Boys Basketball

Valley 52, Northwest 33

McDERMOTT — The Valley Indians got back on track with a 19-point (52-33) road win on Friday night over Northwest — their first victory of the new year and first since Dec. 29 after a string of quarantine postponements this month.

The win improves the Indians to 5-6 — with a 4-4 mark in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.

The Mohawks’ loss snapped their three-game winning streak, as they fell to 5-8 and 3-7 in the SOC II.

Valley sophomore George Arnett paced all scorers with a game-high 18 points on seven made field goals and a perfect 3-of-3 mark from the foul line.

Arnett was one of three Indians to reach double figures in the win, alongside Ty Perkins’ 13 points (five field goals and 3-of-4 free throws) and Bryce Stuart’s 12 (three field goals and 5-of-6 free throws).

Colt Buckle added four, Carter Nickel three and Jace Copley two to round out the Indians’ scoring in their near 20-point win.

Arnett, Nickel and Stuart had a three-point goal apiece.

Northwest got a team-high 18 points from senior big man Brycen Carver on nine made field goals.

Freshman Connor Lintz added 11 points while, senior Landen Smith and junior Brayden Campbell scored two apiece.

Lintz landed three baskets and 5-of-7 foul shots.

Northwest was back in SOC II action on Saturday night — when it hosted Oak Hill as part of its Senior Night festivities.

Valley once again hit the road on Saturday in the SOC II — when it traveled to South Webster.

Clay 47, Symmes Valley 45

PORTSMOUTH — Clay freshman Cullen Payne scored each of his six points in Friday night’s win over Symmes Valley in the fourth quarter, but none were more important than his go-ahead three-point make with just one second remaining.

The long-range make — one of five for the Panthers in their 47-45 win — put Clay on top once and for all after it led 32-25 going into the fourth quarter.

The win for Clay improves its record to 3-11 (3-6 SOC I), and avenges a 67-40 Vikings’ win in Willow Wood the Panthers suffered less than two weeks prior on Jan. 9.

Senior Clay Cottle led the Panthers with a team-high 14 points in the win, 10 of which came in the first half — as Clay held a 24-15 halftime lead.

Cottle connected on a pair of second-quarter three-point goals.

Senior Shaden Malone finished with 11 points, on five field goals and a free throw, despite going scoreless in the first half.

Carson Porginski scored eight, while Jaden Jessee and Evan Balestra scored four apiece — rounding out Clay’s scoring in the win.

Symmes Valley (4-7, 4-6 SOC I) was led in scoring by Luke Leith, who poured in a game-high 21.

Clay will travel to face the Huntington Huntsmen on Tuesday night (Jan. 26) in a non-league makeup game.

Wheelersburg 62, Portsmouth West 43

Minford 45, South Webster 32

South Point 46, Rock Hill 32

Gallia Academy 51, Ironton 46

Ironton St. Joe at New Boston, ppd.

East at Notre Dame, ppd.

Western at Green, ppd.

Oak Hill at Eastern, ppd.

Fairland at Portsmouth, ppd.