BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — January 14
Wheelersburg 62, Portsmouth West 43
WHEELERSBURG — Although bowling is the sport most associate the number 300 with, Wheelersburg’s Dusty Spradlin reached a coaching milestone with that same number.
Wheelersburg girls coach Dusty Spradlin, in Thursday’s 62-43 home win over Portsmouth West in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play, amassed career win No. 300 as leader of the Lady Pirates.
The win also extended Wheelersburg’s league winning streak to 36 consecutive games — improving their record to 8-1 (8-0 SOC II).
Four Lady Pirates reached double figures in the win, led by senior Kaylee Darnell’s game-high 21 on 10 made field goals.
Fifteen of Darnell’s 21 came in the first quarter — as Wheelersburg staked an early 20-10 lead after the first eight minutes.
Junior Alaina Keeney scored eight of her 12 points in the second half, as she and senior Ellie Kallner connected on two made three-point attempts.
Kallner scored eight of her 10 points in the second half, while Makenna Walker added 11 — eight coming in the third quarter when Wheelersburg extended its lead to 54-29 by the end of the period.
Lauren Jolly and Lexie Rucker each scored four points to round out the Lady Pirates’ scoring.
Maelynn Howell was the lone Lady Senator to reach double figures, scoring 10 points on five field goals through the first three quarters.
Charlie Jo Howard and Eden Cline each scored eight points, while Lexi Deaver added seven.
Wheelersburg will seek to extend its league winning streak to 37 games on Saturday — when it’ll travel to Waverly for an SOC II makeup game against the Lady Tigers.
West — now an even 6-6 and 5-5 in the league — will host Northwest on Monday (Jan. 18) for another SOC II game.
South Webster 53, Minford 34
SOUTH WEBSTER — A pair of 16-point second-half quarters helped the South Webster Lady Jeeps overcome a two-point halftime deficit — and defeat the Minford Lady Falcons in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.
After trailing Minford 23-21 at halftime, the Lady Jeeps outscored the Lady Falcons 32-11 in the final 16 minutes — improving their record to 7-5 (5-4 SOC II).
Juniors Bri Claxon and Faith Maloney combined to score 38 of the Lady Jeeps’ 53 points, 23 of which were scored by Claxon on eight field goals and seven-of-10 free-throw shooting.
Maloney’s 15 came on six made field goals and 3-of-3 foul shooting — as part of SW’s 16-of-21 mark from the charity stripe.
Skylar Zimmerman scored five of her six points in the first quarter, Liz Shupert added four points on a field goal and a pair of FTs, and Bella Claxon and Kerith Wright scored three and two points respectively.
Six Lady Falcons broke into the scoring column on Thursday, led by senior Livi Shonkwiler’s team-high 12 points.
Kynedi Davis added nine while Bella Reffit scored five, each posting four points in the opening period.
Micah Thacker scored four points on 4-of-4 foul shooting, as Ally Coriell and Addy Akers each scored two.
South Webster is back in action on Saturday in an SOC II makeup home game versus Valley.
The Lady Falcons return home, and will seek to snap a three-game skid, against non-league New Boston on Saturday.
Tip time is set for noon.
Minford (2-10, 2-8 SOC II) will then host Waverly on Monday (Jan. 18) in SOC II play.
Northwest 41, Valley 21
McDERMOTT — The Northwest Lady Mohawks bested the Valley Lady Indians on Thursday night — all while honoring their three-player senior class as part of Senior Night festivities.
Entering the fourth quarter of the 20-point (41-21) win, Northwest held a 31-12 advantage — receiving contributions from a host of players as they improved to 10-3 and 7-2 in the SOC II.
Senior Valerie Copas scored a game-high 16 points, ahead of junior Kloe Montgomery who posted nine and senior Haidyn Wamsley who scored seven.
Harley Rigsby, Ava Jenkins, Faith Jewett and Reagan Lewis scored two points apiece for the Lady Mohawks.
Senior Terah Webb connected on a third-quarter free throw for her lone point in the win.
Six Lady Indians broke into the scoring column of Thursday’s game — led by freshman Lexie Morrow’s six.
Natalie Buckle added four; Haley Whitt, Savannah Easter and Madison Montgomery scored three apiece; and Lucie Ashkettle scored two on a lone made field goal.
Northwest hits the road on Monday for an SOC II contest at Portsmouth West.
Valley (2-7, 1-7 SOC II) will travel to South Webster on Saturday for an SOC II makeup game.
Notre Dame 63, Ironton St. Joe 20
PORTSMOUTH — By outscoring the Ironton St. Joe Lady Flyers 55-18 over the final three quarters, the Notre Dame Lady Titans picked up another Southern Ohio Conference Division I win — extending their league winning streak to 84 games.
The win improves Notre Dame to 10-1 — and to 7-0 in SOC I games.
Seven Lady Titans scored in Thursday’s 43-point (63-20) win, while all 13 ND players entered the game at some point.
Senior Ava Hassel scored a game-high 22 points on eight-made field goals and 3-of-3 shooting from the foul line.
Senior Isabel Cassidy scored 12 points — with nine of those coming from three long-range makes.
Ella Kirby scored eight points — all coming in the fourth quarter — as each of Annie Dettwiller’s eight points came in the first three periods.
Claire Dettwiller scored six points on three field goals, Katie Strickland added four points on two makes, and Gracie Ashley had three all coming in the final eight minutes.
St. Joe was led in scoring by Bella Whaley, who had six points.
ND is back in action on Saturday (Jan. 16) versus state-ranked Trimble in the first game of the annual Tri-State Hoops Throwdown at Fairland High School.
Tip time is set for 10 a.m.
East 33, Clay 31
ROSEMOUNT — A win at last.
In a road trip to face Southern Ohio Conference Division I foe Clay, the East Lady Tartans picked up a two-point (33-31) road victory — their first of the season and first in SOC I play.
After being tied with the Lady Panthers 22-all entering the final period, the Lady Tartans — now 1-7 and 1-5 in league play — won the fourth 11-9 to secure the ‘W’.
East senior Grace Smith led all scorers with a game-high 10 points on three-made field goals and 3-of-3 foul shooting.
Savannah Dingess and Kaci Conley each scored seven apiece for the Lady Tartans, while Mia Caldwell added six.
Felicia Smith and Peyton Jonson scored two points and one point, respectively, in the win.
Shaley Munion and Maggie Swayne led the Lady Panthers in scoring, each posting a team-high eight points.
East will host Rose Hill Christian (Ky.) on Monday in non-league play.
Clay (0-11, 0-7 SOC I) will be on the road for its next two games — at Eastern and Whiteoak on Saturday and Monday respectively.
Fairland 74, Portsmouth 27
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Lady Trojans fell 74-27 in Thursday’s Ohio Valley Conference home game versus Fairland.
In defeat, the Lady Trojans fell to 1-7 — and 0-7 in the OVC.
Four Lady Trojans tallied points, including 11 by freshman Emily Cheatham on two twos, two threes and 1-of-4 free throws.
Ayonna Carr —on a two, a three and split of free throws —scored six, as Nia Trinidad (two baskets and a foul shot) and Jermya Powell (one two and one three) posted five points apiece.
Portsmouth will travel for its next two games — road trips to Rock Hill on Thursday (Jan. 21) and Gallia Academy next Monday (Jan. 25).
Oak Hill 49, Eastern 35
Green 60, New Boston 31