Portsmouth’s Daewin Spence (21) and Miles Shipp (24) battle a Coal Grove Hornet for a rebound during Tuesday night’s Ohio Valley Conference boys basketball game at Coal Grove High School.

Courtesy of Tim Gearhart


January 12 — Boys Basketball

Coal Grove 62, Portsmouth 60

COAL GROVE — All good things must come to an end.

The Portsmouth Trojans had their four-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night, as the Trojans lost at Coal Grove 62-60 in an Ohio Valley Conference contest.

The loss leaves the Trojans at 5-3, and an even 3-3 in the OVC.

Coal Grove, which shot 17 free throws and made 13 compared to only three Trojan attempts, raised its record to 5-3 and 3-1 in the conference.

The Hornets stung the Trojans in the fourth quarter, outscoring them 15-11 and shooting 6-of-10 free throws in the process.

Braxton Horn hit a three-point goal, and Trevor Hankins had an old-fashioned three-point play for critical points in the Hornets’ win.

Portsmouth’s only free throws were a split by Chris Duff in the second quarter and one by Donovan Carr in the fourth — as part of a three-point play.

The game was tied 18-18 after the initial canto, as the Trojans took leads of 32-27 at halftime and 49-47 at the third stop.

Duff, on all four Portsmouth three-pointers plus three twos, dialed up a game-high 19 points.

Miles Shipp, on nine two-point buckets, scored 18 — including eight in the third quarter.

Carr collected five field goals to follow with 11 points, as did Dariyonne Bryant who pitched in 10.

Amare Johnson, with a second-stanza basket, rounded out Portsmouth’s scoring.

Horn also had a second-quarter deuce, as the other five Hornets which scored —Malachi Wheeler (14), Hankins (13), Tait Matney (11), Perry Kingery (10) and Jordan Hicks (9) —had at least nine.

Portsmouth returns to the road, and returns to OVC action, on Friday night at South Point.

The Trojans then host Wheelersburg in a non-league county rivalry encounter on Saturday night.

Wheelersburg 77, South Webster 46

SOUTH WEBSTER —The Southern Ohio Conference Division II-leading, and defending division champion, Wheelersburg Pirates put up another win in the league column.

That’s because the Pirates captured their fourth SOC II win in a matter of eight days on Tuesday night, as Wheelersburg won at South Webster with a 77-46 come-from-behind blowout.

The win raised Wheelersburg’s undefeated records to 10-0 and 9-0 in the SOC II, as the Pirates played from behind against the Jeeps —which led 18-14 late in the opening quarter and 25-20 with 5:15 remaining in the second.

But the Pirates posted the final 11 points of the first half to lead 31-25, then scored 46 in the entire second half —which was South Webster’s total for the entire game.

Wheelersburg led 49-35 following three quarters, then erupted with its reserves to win the fourth frame 28-11.

The Jeeps, with the loss, fell below .500 to 5-6 — and to 2-5 in the division.

All of the Pirates which played scored, as Matthew Miller and Eli Swords scored a team-high 15 points apiece on six field goals each.

Swords sank two of the Pirates’ four made threes.

Carter McCorkle and Jonah Lawson landed 10 points apiece, as Lawson made a three-pointer and 5-of-6 free throws.

J.J. Truitt tallied 4-of-4 foul shots for eight points, as Gage Adkins added six on three baskets, and Braxton Rase rained in a fourth-quarter two and three.

Aaron Jolly scored two field goals for four points, as Kenny Sanderlin and Cooper McKenzie had a fourth-quarter bucket apiece.

The Jeeps’ Jaren Lower made four three-pointers and 4-of-6 free throws en route to a game-high 18 points, which was followed by Trae Zimmerman’s 14 points on five total field goals and 3-of-3 foul shots.

Cam Carpenter canned two twos and one trifecta for seven points, as Myles Beasley bucketed two fourth-quarter field goals and Brady Blizzard a basket in the first.

The Jeeps return home, and return to SOC II action, on Saturday night in a makeup matchup against Oak Hill.

