January 8 — Boys Basketball
Portsmouth West 48, South Webster 36
WEST PORTSMOUTH — By holding the visiting South Webster Jeeps to a pair of single-digit quarter scoring efforts, the Portsmouth West Senators earned a 12-point (48-36) home win in boys Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.
The win was the Senators’ sixth straight and fourth straight in SOC II play, improving their record to 7-3 (5-3 SOC II).
South Webster, now 5-4 (2-4 SOC II), did in fact manage just nine first-half points — two in the first quarter and seven in the second.
No Portsmouth West player reached double digits in scoring in the win, but several came close.
Seniors Marion Phillips and Rodney Moore each scored a team-high nine points, ahead of seniors Luke Bradford who scored eight and senior Luke Howard who totaled seven.
Tanner Cantrell added six for West, including two of its three made three-point attempts.
Juniors Jesse Dixon and Noah Coleman each scored four, while Steven Sadler had one.
For the Jeeps, sophomore Jaren Lower scored a game-high 11 points while Trae Zimmerman and Cam Carpenter each had 10.
Connor Bender scored five points to round out SW’s scoring.
South Webster was scheduled to face Ironton St. Joseph on Saturday (Jan. 9), while West prepares to host Oak Hill on Tuesday (Jan. 12).
The Jeeps were also set to host Wheelersburg on Tuesday night in the SOC II.
Wheelersburg 90, Eastern 30
WHEELERSBURG — There was definitely no letdown for the Southern Ohio Conference Division II-leading Wheelersburg Pirates on Friday night.
That’s because the Pirates posted a 90-30 victory over the visiting Eastern Eagles, raising their undefeated record to 8-0 and 7-0 in the SOC II.
It was Senior Night at Wheelersburg as well, and the Pirates pumped in at least 20 points in all four periods —scoring 23, 20, 25 and 22.
Eastern only amounted a Dillion Mattox basket in the opening quarter, and scored just seven second-period points to trail 43-9 at halftime.
Of the 14 Pirates on the roster, 13 played and all but one scored.
Four reached double figures in scoring —paced by senior Matthew Miller’s 18 points on six field goals and 6-of-6 free throws.
Fellow seniors Jonah Lawson and Carter McCorkle mustered 13 and 10 points respectively, as sophomore Kenny Sanderlin scored 14 points on seven twos.
Two other seniors —J.J. Truitt and Gage Adkins —added eight and seven points respectively, as five separate Pirates including Lawson popped a three-point goal.
The Pirates’ sixth senior, Aaron Jolly, scored four.
Isaac Richardson paced the Eagles with a dozen points.
The Pirates returned to SOC II action on Tuesday night when they traveled to South Webster.
New Boston 61, Symmes Valley 49
WILLOW WOOD — Spearheaded by a 21-point second-stanza output, which included stymieing Symmes Valley to seven points in the period, the visiting New Boston Tigers took control —and captured a key 61-49 Southern Ohio Conference Division I victory on Friday night.
The Tigers are now 10-1 with the win, and remain perfect in their SOC I championship defense at 6-0.
The Tigers trailed 14-10 at the first stop, but then surged ahead in the second quarter —as DeVon Jones scored eight of his 10 points in the period.
New Boston maintained manageable leads at 31-21 at halftime and 44-37 following three frames, before scoring 17 in the final quarter.
Kyle Sexton, despite just two twos and two threes on Friday, sank 12-of-14 free throws for a team-high 22 points —including 8-of-10 freebies and a three-ball in the fourth.
He also grabbed 11 rebounds, as New Boston overcame 13 turnovers with 16 assists and 15 steals.
Jones dropped in five field goals for his 10, as Grady Jackson followed Sexton in scoring with 13 points on six total field goals.
Jackson (seven) and Brady Voiers (six) combined for 13 of those 15 takeaways, as Jackson drilled a three and Voiers made 5-of-6 free throws.
Voiers’ brother, senior Tanner Voiers, netted nine points on one deuce, two treys and a split of second-quarter foul shots.
Chase Clark rounded out the Tigers’ scoring with a first-quarter basket.
Luke Leith led all scorers and Vikings players with a game-high 27 points —on 13 field goals and 1-of-3 free throws.
New Boston made 22 trips to the line and meshed 18, while Symmes Valley was just 2-of-6.
The Tigers returned home, and returned to SOC I action, on Tuesday night against East.
Western 57, Notre Dame 54
LATHAM — A one-possession game contest to the very end, it was the Western Indians which came up with a three-point decision (57-54) at home over Notre Dame in boys Southern Ohio Conference Division I play.
