BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — January 18
Wheelersburg 51, Oak Hill 38
OAK HILL — As things went on, the better it looked for the Wheelersburg Lady Pirates in their 13-point (51-38) road win over Oak Hill in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.
The Lady Pirates led at every stop for their 38th straight SOC II win — 14-5 after one, by 14 at half (26-12), and by 18 after three (41-23).
Wheelersburg (10-1, 10-0 SOC II) had seven scorers in the win, led by senior Kaylee Darnell’s team-high 14-point outing.
Madison Whitaker and Ellie Kallner connected on each of the Lady Pirates’ five made threes — three for Kallner for her nine points and two for Whittaker for her 10-point effort.
Lyndsay Heimbach scored eight as she and Lauren Jolly combined to score 11 of Wheelersburg’s 15 third-quarter points.
Lexie Rucker added three and Macee Eaton one in the Lady Pirates’ sixth-straight win to start 2021.
Oak Hill’s Brooke Howard scored 17 of the Lady Oaks’ 38 points — as they fell to 9-5 with a 7-4 mark in league play.
Wheelersburg will travel to Northwest on Thursday in another key SOC II matchup.
Oak Hill, also in the SOC II, travels to Waverly on Thursday.
Waverly 59, Minford 41
MINFORD — The Waverly Lady Tigers, thanks to a big first half, captured an 18-point (59-41) road win over Minford on Monday in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.
Lady Tigers senior Zoiee Smith posted a game-high 27 points on 10 field goals and 4-of-4 foul shooting, scoring 16 of Waverly’s 35 first-half points — and setting up its 19-point halftime lead (35-16).
Waverly improved to 10-3 (6-3 SOC II) with the win, while the Lady Falcons fell to 3-11 (2-9 SOC II).
Carli Knight and Paige Carter each added eight points to help outscore Minford as a trio.
Lady Falcons senior Livi Shonkwiler scored a team-high 11 points — nine of which came in the second half.
Ally Coriell added 10 points, ahead of Bella Reffit and Kynedi Davis, who scored eight points apiece.
Micah Thacker scored four on a pair of field goals — one each in the first and fourth quarters.
Minford is set to play Fairfield on Saturday (Jan. 23) as part of the Southwest vs. Southeast Girls Showcase hosted by Eastern Brown.
But first, on Thursday night, the Lady Falcons play host to Valley in the SOC II.
Waverly will host Oak Hill on Thursday in the league.
Western 46, New Boston 37
NEW BOSTON — Leading by one at halftime (22-21), the Western Lady Indians made their move in the third period — and captured a nine-point (46-37) road win over New Boston in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play.
The Lady Indians outscored the Lady Tigers 17-7 in the third, helping extend their lead heading into the fourth quarter.
With the win, Western improves to 3-8 (3-4 SOC I), while New Boston falls to 6-7 (5-3 SOC I).
The Lady Tigers were led in scoring by Shelby Easter’s nine points — ahead of Cadence Williams, Kenzie Whitley and Dylan O’Rourke — who each finished with eight.
All four finished with three field goals apiece, including a pair of three-pointers from Whitley.
Cassie Williams added four points to round out NB’s scoring.
Kenzie Ferneau with 16 points with four made threes, and Brooklyn Tackett with 15 points on five field goals and 5-of-8 free throws, paced the Lady Indians and all scorers.
New Boston is back in action on Thursday (Jan. 21), as it hosts Ironton St. Joe in seeking its sixth league win of the season.
Tip time is set for 6 p.m.
Rose Hill Christian (Ky.) 45, East 42
SCIOTOVILLE — The East Lady Tartans nearly secured their second win in four days, narrowly falling to the visiting Rose Hill Christian Lady Royals by a three-point (45-42) margin in non-league play.
The Lady Tartans overcame a 13-4 first-quarter deficit to tie things up at 22-all by halftime, but were unable to overcome Rose Hill’s 23-point second-half total.
Senior Grace Smith led East with a team-high 13 points, while Mia Caldwell scored 12 to reach double figures.
