BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — January 7
New Boston 61, East 27
NEW BOSTON — The New Boston Lady Tigers were back in action on Thursday, and it was “Easter” the day after Epiphany.
That’s because senior Shelby Easter, the Lady Tigers’ lone senior, posted an impressive triple-double in New Boston’s 61-27 Southern Ohio Conference Division I triumph over visiting East.
Easter amassed 20 points on 10 field goals, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks for her triple-double.
She also had four assists and four steals.
Kenzie Whitley was close to a triple-double herself, notching 19 points on seven total field goals including a three-pointer and 4-of-4 free throws.
She grabbed nine rebounds for a near double-double, and dished out five assists while making four steals.
Cadence Williams added 10 points for the Lady Tigers, including the club’s other three.
Dylan O’Rourke had four baskets for eight points, and freshman Cassie Williams wound up with four.
New Boston bolted out to leads of 16-3 following the first quarter, 32-12 at halftime and 50-22 following three frames.
Grace Smith paced East with 16 points, collecting seven field goals and 2-of-4 free throws.
Peyton Johnson and Kat Robertson scored two field goals apiece for four points, as Savannah Dingess had the other three.
The five-lady Lady Tigers are now 5-2, and 4-0 in the SOC I.
The loss left the Lady Tartans at 0-5.
New Boston was set to host Huntington at noon on Saturday in a non-league encounter, then travel to Clay on Monday for another SOC I tilt.
East returns home, and returns to SOC I play, against Green on Monday.
Green 42, Ironton St. Joe 26
FRANKLIN FURNACE — The Green Lady Bobcats bolted out to leads of 28-16 at halftime and 40-24 following three quarters — en route to a 42-26 Southern Ohio Conference Division I victory over visiting Ironton St. Joseph.
The Lady Bobcats, both overall and in the SOC I, are now 3-2.
Thursday’s game was the first for the Lady Flyers following a two-week coronavirus quarantine.
Kasey Kimbler paced the winners with 15 points, including a pair of three-pointers and three free throws.
Anna Knapp netted 10 points with four field goals and 2-of-3 foul shots, as Kame Sweeney and Kim Brown bagged four points apiece —while Charli Blevins buried a three-ball.
Brelan Baldridge, Ally Hensley and Emily Brady each had two points.
Emma Whaley, with two twos and a triple for seven points, was the high lady for the Lady Flyers.
The Lady Bobcats return home, and play host to non-league Rose Hill Christian, on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Minford 60, Eastern 33
MINFORD —The Minford Lady Falcons forged their second win of the season on Thursday night —and simultaneously completed the season sweep of the visiting Eastern Eagles.
The Lady Falcons captured a decisive 60-33 Southern Ohio Conference Division II victory —thus raising their record to 2-7 and 2-5 in the SOC II.
Minford grounded the Lady Eagles to only seven first-half points, including a single Abby Cochenour free throw in the second stanza.
The Lady Falcons flew out to leads of 14-6 at the first stop, 34-7 at halftime and 49-22 following three frames.
Livi Shonkwiler, on eight field goals, paced Minford with 16 points as Addy Akers —on four buckets and 4-of-4 freebies —dropped in a dozen.
Ally Coriell also hit double figures for the Falcons with 10 on five baskets, as Kynedi Davis dialed in nine points including the club’s sole three.
Carly Thoroughman and Bella Reffit registered five points apiece, as senior Micah Thacker had three.
Eastern’s Cochenour —with a deuce, the team’s two treys and 8-of-9 free throws —tied Shonkwiler with a game-high 16 points.
Her sister, Addison Cochenour, added 11 points on four baskets and 3-of-3 foul shots.
Minford was set to return home for the next two games — SOC II bouts against Wheelersburg (4 p.m.) on Saturday and against Oak Hill (6 p.m.) on Monday night.
Waverly 56, Portsmouth West 47
WAVERLY — By outscoring the West Lady Senators 43-31 over the final three quarters, including limiting them to a mere five third-period points, the Waverly Tigers captured a key 56-47 Southern Ohio Conference Division II victory on Thursday night.
With the win, the Tigers raised their record to 7-2 and 3-2 in the SOC II, while West suffered its second straight league loss to fall to 6-5 and 5-4.
Waverly also gained the season split —as the Senators took the first meeting by a count of 51-44.
The visiting Lady Senators won the opening quarter 16-13, but lost the final three by three (17-14), four (9-5) and five (17-12) respectively.
Seven Senators scored, but only one reached double figures — Charlie Jo Howard with 15 on five field goals and 2-of-2 free throws.
Eden Cline was next with nine points, followed by Maelynn Howell with eight, Emma Sayre six, Haley Coleman four, Abby Akers a three-pointer and Lexi Deaver with two.
Three Lady Tigers tallied double figures —Paige Carter with 14, Zoiee Smith with 12 and Sarah Thompson with 10.
Carter corralled 12 rebounds, while Thompson pulled in eight.
Smith made 7-of-8 free throws, including a perfect 6-of-6 in the fourth quarter.
Waverly was 17-of-24 from the foul line, while West shot just eight and swished four.
Kelli Stewart scored eight and Carli Knight notched six for the Tigers, as Michaela Rhoads, Ava Little and Smith sank a trifecta apiece.
West returns to the road, and returns to SOC II action, on Thursday at league leader Wheelersburg.
South Point 53, Portsmouth 33
SOUTH POINT —The South Point Pointers posted a 53-33 Ohio Valley Conference victory over the visiting Portsmouth Lady Trojans on Thursday night.
The loss left the Lady Trojans at 1-5, and 0-5 in the OVC.
Ayonna Carr with 14 points and Emily Cheatham with 12 points, both freshman for Portsmouth, paced the Lady Trojans.
Both had six total field goals, as Carr —in the third quarter —connected on two threes.
Portsmouth plays at home next —on Monday night against Chesapeake in another OVC affair.
Symmes Valley 60, Western 40
Northwest 45, Oak Hill 32
Clay at Notre Dame, ppd.
Valley at South Webster, ppd.