Taking a 41-39 lead into the fourth, Western — now 5-7 — outscored the visiting Titans 16-15 in the final period to walk away with a three-point win.
Three Indians scored in double figures, led by Colton Montgomery’s 15 on six field goals, Kolten Miller’s 14 and Riley Beekman’s 12 points.
Titans junior Johnathan Strickland scored a game-high 16 points, but was the only Titan to reach double figures.
Dylan Seison scored nine on a quartet of two-point tries and one free throw, while Caleb Nichols, Dominic Sparks and Jackson Clark each had six points.
Ethan Kammer scored each of his five points in the second quarter, as Carter Campbell and Jermaine Powell added four and two points, respectively.
The Titans, which are 4-3 and 2-2 in the SOC I, played host to Clay on Tuesday night in division competition.
Ironton St. Joe 61, East 28
SCIOTOVILLE —The host East Tartans remained winless on Friday night, falling to Ironton St. Joseph 61-28 in a Southern Ohio Conference Division I game.
The Tartans, which fell to 0-6 and 0-5 in the SOC I, tallied seven points in each of the opening two periods — before scoring nine in the third and finally five in the fourth.
The visiting Flyers scored at least 12 points in each canto.
Jimmy Mahlmeister — with three twos, four threes and 2-of-2 free throws — poured in 20 points to pace the winners.
J.C. Damron also reached double figures for the Flyers with 10 points.
Keagan Jackson, on three three-pointers, netted nine points to lead the Tartans.
Landehn Pernell posted eight and Jaylon Mayhew had five for East, which also got two points apiece from Austin Baughman, Matt Flannery and sole senior Kyle Winston.
Waverly 65, Northwest 42
McDERMOTT —The Northwest Mohawks had a difficult challenge against the visiting Waverly Tigers on Friday night, and fell 65-42 in a Southern Ohio Conference Division II tilt.
The loss left the Mohawks at 2-5 and 1-4 in the SOC II, while Waverly bounced back from its home defeat last Tuesday against Wheelersburg.
The highly-touted Tigers raised their records to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the league.
Waverly held leads of 18-11 after the first quarter, 37-24 at halftime, and 50-33 following three frames.
Six Mohawks scored including three in double figures —senior Brycen Carver with 12 on six field goals, freshman Jay Jenkins with 11 on three total field goals and 3-of-4 free throws, and freshman Connor Lintz with 10 on four buckets and 2-of-2 freebies.
Jenkins made both of the Mohawks’ three-point goals, as Caleb Scoggins scored five — followed by a basket apiece from Kyle Butler and Austin Newman.
Waverly junior Trey Robertson, on seven total field goals including both of the Tigers’ trifectas and 6-of-7 foul shots, recorded a game-high 22 points.
Three other Tigers tallied double figures —as Zeke Brown bagged 16, Will Futhey finished with 14 and Gage Wheeler wound up with 10.
The Mohawks hosted Minford on Tuesday night in another SOC II contest.
Minford 86, Oak Hill 49
Clay 51, Green 48
Chesapeake 76, Gallia Academy 68 (2OT)
South Point 55, Coal Grove 54 (OT)
Ironton at Portsmouth, ppd. to Feb. 9
Rock Hill at Fairland, ppd. to Feb. 9
Valley at Oak Hill, ppd. to Jan. 30
January 9 — Boys Basketball
Portsmouth 61, West Union 56
WEST UNION — The Portsmouth Trojans continued their winning ways on Saturday night, earning a five-point (61-56) road win over West Union in non-league play.
The win improved Portsmouth to 5-2, as it began its three-game road trip that continued into this week with two Ohio Valley Conference games.
Junior Dariyonne Bryant scored a team-high 17 points for the Trojans on eight field goals and a lone free-throw make.
Seniors Miles Shipp and Chris Duff combined to score 23 points in the win — 13 for Shipp and 10 for Duff.
A host of other Trojans contributed on the offensive end — including Drew Roe who had six, Michael Duncan who scored five, Donavan Carr who had four, and Amare Johnson and Daewin Spence who each scored two.
Cameron Campbell scored a game-high 23 points for the Dragons, including sinking five of their nine three-point makes.
Portsmouth will continue its road stretch on Tuesday at Coal Grove and on Friday at South Point, before hosting county rival Wheelersburg on Saturday (Jan. 16).
Notre Dame 64, Rose Hill Christian (Ky.) 51
PORTSMOUTH — The Notre Dame Titans earned a bounce-back victory on Saturday, besting the visiting Rose Hill Christian Royals by a 13-point margin (64-51).
