Portsmouth’s Dariyonne Bryant dunks the ball during the Trojans’ Ohio Valley Conference boys basketball game at South Point on Friday night.

Courtesy of Tim Gearhart

New Boston senior Kyle Sexton grabbed his 1,000th career rebound during the Tigers’ 93-42 non-league boys basketball victory over visiting Southern on Saturday night.

Submitted photo


Boys Basketball

Portsmouth West 58, Waverly 57

South Point 56, Portsmouth 46

SOUTH POINT — The Portsmouth Trojans’ third frame was indeed their downfall on Friday night.

The visiting Trojans took a 23-22 halftime lead at South Point, but scored just a Miles Shipp bucket in the third quarter —en route to falling 56-46 in an Ohio Valley Conference contest.

The Pointers, conversely, put up 15 third-period points for a 37-25 advantage, as Portsmouth pumped in 21 fourth-quarter counters compared to 19 for South Point.

The loss left the Trojans at 5-4 and 3-4 in the OVC, as Portsmouth defeated South Point in the two teams’ season opener on Dec. 22.

That remains the Pointers’ lone loss, as South Point pushed its records to 7-1 and 5-1 following Friday’s rematch.

As part of the return tilt, the Pointers had their top player back this time —as Austin Webb was out injured in the opener.

Webb went off for 20 points including four three-pointers, as Mason Kazee canned four three-balls towards a game-high 22.

Five players scored for the Trojans, and they did demonstrate balance —but just couldn’t overcome the third.

Shipp sank six baskets for a team-high dozen points, as Dariyonne Bryant bagged 10 on four field goals.

Donavon Carr collected nine points on three buckets and 3-of-5 free throws, Chris Duff drained five free throws towards eight points, and Drew Roe recorded three field goals for seven.

Bryant, Roe and Duff dialed in a three-point goal apiece.

The Trojans return home, and return for a pair of OVC bouts, against Chesapeake on Tuesday night and Fairland on Friday night.

Northwest 54, Oak Hill 37

OAK HILL — The Northwest Mohawks stymied the host Oak Hill Oaks to single digits in three of the four quarters on Friday night, and captured a 54-37 Southern Ohio Conference Division II victory.

The Oaks scored 15 points in the second quarter to trail 27-22 at halftime, but the Mohawks put the hammer down by holding Oak Hill to seven first-quarter points (15-7 Northwest lead), nine third-period counters (40-31), and finally only six fourth-frame markers.

The Mohawks had a parade to the free-throw line as well, meshing 19 of their massive 39 attempts —including 16-of 21 from freshman Connor Lintz, who poured in a game-high 22 points.

Lintz landed 15-of-19 free throws following the first quarter, and added three two-point goals for those 22.

The Oaks, meanwhile, manged just eight attempts and sank six.

Dakota Secrest, with three second-half three-pointers in addition to a first-quarter deuce, added 11 points.

Brycen Carver, on four baskets and 2-of-6 free throws, tallied 10 points — as Brayden Campbell converted for three field goals for seven.

Jay Jenkins with a trifecta and Caleb Scoggins with a foul shot rounded out the Northwest scoring.

Oak Hill had eight players score, but only Braylon Howell had double figures — three three-pointers and a freebie for 10 points.

With the win, Northwest raised its record to 3-7 — and to 2-6 in the SOC II.

The Oaks, meanwhile, fell to 2-8 and 1-6 in the division.

New Boston 74, Clay 44

ROSEMOUNT — Kyle Sexton needed only seven rebounds for 1,000.

Instead, he had to settle for a triple-double on Friday night — in New Boston’s Southern Ohio Conference Division I contest against host Clay.

Sexton scored 16 points, dished out 10 assists and made off with 10 steals in helping lead the Tigers to a 74-44 rout of the Panthers.

Of the seven rebounds he needed for another career milestone, he grabbed five.

For the defending SOC I champion Tigers, they raised their record to 12-1 —including a perfect 8-0 in the league.

New Boston also extended its league winning streak to 23 games, as the Tigers pulled away from a 26-19 halftime advantage by erupting for 29 third-quarter points —compared to a game-low eight in the period for the Panthers.

The Tigers book-ended their latest SOC I win with a pair of 19-point quarters.

New Boston also made as many free throws (11) as Clay attempted, as the Tigers tallied 20 tries — with 4-of-7 from Sexton in addition to six baskets.

Four Tigers scored in double figures —as De’Von Jones led with 19 on eight total field goals and 2-of-3 foul shots.

Chase Clark, on three deuces and four treys with Jones having the Tigers’ other, followed Jones with 18 points —as Sexton was next with his 16.

