northwest.
Minford 53, Valley 52
LUCASVILLE — Although Valley nearly overcame a 15-point second-half deficit, it was Minford which ultimately held onto that lead — earning a one-point (53-52) road win in Lucasville in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.
Falcons senior Elijah Vogelsong-Lewis scored a game-high 23 points on seven field goals and 5-of-5 foul shooting.
Junior forward Trenton Zimmerman was just behind, scoring 18 points on seven field goals and three free throws.
Matthew Risner added nine in Minford’s winning effort, while Adam Crank and Drew Skaggs combined for three on three FTs.
George Arnett led the Indians with a team-high 16 — one of two Valley players in double figures alongside fellow sophomore Ty Perkins.
Perkins scored 11 on four field goals and three made free throws.
Another sophomore, Carter Nickel, scored nine on three made threes.
Dylan Ellis and Jacob Greathouse each added six for Valley, while Bryce Stuart scored four.
Minford (5-3, 4-3 SOC II) is back in action on Tuesday (Jan. 12) — with another SOC II road trip to Northwest.
Valley (4-5, 3-3 SOC II) will host Waverly on Tuesday in another SOC II contest.
New Boston 62, Western 42
NEW BOSTON — The New Boston Tigers picked up yet another Southern Ohio Conference Division I win on Tuesday — a 20-point victory (62-42) over visiting Western.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 9-1 — with a 5-0 league record — and now have a one-game lead in SOC I play.
Senior Kyle Sexton led New Boston with a game-high 21 points, ahead of De’Von Jones and Tanner Voiers, who scored 14 and 13 respectively.
Luke Henson and Brady Voiers each scored three for the Tigers, as Kage Truitt had two and Grady Jackson scored one.
Leading Western in scoring was Noah Whitt with a team-high 17.
The Tigers will travel to Willow Wood on Friday night for an SOC I game versus Symmes Valley, which edged Ironton St. Joseph 56-55 on Tuesday.
Notre Dame 62, Green 59
PORTSMOUTH — Back at home for the first time since their season opener, the Notre Dame Titans defeated the Green Bobcats by a three-point margin (62-59).
The Bobcats led the Titans 48-43 after three quarters, before ND outscored its guests 19-11 in the fourth quarter.
Eight Titans (4-2, 2-1 SOC I) scored at least three points in the win, as juniors Jermaine Powell and Jonathan Strickland led with 12 and 11 respectively.
Carter Campbell, Caleb Nichols, Dylan Seison and Ethan Kammer each scored eight points.
Dominic Sparks had four and Jackson Clark three to round out Notre Dame’s scoring.
The Bobcats (1-7, 0-4 SOC I ) put three scorers in double figures, led by Levi Sampson — who had 14 of his game-high 16 in the second half.
Ethan Huffman’s 14 and Wiley Sanders’ 12 put that Green duo in double figures, just ahead of Levi Singleton who scored nine.
Levi Blevins had five and Braydon Chaffins three in the three-point decision.
Notre Dame travels to Western on Friday night in SOC I play, while the Bobcats play host to Clay on Friday for league competition.
Tip time for the Green game is set for 6 p.m.
Clay 40, East 34
ROSEMOUNT — The Clay Panthers earned their first win of the season on Tuesday — a six-point (40-34) decision over visiting East in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play.
Holding a 35-30 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Panthers (1-8, 1-3 SOC I) extended their lead by game’s end by one point — after winning the last period 5-4.
Shaden Malone had a team-high 11 points for Clay in the win, ahead of Clay Cottle, who scored 10 to also reach double figures.
Kenny Fowler scored nine, while Evan Balestra and Gavin Cayton scored five apiece.
For the Tartans (0-5, 0-4 SOC I), Keagen Jackson scored a game-high 16 points as one of four East players to score.
Landehn Pernell scored nine, Jaylon Mayhew had eight, and Levi Justice had one in the six-point decision.
East hosts Ironton St. Joe on Friday night, while Clay travels to Green on Friday for SOC I play.
Tip time for the Clay game is set for 6 p.m.
Symmes Valley 56, Ironton St. Joseph 55
Portsmouth 58, Gallia Academy 55
Wheelersburg 60, Waverly 51
Oak Hill at South Webster, ppd. to Jan. 16
Fairland 78, Portsmouth 12
PROCTORVILLE — The Portsmouth Lady Trojans suffered a road loss to the Fairland Lady Dragons in an Ohio Valley Conference makeup game on Tuesday.
Five Lady Trojans (1-4, 0-4 OVC) scored in the effort, led by Emily Cheatham who had four points.
Fairland was paced by Tomi Hinkle, who scored a game-high 12.
Portsmouth was set to travel to South Point on Thursday (Jan. 7) evening in another OVC contest.
West 44, Northwest 27
Whiteoak 51, East 26
SCIOTOVILLE — The East Lady Tartans (0-5) kept things even with Whiteoak for the final 26 minutes of Wednesday’s non-league girls contest.
The problem, however, came in the game’s first six minutes when the Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 22-0 advantage — winning the final three quarters and change by three points.
Three Lady Tartans scored eight points in the decision — Peyton Johnson, Savannah Dingess and Grace Smith.
Kat Robinson added two points to round out East’s scoring.
Jaylie Parr scored a game-high 16 points to lead Whiteoak.
East was set to face New Boston on Thursday and Clay on Saturday in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play.