ND (5-3) outscored non-league Rose Hill by at least four points in the second, third and fourth quarters to help build and expand upon its lead in the win.
Junior Johnathan Strickland scored a game-high 20 points on seven field goals and 4-of-6 shooting at the foul line.
Dylan Seison and Caleb Nichols each added 12 points, while Jermaine Powell scored 11 with eight coming in the second half.
Senior Jackson Clark added seven and Carter Campbell two to help aid in the Titans’ fifth win of the season.
As a team, the Titans went 11-of-13 from the foul line.
Leading the Royals on the offensive end was Chase Pennington, who scored a team-high 18 points as one of four RH players who scored in double figures.
Notre Dame was set to host Clay on Tuesday (Jan. 12) in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play.
Wheelersburg 78, Northwest 31
WHEELERSBURG — In a Southern Ohio Conference Division II makeup game previously scheduled for mid-December, the Wheelersburg Pirates bested the visiting Northwest Mohawks — limiting their guests to just 31 points in the 47-point decision.
The Pirates built up their lead to 43-13 at halftime, as senior guard Matthew Miller scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the first 16 minutes.
Miller was one of two Pirates to reach double figures, alongside sophomore Kenny Sanderlin who scored 11.
Carter McCorkle and Cooper McKenzie each scored nine points for Wheelersburg, while J.J. Truitt had eight and Eli Swords scored seven.
Gage Adkins finished with five points, as Nolan Wright and Jonah Lawson each scored two.
Mohawks freshman Connor Lintz scored each of his team-high 11 points during the first three quarters.
Caleb Scoggins added seven for Northwest, with five coming in the fourth.
Wheelersburg (9-0, 8-0 SOC II) is on the road for its next three contests, including on Tuesday (Jan. 12) night when it visited South Webster.
Waverly 53, Minford 44
WAVERLY — Undone by a two-point second quarter, the Minford Falcons fell 53-44 at Waverly on Saturday night in a key Southern Ohio Conference Division II makeup matchup.
While Waverly, inside its historic Downtown Arena, won its second consecutive to improve to 6-1 and 4-1 in the SOC II, Minford fell to 6-4 and 5-4 in the league.
The Tigers also snapped the Falcons’ three-game division winning streak, which included a sweep of Oak Hill sandwiched around a 53-52 victory at Valley.
Waverly led 10-8 after the first quarter, but grounded the Falcons for only a Trenton Zimmerman two-pointer in the second.
The Falcons missed three free throws in the period as well, as Waverly senior Zeke Brown —on five field goals including an old-fashioned three-point play —scored all 11 of his points in the opening half.
Brown scored seven second-period points, as the Tigers took a 21-10 halftime lead, which was sliced in half to 36-31 following three quarters.
But Waverly won the final canto 17-13, as Trey Robertson —who poured in 23 points including four deuces, two of the team’s three treys and 9-of-10 free throws —registered 7-of-8 from the stripe in the closing salvo.
Both of Robertson’s trifectas occurred in the third.
Minford senior Elijah Vogelsong-Lewis loves playing at Waverly, having went off for 34 points in the Falcons’ Division III sectional semifinal victory over Coal Grove last season.
On Saturday night, Vogelsong-Lewis erupted for a game-high 27 points —featuring four twos, all six of Minford’s made threes, and a first-quarter freebie.
Five of his triples came in the Falcons’ second-half comeback bid.
Zimmerman scored seven on two baskets and 3-of-6 free throws, while Drew Skaggs scored two third-quarter buckets and Devyn Parker, Matthew Risner and Skyler Knore netted a two apiece in that period.
Minford returned to the road, and returned to SOC II action, on Tuesday night at Northwest.
Symmes Valley 67, Clay 40
WILLOW WOOD — Hindered heavily by a three-point second period, the Clay Panthers lost at Symmes Valley 67-40 on Saturday night in a Southern Ohio Conference Division I makeup matchup.
The loss snapped Clay’s two-game win streak, as the Panthers fell to 2-9 and 2-4 in the SOC I.
The host Vikings, with the win, climbed to even overall at 4-4 and above .500 in the league to 4-3.
Clay held a 14-12 edge at the first stop, but failed to make a field goal in the entire second quarter.
All the Panthers posted was a pair of Jaymes Jones free throws, and a single charity toss from Shaden Malone.
Clay trailed 28-17 at halftime and 46-28 following three quarters, before being outscored 21-10 in the final frame.
