BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — January 23
South Webster 71, Valley 64
SOUTH WEBSTER — The South Webster Jeeps jumped all over the visiting Valley Indians early on, and went on to hang on for a 71-64 Southern Ohio Conference Division II makeup victory on Saturday.
The Jeeps raised their records to 6-8 and 4-7 in the SOC II, while Valley —playing just its third contest following a coronavirus quarantine —fell to 5-7 and 4-5.
South Webster went off for a 24-point first quarter, compared to only seven for the Indians.
The Jeeps jacked up some three-point shots and found their range, including three by Trae Zimmerman —South Webster’s junior scoring machine who erupted for a massive game-high 32 points.
Zimmerman added a second-quarter trifecta for four total triples, as he had five deuces as well — along with 10-of-11 second-half free throws.
The Jeeps shot plenty of those in the final quarter, enjoying a parade of 20 trips to the stripe in the final eight minutes —and meshing all but one.
They had just two field goals for the period —one by Zimmerman and another by Will Collins.
For the game, South Webster was an overwhelming 24-of-27 at the free-throw line, compared to just 6-of-6 foul shots for the Indians.
Cam Carpenter, who hit two first-quarter threes, also reached double figures for the Jeeps with 14.
Brady Blizzard added eight points and Collins converted for seven, as Jaren Lower landed a third-quarter three-pointer and 2-of-2 fourth-quarter foul shots for five.
Connor Bender bagged 5-of-6 final-quarter freebies as well.
George Arnett, on four threes and three twos, amassed a team-high 18 points to pace Valley.
The Indians amounted 10 triples as eight players reached the scoring column, as Cody Metzler made 2-of-2 foul shots.
Bryce Stuart, on three field goals including a pair of threes and the other four free throws, chipped in a dozen for the Indians.
Carter Nickel, Colt Buckle and Tucker Merritt made two deuces and one trey apiece for seven points each.
Ty Perkins posted six points on three baskets, while Jace Copley canned a two and a three.
Northwest 43, Oak Hill 35
McDERMOTT — Buoyed by Brycen Carver’s game-high 24 points on a dozen field goals, and by battling back from deficits of 23-18 at halftime and 33-31 following three frames, the Northwest Mohawks captured a 43-35 Southern Ohio Conference Division II makeup victory on Saturday night over the visiting Oak Hill Oaks.
With the win, as Northwest completed the season sweep of Oak Hill, the Mohawks moved to 6-8 —and 4-7 in the SOC II.
The Mohawks had just nine points in each of the first two quarters, but allowed only 12 second-half points by the Oaks —including only two field goals in the fourth period.
Carver scored 14 of his 24 in the second half, as freshman Connor Lintz —on four field goals and 2-of-3 free throws —chipped in 10.
He had all of his points except a first-quarter field goal in the final 16 minutes.
Dakota Secrest with two three-pointers and Jay Jenkins with one rounded out the Northwest scoring.
The Oaks, which fell to 2-11 and 1-8 with the loss, were led by Aidan Hall’s 15 points.
Three Oaks —Gavin Howell, Braylon Howell and Landon Hines —hit a three-pointer apiece.
Wheelersburg 66, South Point 44
WHEELERSBURG — The Wheelersburg Pirates doubled up the South Point Pointers 14-7 in the opening quarter, and went on to capture a 66-44 non-league makeup victory on Saturday night.
With the win, the Pirates remain undefeated at 14-0 — while the Pointers fell to 9-3.
Wheelersburg won the middle two quarters 18-15 and 18-13 to lead 32-22 at halftime and 50-35 following three, as Carter McCorkle with 23 points and Matthew Miller with another 20 almost outscored South Point by themselves.
McCorkle canned 10 total field goals including nine twos and one three, while Miller muscled for nine field goals —as McCorkle and Eli Swords swished three-point goals.
Miller and McCorkle combined to make 4-of-5 foul shots, as J.J. Truitt —on four field goals and a free throw —netted nine.
Kenny Sanderlin scored five, Aaron Jolly added an old-fashioned three-point play, Gage Adkins had a basket, and Jonah Lawson tossed in a free throw to round out the Pirates’ scoring.
Nakyan Turner and Mason Kazee, with 12 points apiece, paced the Pointers.