South Webster’s league tilt against Valley on Friday is postponed.

Wheelersburg will return to the road, and steps out of SOC II play for the second time this campaign, as the Pirates play Portsmouth on Saturday night.

Minford 50, Northwest 45

McDERMOTT —Trenton Zimmerman scored over half of Minford’s points, and the visiting Falcons limited the Northwest Mohawks to only six first-period counters, en route to earning a 50-45 Southern Ohio Conference Division II triumph on Tuesday night.

Zimmerman zapped the Mohawks for a game-high 26 markers —which consisted of four twos, four of the Falcons’ six threes, and 6-of-7 free throws.

He scored 17 of those 26 in the second half.

The Falcons forged a 14-6 first-quarter advantage, and maintained middle-period leads of 26-16 after the second and 39-29 following the third.

The Mohawks made a fourth-quarter charge with 16 points, but three-balls by Zimmerman and Adam Crank combined with free throws from Zimmerman (3-of-4) and Elijah Vogelsong-Lewis (2-of-2) were enough to hold Northwest off.

Crank chipped in two first-half twos in addition to that triple for seven points, as Vogelsong-Lewis landed a first-quarter trifecta for his only other marks.

Matthew Risner registered six on two baskets and 2-of-3 second-stanza foul shots, as Skyler Knore scored four (two field goals) and Drew Skaggs chipped in two (one field goal).

For the Mohawks, Dakota Secrest splashed four threes for a team-high 12 points, as senior Brycen Carver and freshman Connor Lintz — on five field goals and a freebie apiece — added 11.

Austin Newman netted six points on three hoops, as Tanner Bolin with a fourth-quarter trey and Jay Jenkins with a second-stanza deuce rounded out the Mohawks’ scoring.

Minford raised its record to 7-4 and 6-4 in the SOC II, while Northwest dipped to 2-7 — and 1-6 in the league.

The Falcons’ Friday night SOC II tilt against Eastern is postponed, while the Mohawks travel to Oak Hill on Friday night for another conference clash.

Northwest will host East on Saturday in a non-league game — with the reserve tip time set for 1 p.m.

Portsmouth West 64, Oak Hill 36

WEST PORTSMOUTH — The Senators, still the “Winators”, made it a lucky number seven on Tuesday night.

That’s because the West Senators stretched their winning streak to seven, as the host Senators scaled Oak Hill 64-36 in a Southern Ohio Conference Division II tilt.

West, which won its fifth consecutive in the SOC II, raised its records to 8-3 and 6-3 in the league.

The loss left the Oaks at 2-7 and 1-5.

West led 19-10 following the opening quarter, then allowed only a Brock Harden three-point goal for the Oaks in the second.

The Senators staked a 29-13 halftime cushion, which ballooned with a 22-point third quarter to 51-26.

Nine separate of the senior-laden Senators scored, as Luke Howard —with two twos and two threes —had 10 points.

The leading Senator scorer was actually Jacob Davis, who played only in the fourth quarter and tallied 11 on three field goals and 5-of-5 free throws.

Luke Bradford notched nine on four field goals and an old-fashioned three-point play, Ryan Sissel added eight on four baskets, and Marion Phillips and Rodney Moore mustered six points apiece.

Jesse Dixon and Noah Coleman canned a three-point goal apiece towards five points, as Dixon — like Phillips — drained 2-of-2 freebies.

Andrew Jones rounded out the Senators’ scoring with two baskets.

Aidan Hall, with 11 second-half points, had the high honors for Oak Hill.

Braylon Howell had all eight of his points in the first quarter, which included a trey and 3-of-4 free throws.

Oak Hill hosts Northwest on Friday night in the SOC II, while West travels to Waverly for another SOC II affair.

New Boston 90, East 27

NEW BOSTON — For the host New Boston Tigers on Tuesday night, it was simply to catch 22.

That being the Tigers’ 22nd consecutive Southern Ohio Conference Division I win —which they did with no problem against East inside Homer Pellegrinon Gymnasium.