Malone, who poured in a game-high 24 points on nine field goals and 6-of-9 free throws, made five first-quarter baskets for 10 points.
He had two buckets apiece in the final two quarters, and meshed his final five throws in the third.
Jaden Jessee hit four baskets for eight points, while Clay Cottle connected from three-point range twice.
Nine different Vikings dented the scoring column, including Eli Patterson pumping in 20 points on 10 field goals.
Luke Leith was the only other Viking in double figures, scoring seven field goals and 2-of-3 free throws for 16.
Clay returned to the road, and returned to SOC I action, on Tuesday night at Notre Dame.
Ironton St. Joe 59, South Webster 40
SOUTH WEBSTER — The Ironton St. Joseph Flyers held host South Webster to eight points apiece in the middle two periods, expanding upon an early 18-11 lead en route to capturing a 59-40 non-league win on Saturday night.
With the loss, South Webster fell to an even 5-5, while the Flyers climbed to 6-2.
St. Joe outscored the Jeeps 25-16 in those middle two quarters to lead 41-27 following three.
J.C. Damron, on a dozen field goals and 2-of-5 free throws, dialed up a game-high 28 points to pace the winners.
Jackson Rowe recorded 14 points to follow Damron, including raining in four three-pointers.
Jaren Lower with 13 points and Cam Carpenter with 11 points paced the Jeeps with five field goals apiece, as Connor Bender bagged nine points on four made baskets.
Lower with three and Carpenter and Bender with one apiece accounted for all five three-point goals.
Trae Zimmerman scored seven points including an old-fashioned three-point play, as South Webster was still performing without injured starter Will Collins.
Oak Hill 51, Eastern 50
Western 67, Manchester 45
Coal Grove 59, Peebles 46
Chesapeake 60, Trimble 48
South Point 52, North Adams 39
Fairland 49, Eastern Brown 48
Gallia Academy 57, Southeastern 55
January 9 — Girls Basketball
Wheelersburg 65, Minford 43
MINFORD — Wheelersburg’s unbeaten run in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play continued on Saturday with a 22-point (65-43) road win over Minford.
The makeup matchup moved the Lady Pirates to 6-1, and a perfect 6-0 in the SOC II — as Wheelersburg won its 34th consecutive league bout.
The Lady Falcons trailed by just seven points at halftime at a 32-25 deficit, but the Lady Pirates went on to outscore their hosts 33-18 over the final 16 minutes.
Wheelersburg senior Kaylee Darnell posted a game-high 27 points in the winning effort, scoring 15 of those in the second half.
Lady Pirates junior Alaina Keeney scored each of her 12 points in the second and third quarters on five field goals.
Ellie Kallner and Makenna Walker each scored seven, while Madison Whitaker added five on two field goals.
Macee Eaton scored three points as Lauren Jolly and Lyndsay Heimbach each had two.
For Minford, senior Livi Shonkwiler scored a team-high 23 points.
Freshman Kynedi Davis scored six of her seven points in the first half, as Micah Thacker scored five on two field goals.
Bella Reffit scored four on a lone field goal and two free-throw makes, while Ally Coriell and Addy Akers scored two apiece.
The Lady Falcons fell to 2-8 and 2-6 with the loss, as Minford swept Eastern for its only two wins.
South Webster 69, Eastern 40
BEAVER — A week was worth the wait for the South Webster Lady Jeeps.
After losing against Wheelersburg last Monday, the Lady Jeeps bounced back on Saturday with a 69-40 SOC II road win at Eastern.
The Lady Jeeps raised their record to 6-4, and to 4-3 in the division.
The Eagles actually led 17-13 following the first quarter, as Eastern’s Abby Cochenour connected for her four three-point goals in the period.
From there, though, the Lady Jeeps defense didn’t allow Eastern to reach double digits in any of the remaining three quarters.
Eastern only scored nine points in each of the middle two cantos, before finishing with five in the fourth on two more Cochenour baskets and a split of Skylar White free throws.
South Webster went off for 19 points in the second stanza, 21 more in third, and finally 16 in the fourth.
By halftime, the Lady Jeeps led 32-26 —and boosted the margin to 53-35 following three frames.
Bri Claxon’s scoring machine kept on rolling on Saturday, as the junior poured in a game-high 32 points on 15 buckets and 2-of-2 first-quarter foul shots.
She scored eight points apiece the first and third quarters, sandwiched around a dozen markers in the turnaround second.
Bella Claxon, her freshman sister, scored 14 points on four total field goals — including a trifecta — and 5-of-8 foul shots.