Tanner Voiers, on six baskets and 3-of-6 free throws, followed with 15.

Ten different Panthers scored, as Shaden Malone —on three field goals and 2-of-4 free throws — paced Clay with eight points.

Gavin Cayton was next with seven, as the Panthers —whose non-league game against Rock Hill on Saturday night was postponed —fell to 2-11 and 2-6.

Notre Dame 59, Symmes Valley 44

PORTSMOUTH — In trailing visiting Symmes Valley 20-17 at halftime on Friday night, and scoring only six second-period points, the Notre Dame Titans turned the trick on the Vikings when it mattered most.

Buoyed by outscoring Symmes Valley 19-6 in the final stanza, the Titans triumphed 59-44 in a Southern Ohio Conference Division I tilt —and raised their records 7-3 and 5-2 in the SOC I.

The Titans turned that halftime deficit into a narrow 40-38 lead following three frames, scoring 23 points and on the aid of six three-point goals in the quarter.

In the fourth canto, the Titans took their game to the free-throw line —attempting 11 of their game 16 and sinking seven.

Notre Dame drained 10 free throws for the entire affair — as the Vikings only attempted 10.

They made seven, which was the same number of triples that Johnathan Strickland splashed for the Titans —en route to a career-high 32 points.

Strickland went off for 24 of his 32 in the second half, and added three twos and 5-of-5 free throws to his seven treys.

Caleb Nichols, Dylan Seison and Jackson Clark all added eight points — as Nichols nailed two threes, Seison scored three field goals including a three and a free throw, and Clark connected on two buckets and 4-of-4 fourth-quarter foul shots.

Jermaine Powell popped a first-quarter three-ball to round out the Titans’ scoring, as Notre Dame dialed up for 11 total three-point makes.

The Vikings were paced by a pair of double-digit scorers — Caden Brammer on two threes and 6-of-6 free throws for 12 and Luke Leith on five field goals and a freebie for 11.

Drew Scherer scored eight — including a pair of first-quarter three-pointers.

The Titans returned home, and returned to SOC I action, against Ironton St. Joseph on Tuesday.

Green 68, East 32

SCIOTOVILLE — By stymieing the host East Tartans to single digits in the final three quarters, and outscoring them by a hefty 30 points (52-22) over the same span, the Green Bobcats captured their second consecutive victory.

The Bobcats, in Friday’s Southern Ohio Conference Division I contest, rolled past East 68-32 to improve to 3-8 and 2-5 in the SOC I.

Green held a 16-10 advantage after the opening quarter, then erupted for 23-second period points to lead 39-18 at halftime.

The Bobcats built upon that lead to make it 58-24 following three frames.

Green’s scoring machine Levi Sampson, on 9-of-16 shooting and 8-of-11 from the line, poured in 26 points to pace the winners.

In fact, he completed a triple-double in pulling down half (16) of the Bobcats’ 32 rebounds, and making off with 14 of the team’s 24 steals.

Three Bobcats — Levi Blevins on five total field goals, Levi Singleton on four total field goals and Wiley Sanders on four baskets and 3-of-5 free throws — added 11 points apiece.

Singleton with three and Blevins with one accounted for all four of Green’s three-pointers, as it shot exactly 25-percent (4-of-16) from deep.

The Bobcats, as a team, shot 42-percent overall on 25-of-60.

Ethan Huffman had eight points on three buckets and 2-of-2 freebies, while Levi Waddell rounded out Green’s scoring with a free throw.

Sanders secured seven rebounds, while Huffman had a half-dozen assists AND steals.

The Tartans, which fell to 0-8 and 0-7 in SOC I, got half (16) of their 32 points from Landehn Pernell.

Pernell had eight baskets on 13 total shots including a dozen from inside the arc, as East only shot 33-percent (15-of-45) from the field — and did not make any of its seven three-point tries.

Eastern at Minford, ppd.

Valley at South Webster, ppd. to Jan. 23

Western at Ironton St. Joe, ppd. to Feb. 6

Gallia Academy 50, Chesapeake 41

Fairland 54, Coal Grove 39

January 16

Boys Basketball

Wheelersburg 66, Portsmouth 41

Northwest 60, East 17

McDERMOTT — The Northwest Mohawks made it back-to-back victories, and did so in less than 20 hours.

On Saturday afternoon, following Friday night’s win at Oak Hill, the Mohawks made it two in a row —having no trouble turning back the East Tartans 60-17 in a non-league bout.

Northwest’s win moved it to 4-7, while the visiting Tartans remained winless at 0-8.