Felicia Smith scored eight, Kacie Conley had seven, and Peyton Johnson had two for the Lady Tartans.
East (1-8, 1-5 SOC I) will host league leader Notre Dame on Thursday in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play.
Whiteoak 49, Clay 30
Green at Ironton St. Joseph, ppd.
Eastern at South Webster, ppd.
Northwest at West, ppd.
Valley at Notre Dame, ppd.
Notre Dame 58, Oak Hill 52
Northwest 44, Eastern 39
Wheelersburg 56, Valley 33
LUCASVILLE — Buoyed by a 30-9 halftime advantage, including a second stanza in which Wheelersburg held host Valley to two Bryce Stuart free throws, the undefeated Pirates pushed to a 56-33 Southern Ohio Conference Division II victory on Tuesday night.
The Pirates are now a perfect 10-0 in the SOC II, and 12-0 overall — extending their league winning streak to 20 games in the process.
Wheelersburg, which won its season opener over visiting Valley 65-60, completed the season sweep of the young Indians —which were returning to play for the first time in two weeks due to a coronavirus quarantine.
The Indians are now 4-6 and 3-4 in the SOC II, as they scored seven first-period points and only the Stuart foul shots in the second.
Wheelersburg led 19-7 after the opening quarter and 38-21 following the third.
Three Pirates placed in double figures — led by Matthew Miller with 15 points on five field goals and 5-of-6 free throws.
Eli Swords and J.J. Truitt — who hit two three-pointers apiece — tallied 14 and 11 points respectively, as Truitt made 3-of-7 free throws.
Carter McCorkle scored six points, Aaron Jolly and Kenny Sanderlin scored two baskets apiece, and Jonah Lawson landed a bucket.
Stuart sank 6-of-7 free throws plus two field goals, as he and George Arnett led the Indians with 10 points apiece.
Jace Copley canned three baskets for six points, and Ty Perkins posted two field goals for four.
Cody Metzler (two) and Carter Nickel (one) combined for three fourth-quarter free throws.
Valley visits Northwest on Friday night in the SOC II, while Wheelersburg plays host to West on Friday night in the league.
Waverly 64, South Webster 45
WAVERLY — The South Webster Jeeps fell victim to Trey Robertson on Tuesday night — the Waverly Tigers’ junior scoring machine.
That’s because Robertson scored his 1,000th career point, and the Tigers topped the visiting Jeeps 64-45 inside Waverly’s historic Downtown Arena.
Robertson, who poured in 28 of the Tigers’ 64 points on 11 total field goals and 5-of-6 first-half foul shots, scored a second-quarter basket for his milestone marker.
The Tigers roared out to a 23-9 first-quarter advantage, then led 35-26 at halftime — followed by a 16-5 outscoring of South Webster in the third period.
Robertson and Peyton Harris had the Tigers’ two three-point goals, as post players Will Futhey (16 points) and Zeke Brown (10) bagged a combined 26 counters.
Trae Zimmerman, who scored all five of South Webster’s third-period points, paced the Jeeps once again with 14 points (six field goals and 2-of-3 free throws).
Connor Bender added eight on four first-half baskets, as four Jeeps — Brock Campbell, Jaren Lower, Brady Blizzard and Myles Beasley — all finished with five.
Campbell, Lower, Blizzard, Beasley and Cam Carpenter connected for a three-pointer apiece, as Blizzard bucketed a pair of fourth-quarter free throws.
The loss dropped the Jeeps to 6-7 — and to 3-6 in the Southern Ohio Conference Division II.
The Tigers raised their records to 7-3 and 5-2, and remain in the league championship chase behind division leader Wheelersburg (10-0 SOC II).
South Webster will return home, and return to SOC II action, on Friday night against Minford.
Chesapeake at Portsmouth, ppd.
Ironton St. Joseph at Notre Dame, ppd.
East at Symmes Valley, ppd.
Clay at Western, ppd.
Green at New Boston, ppd.