For the second time this season, the talented and highly-touted Tigers tallied 90 against the young and rebuilding Tartans — as New Boston boasted another season sweep with a 90-27 runaway win.

The Tigers, now 11-1 and a perfect 7-0 in the SOC I, continued their torching of the small-school division.

East, which remained winless at 0-7 and 0-6 in the league, improved by 10 points from their first meeting against New Boston.

The Tigers actually outscored the Tartans for the entire game in the opening quarter, amassing 31 points.

Individually, Kyle Sexton outscored East by himself —pouring in a game-high 29 points and pumping in a dozen field goals including two three-pointers.

Right behind, and not to be outdone, was fellow senior Tanner Voiers —who amounted 25 points on 10 total field goals including three treys.

Sexton went 3-of-3 and Voiers 2-of-2 for the Tigers’ only five free throws.

De’Von Jones, on six deuces and two triples, tallied 18 points —as Chase Clark chipped in nine and Kage Truitt five.

Both Truitt and Clark connected on a three-ball, as the Tigers totaled nine to tie the Tartans’ total points.

Brady Voiers in the first and Hunter Easter in the fourth quarter had a basket apiece as well.

Seven Tartans scored, including eight points by Jaylon Mayhew on four field goals.

Landehn Pernell finished with five, as four others —Levi Justice, Devin Allard, Gavin Johnson and senior Kyle Winston —wound up with three points apiece.

Pernell, Justice, Johnson and Winston all made a three-pointer.

Allard added East’s only made foul shot.

East will host Green on Friday night in the SOC I, while New Boston travels to Clay on Friday night in league play.

Both have non-league games on Saturday —with the Tartans traveling to Northwest (1 p.m. reserve) and the Tigers hosting Southern.

Green 69, Ironton St. Joe 59 (OT)

FRANKLIN FURNACE — It took overtime to do it, but at long last, the new-look Green Bobcats picked up their first win in Southern Ohio Conference play for this year.

The host Bobcats, thanks to 20 third-period points and outscoring visiting Ironton St. Joseph by 10 points in overtime, captured a 69-59 SOC I victory on Tuesday.

Green, under first-year head coach Scott Blankenship, got close to that first SOC I win against Clay —but saw its dozen-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate.

The Bobcats are now 2-8 —and 1-5 in the division.

St. Joseph, which dropped to 6-3 and 4-2 in the SOC I with the loss, held a 27-22 halftime advantage —but Green gained the lead following the third frame at 42-41.

That’s because the Bobcats outscored the Flyers 20-14 in the third, as they fired and hit for four threes in that salvo.

Green won the extra session 16-6, as it made five field goals including a Levi Sampson three-pointer and 5-of-5 free throws.

Jared Johnson on two field goals and J.C. Damron on 2-of-2 foul shots had the Flyers’ only overtime points.

The prolific-scoring Sampson poured in a game-high 25 points to pace the Bobcats —on 10 total field goals including four threes and a freebie.

Levi Blevins, on five total field goals including three trifectas and 4-of-5 charity tosses, bucketed 17 points —as Ethan Huffman (four field goals and 4-of-4 free throws) and Wiley Sanders (six field goals) each scored 12.

Levi Singleton swished a three in the second period, giving Green eight for the game.

Five Flyers scored as well, as Johnson — with 10 total field goals including two from downtown — led the guests with 23 points.

Damron dropped in seven twos and 2-of-4 free throws for 16 points, as St. Joe shot 6-of-10 at the line — compared to 9-of-13 for the Bobcats.

Matt Sheridan netted nine points, Jimmy Mahlmeister managed eight, and Jackson Rowe recorded a three for the Flyers.

The Bobcats return to the road, and return to SOC I action, on Friday at East.

Notre Dame 37, Clay 34

South Point 53, Chesapeake 52

Fairland 69, Gallia Academy 48

Waverly at Eastern, ppd.