Faith Maloney managed 10 points on four baskets and 2-of-2 third-frame free throws, while Skylar Zimmerman —on two of the Lady Jeeps’ four threes and 2-of-2 third-quarter free throws —added eight points.
Liz Shupert, South Webster’s sole senior and on a third-quarter deuce and trey, rounded out the scoring with five.
Cochenour — on three twos, four threes and 3-of-4 foul shots — paced the Lady Eagles with 21 points.
Green 49, Rose Hill Christian (Ky.) 27
FRANKLIN FURNACE — The Green Lady Bobcats stepped out of Southern Ohio Conference Division I play for the first time this season on Saturday, and faced a squad out of state.
No worries, though, as the host Bobcats stymied Rose Hill (Ky.) Christian to single digits in each of the final three quarters — en route to capturing a 49-27 victory.
With the win, Green improved to 4-2 —as the Bobcats battled back from a 10-7 deficit at the first stop.
They outscored the Royals 17-4 in the second stanza for a 24-14 halftime advantage, then won the third frame 9-5 — before doubling up Rose Hill 16-8 in the final quarter.
Kasey Kimbler scored 18 points to pace the winners, including canning a pair of three-pointers and 2-of-3 fourth-quarter free throws.
Anna Knapp netted 11 points on four baskets and 3-of-4 foul shots, while senior Kame Sweeney —on five twos —tallied 10.
Kimberly Brown bagged a pair of treys and a deuce for eight points, as fellow senior Brelan Baldridge’s bucket rounded out the Green scoring.
Waverly 51, Northwest 37
McDERMOTT — The Waverly Lady Tigers picked up —in more ways than one —an important and milestone victory on Saturday.
In a key Southern Ohio Conference Division II makeup matchup with host Northwest, the Lady Tigers topped the Mohawks 51-37 —and pulled even with Northwest in the SOC II loss column.
While Northwest fell to 8-3 and 5-2 in the SOC II, the Lady Tigers stretched their win streak to six — and improved to 8-2 and 4-2 in the league.
Wheelersburg, with no league losses, remains the division frontrunner —as only Waverly and Northwest are the nearest challengers with two defeats.
Saturday’s triumph also clinched the 100th career coaching win for veteran Tiger mentor John Bonifield.
Waverly led at all four stops — 14-10 following the first quarter, 29-25 at halftime and 45-29 following the third frame.
The Tigers outscored the Mohawks 16-4 in the third, as Northwest only accounted for a Valerie Copas basket and 2-of-6 team free throws.
Six Lady Tigers scored against Northwest, spearheaded by senior Zoiee Smith’s four baskets and 5-of-8 foul shots.
Smith also grabbed seven rebounds, dished out six assists, and made off with four steals.
Paige Carter and Kelli Stewart scored 10 points apiece on five baskets, as Carter collected eight rebounds and Stewart secured six.
Carli Knight netted eight points on three baskets and 2-of-2 freebies, while Ava Little landed both of the team’s treys and Sarah Thompson tacked on a pair of two-point goals.
Copas, with six total field goals and 2-of-5 foul shots, paced all scorers with a game-high 15.
But the next-nearest Northwest scorers had three baskets apiece for six points —as Ava Jenkins scored all of hers in the opening quarter and Haidyn Wamsley all of hers in the last.
Terah Webb with a three-pointer, Kloe Montgomery with a field goal and split of third-quarter free throws, Reagan Lewis with a basket, and Faith Jewett with 2-of-4 third-frame foul shots rounded out the Northwest scoring.
Huntington 51, New Boston 34
NEW BOSTON —The New Boston Lady Tigers scored just 16 points through the first three quarters on Saturday —and lost to non-league and visiting Huntington by a count of 51-34.
The Lady Tigers tallied just seven points apiece in the first two periods, then mustered only a Cadence Williams basket in the third quarter.
The Lady Huntsmen held leads of 11-7 after the first quarter, 26-14 at halftime and 43-16 following three frames.
Kenzie Whitley led the Lady Tigers with three twos, the team’s lone three and 3-of-4 free throws for a dozen points — while sole senior Shelby Easter added 10 on four field goals and 2-of-3 foul shots.
Dylan O’Rourke with three baskets for six, Cadence Williams two for four and Cassie Williams one for two rounded out the New Boston scoring.
The Lady Tigers fell to 5-3.
Huntington had three players post double figures, including Allison Basye with 18 on nine buckets and Carly Dyer with 16 on seven.
Gallia Academy 39, Ironton St. Joe 35
Coal Grove at Symmes Valley, ppd.