The Mohawks held leads of 12-4 following the first quarter, 33-6 at halftime, and 51-15 at the third stop.

Ten different Mohawks hit the scoring column, as Brayden Campbell —on five field goals and 4-of-4 free throws through the opening three periods —paced the winners with 14 points.

Connor Lintz tallied 10 points on four baskets and 2-of-3 free throws, as Dakota Secrest and Tanner Bolin —on one deuce and two treys apiece —bagged eight points each.

Jay Jenkins chipped in six points on three field goals, while Landen Smith swished a two and a three for five.

Four Tartans tallied points —Austin Baughman with seven, Matt Flannery with five on a third-quarter two and three, Landehn Pernell with an old-fashioned three-point play in the third, and Levi Justice with a first-quarter two.

Baughman had two twos in the opening salvo, and 3-of-5 second-half free throws for East’s high-point honors.

The Tartans travel to Symmes Valley on Tuesday night in the Southern Ohio Conference Division I, while the Mohawks venture to Eastern on Tuesday night in the SOC II.

South Webster 71, Oak Hill 63

SOUTH WEBSTER —Simply put, Saturday night’s win over Oak Hill was also a career-best night for South Webster junior Trae Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, in helping guide the Jeeps to an eight-point (71-63) home win over the Oaks in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play, poured in a career-high 39 points on 13 made field goals and 12-of-13 shooting from the foul line.

The win improves South Webster to .500 overall at a 6-6 mark — and 3-5 in league play.

By halftime, Zimmerman had scored a game-high 22 points, finishing the final 16 minutes with another 17.

Jeeps sophomore Jaren Lower banged home a pair of three-point attempts to help reach double figures with 10 points.

Junior Brady Blizzard added nine points, all coming in the second half of play.

Connor Bender scored seven for South Webster, Cam Carpenter had four and Myles Beasley had two.

Aidan Hall led the Oaks with a team-high 18 points, ahead of Braylon Howell who finished with 14.

The Jeeps are back in action on Tuesday night with an SOC II road game against Waverly.

Oak Hill (2-9, 1-7) has two SOC II road shows coming this week — at Eastern on Friday night and at Northwest on Saturday night.

Green 76, Symmes Valley 65

FRANKLIN FURNACE — The boys in the Furnace are beginning to heat up.

That’s because the Green Bobcats, on Saturday in a Southern Ohio Conference Division I makeup matchup against visiting Symmes Valley, buckled down and started hitting — and ultimately captured their third consecutive win.

In erasing an 18-10 first-stop deficit, the Bobcats blitzed the Vikings for at least 20 points over the final three quarters —going on to win 76-65 and making it three SOC I wins in a row.

With the latest triumph, Green gained on its record to 4-8 —and to 3-5 for the league.

The Vikings fell to 4-6, and to 4-5 in the SOC I.

The Bobcats, in battling back, outscored Symmes Valley 25-15 in the second stanza to take a 35-33 halftime lead.

They increased it to 56-48 following the third quarter, then outputted the Vikings 20-11 in the last canto.

The Bobcats dressed just seven players, but five of them scored, including a pair of 27-point explosions by sophomore Levi Sampson and senior Ethan Huffman.

Sampson scorched the nets for five two-pointers, four three-pointers and 5-of-9 from the foul line, while Huffman hit a perfect 11-of-11 free throws in addition to eight hoops.

The Bobcats shot 21 free throws and sank 16, while the Vikings only attempted — and made —just six.

Levi Blevins and Levi Singleton, on one deuce and two treys apiece, added eight points.

Wiley Sanders scored six points on three buckets to round out the Green scoring.

Symmes Valley had three players place in double figures —as Luke Leith lit the scoreboard up for 21 points with nine field goals and 3-of-3 free throws.

Eli Patterson pumped in 14 points on six baskets and 2-of-2 foul shots, while Levi Best buried four field goals —including two trifectas — for 10 points.

The Bobcats return to SOC I play on Tuesday —when they travel to league leader New Boston.

Tip time is set for 6 p.m.

New Boston 93, Southern 42

NEW BOSTON — The New Boston Tigers kept the train rolling on Saturday night — with a 51-point (93-42) home win over Southern in non-league play.

The win helped elevate the Tigers to a 13-1 record, and saw senior forward Kyle Sexton eclipse 1,000 career rebounds in a Tiger uniform.

Sexton scored his 1,000th career point during his junior season, making Saturday’s accomplishment the second time the reigning OPSWA Southeast District Division IV Player of the Year has achieved the millennium mark statistically.