Western at Symmes Valley, ppd. to Feb. 2

Rock Hill at Ironton, ppd. to Jan. 20

January 13 — Girls Basketball

New Boston 40, Clay 35

ROSEMOUNT — The Lady Tigers attempted, and enjoyed, a parade to the free-throw line on Wednesday.

That’s because New Boston, by converting 10-of-13 fourth-quarter tosses and 17-of-26 overall, captured a 40-35 Southern Ohio Conference Division I victory over the host Clay Panthers.

With the win, the five-lady Lady Tigers raised their record to 6-4 —and to 5-1 in the SOC I.

Clay, which was playing for the first time in two weeks following a coronavirus quarantine, fell to 0-10 and 0-6.

As part of the decisive final quarter, junior Kenzie Whitley with 6-of-8 free throws and senior Shelby Easter on 4-of-5 freebies forged the Lady Tigers to the finish line in front.

They also scored a basket apiece in the fourth.

Whitley — with four deuces, the Tigers’ trifecta and 9-of-13 foul shots — went off for a game-high 20 points, as her three-point goal was the scoring difference in the third frame.

New Boston led 10-3 after the opening quarter, as the Panthers posted just a Shaley Munion bucket and a Haley Whitt foul shot by that point.

But Clay roared back in the second stanza, outscoring the Tigers 13-5 as Kat Cochran canned all four of her field goals — including three three-pointers.

Cadence Williams, with a first-quarter two-pointer, scored all five of New Boston’s second-period points on another basket and 3-of-4 free throws.

The Tigers trailed 16-15 at halftime, but won the third 11-8 and the fourth 14-11.

Like Williams, Easter added seven —as she also split two tosses in the first for 5-of-9.

Dylan O’Rourke with two hoops and Cassie Williams with one in the opening canto completed New Boston’s scoring.

Cochran, who added 2-of-2 free throws to her four field goals, paced the Lady Panthers with 13 points.

Munion mustered three field goals and 2-of-3 free throws for eight, as Clay attempted just seven stripe shots and made five.

Kyleigh Oliver with three fourth-quarter baskets for six, Maggie Swayne with two field goals for four, and Megan Bazler with a third-quarter three-point goal rounded out the Lady Panthers.

Clay’s contest with Western on Thursday in the SOC I was postponed.

The Lady Panthers play next now on Saturday at Eastern, with tip time set for 1 p.m.

New Boston returned home, and returned to SOC I action, on Thursday against Green.

Ironton St. Joseph 68, East 26

SCIOTOVILLE — The East Lady Tartans lost against Ironton St. Joseph on Wednesday in a Southern Ohio Conference Division I makeup matchup — falling 68-26.

The loss leaves East at 0-8, and 0-6 in the SOC I.

St. Joe improved to 2-7 and 2-4 with the win.

Five Lady Tartans posted points, including double figures from senior Grace Smith — who tallied 10 points on three field goals and 3-of-7 free throws.

One of those baskets was East’s only made three-pointer.

Savannah Dingess delivered five points, Mia Caldwell chipped in four, and Peyton Johnson posted three to round out the Lady Tartans’ totals.

Four female Flyers reached double figures —Gracie Damron with 15, Emma Whaley with 14, Bella Whaley with 13 and Riley Daniels with 12.

Daniels with two and Bella Whaley with one made up St. Joe’s three-point goals.

East’s game at Symmes Valley on Thursday in the SOC I was postponed.

Instead, the Lady Tartans traveled to Clay on Thursday for an SOC I bout at 5:30 p.m.

Oak Hill 64, Wellston 34

Fairland 70, Rock Hill 41

Portsmouth’s Daewin Spence (21) and Miles Shipp (24) battle a Coal Grove Hornet for a rebound during Tuesday night’s Ohio Valley Conference boys basketball game at Coal Grove High School.’s Daewin Spence (21) and Miles Shipp (24) battle a Coal Grove Hornet for a rebound during Tuesday night’s Ohio Valley Conference boys basketball game at Coal Grove High School. Courtesy of Tim Gearhart