Senior Tanner Voiers also got in on the fun by scoring a career-high 36 points on 14 made field goals which included seven threes — 34 of those points which came during the game’s first three quarters as NB built up a 77-29 lead.

Sexton and senior Chase Clark each scored 20 points apiece — Sexton doing so on 10 made field goals and Clark on eight, four of which were part of NB’s 12-made three-point effort.

De’Von Jones scored seven of his 10 points during the Tigers’ 30-point first quarter.

Hunter Easter scored three as Josh Tabor and Kage Truitt added two points apiece.

New Boston will look to continue its unbeaten start in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play — when it’ll host Green and Ironton St. Joe on Tuesday night and Friday night respectively.

Ironton St. Joe 67, Coal Grove 60

Heath 53, Waverly 47 (2OT)

Rock Hill at Clay, ppd.

Girls Basketball

Wheelersburg 53, Waverly 35

Notre Dame 66, Trimble 58 (at Fairland HS)

South Webster 59, Valley 31

SOUTH WEBSTER — A strong first half, followed by an even stronger second, helped the South Webster Lady Jeeps earn a 28-point (59-31) Southern Ohio Conference Division II win over Valley on Saturday.

The win, as a result of a makeup contest between the two teams, elevated the Lady Jeeps to 8-5 — and to 6-4 in SOC II play.

Four Lady Jeeps accounted for each of their points in the weekend win — with each scoring in double figures.

Junior Bri Claxon led all scorers with a game-high 22 points on 10 field goals — six coming in the second half — and 2-of-3 free throws.

Junior Faith Maloney added 14 points on seven made field goals.

Freshmen Bella Claxon and Skylar Zimmerman connected on each of SW’s three made three-points attempts — Zimmerman hitting two as part of her 10 points and Claxon one as she scored a season-high 13 points in the win.

The Lady Indians — now 2-8 and 1-8 in the SOC II — were led in scoring by Lexie Morrow and Lucie Ashkettle, who scored six points apiece.

A trio of Valley players added five points on Saturday — Caitlin Kennard, Addalyn Conaway and Madison Montgomery.

South Webster was scheduled to play an SOC II game versus Eastern on Monday, but that game was postponed to a later date.

The Lady Jeeps are scheduled to play a non-league tilt at Ironton St. Joseph on Wednesday.

Valley is set to face visiting Eastern on Wednesday (Jan. 20) in an SOC II makeup matchup.

Minford 49, New Boston 31

MINFORD — The Minford Lady Falcons, in a non-league makeup game on Saturday, defeated non-league New Boston by a count of 49-31.

The Lady Falcons flew out to a 12-3 lead following the opening quarter, as the visiting Lady Tigers managed only an old-fashioned three-point play from Cadence Williams.

Minford then led 20-11 at halftime, as New Boston’s second-period points consisted of two-point goals by Williams, senior Shelby Easter and Kenzie Whitley — while Williams made two foul shots.

The Falcons then outscored the Tigers 18-6 in the third quarter, and added 19 to their total in the last.

Whitley had all three baskets for the six for New Boston in the third.

Minford senior standout Livi Shonkwiler scored 16 points to pace the winners —all coming on eight baskets.

Kynedi Davis dropped in 11 on four field goals and a split of fourth-quarter charity tosses, as senior Micah Thacker tacked on 10 points on five hoops.

Ally Coriell, another senior, added eight for Minford —as Carly Thoroughman mustered four fourth-quarter points to close out the Falcons’ scoring.

Whitley with a game-high 18 points, Williams with eight and Easter with five were the Lady Tigers’ trio of scorers.

Whitley finished with seven twos, the Tigers’ triple, and a split of fourth-quarter free throws.

Minford, with the win, raised its record to 3-10, while the five-lady Lady Tigers —playing their fifth game in eight days on Saturday — slipped to an even 6-6.

Rose Hill Christian (Ky.) 45, Ironton St. Joe 31

Clay at Eastern, ppd.

Portsmouth’s Dariyonne Bryant dunks the ball during the Trojans’ Ohio Valley Conference boys basketball game at South Point on Friday night.’s Dariyonne Bryant dunks the ball during the Trojans’ Ohio Valley Conference boys basketball game at South Point on Friday night. Courtesy of Tim Gearhart

New Boston senior Kyle Sexton grabbed his 1,000th career rebound during the Tigers’ 93-42 non-league boys basketball victory over visiting Southern on Saturday night. Boston senior Kyle Sexton grabbed his 1,000th career rebound during the Tigers’ 93-42 non-league boys basketball victory over visiting Southern on Saturday night. Submitted photo