Portsmouth West 72, Notre Dame 40
WEST PORTSMOUTH —Simply put, the West Senators bounced back nicely from Friday night’s loss against Wheelersburg — which snapped the Senators’ eight-game win streak.
That’s because they scored 61 points over the final three quarters on Saturday night against visiting Notre Dame —dominating the Titans after the first quarter en route to capturing a convincing 72-40 non-league victory.
The Senators, which led 11-10 at the first stop, doubled up the Titans 61-30 over the final three periods.
Ryan Sissel amassed 25 points to pace West, as he poured in four twos, four threes and 5-of-7 free throws.
Rodney Moore made five baskets for 10 points, as Marion Phillips finished with nine and Noah Coleman and Jacob Davis with seven apiece.
Phillips, Coleman and Davis drained a three-point goal each.
Johnathan Strickland scored 14 points on four threes and 2-of-2 free throws for Notre Dame, which also got 10 points on four field goals and 2-of-3 freebies from Dominic Sparks.
The Senators stormed the Titans to the tune of 28-9 in the second stanza, followed up by a 24-14 outscoring of Notre Dame in the third.
West’s win raised its record to 10-4, while Notre Dame dipped to 8-4.
Waverly 82, Columbus Ready 79
Portsmouth at Minford, ppd.
East at Rose Hill Christian (Ky.), ppd.
Green at Eastern, ppd. to Feb. 16
Leesburg Fairfield 42, Minford 39
WINCHESTER — A four-point second quarter proved to be Minford’s undoing on Saturday, combined with the Lady Falcons being outscored 13-4 in that said second period.
The Lady Falcons, as a result, fell 42-39 to the Leesburg Fairfield Lions at Eastern Brown High School —part of the Southwest vs. Southeast Girls Classic.
The loss left the Lady Falcons at 4-12.
Minford outscored the Lady Lions 17-10 in the opening quarter, thanks largely to three three-point goals from freshman Kynedi Davis.
But the Lady Lions roared back to take a 23-21 halftime advantage, as the Lady Falcons only got second-period points on a free throw and field goal by Davis and a split of free throws from Micah Thacker.
The Lady Falcons turned the trick in the third quarter to cage the Lady Lions to only two Emma Fauch free throws — scoring seven themselves on two more Davis buckets, two foul shots by Bella Reffit and a split by Ally Coriell.
However, Fairfield finished the game off by winning the last stanza 17-11, as Fauch scored 13 of her team-high 17 in the canto —including her two threes and an additional 3-of-3 free throws.
She also scored on a difference-making old-fashioned three-point play.
Davis —with five twos and her three threes —poured in a game-high 20 points to lead the Lady Falcons.
Livi Shonkwiler reached double figures with 10 points on five baskets —four of them coming in the fourth quarter.
Thacker and Reffit finished with four points apiece to round out the Minford scoring.
Minford missed seven of its 13 free-throw attempts, while Fairfield finished 8-of-9.
Wheelersburg 53, Mercy McAuley 52
WINCHESTER —While Wheelersburg wasn’t its typical outside shooting self from three-point range on Saturday, the Lady Pirates still pulled off yet another victory.
This time, against Cincinnati Mercy McAuley as part of the Southwest vs. Southeast Girls Classic at Eastern Brown High School, the Lady Pirates made good on first and third-quarter efforts —en route to capturing a 53-52 win.
The Lady Pirates pushed their win streak, as a result, to eight consecutive — raising their record to 12-1 in the process.
Alaina Keeney, with 2.1 seconds remaining, was fouled on a jump shot off an inbounds play with the score tied at 52-52 —as Keeney canned the go-ahead free throw for the Lady Pirates.
Ellie Kallner then stole a McAuley inbounds pass with 1.6 seconds left, preserving Wheelersburg’s one-point win.
Wheelersburg held a 13-7 advantage after the opening quarter, only to see McAuley reverse the tide in the second stanza —and lead 26-23 at halftime.
But the third frame went Wheelersburg’s way again —as Kaylee Darnell delivered 11 of the Lady Pirates’ 16 period points, including the club’s only three-point goals on the day.
The Lady Pirates held a 39-35 advantage after the third, and held on after being outscored 17-14 in the final quarter.
Both teams made 20 total field goals, as the Lady Pirates put up 50 shots for 40-percent, while McAuley managed 54 attempts for 37-percent.
While Wheelersburg shot just 2-of-16 (13-percent) from three-point territory, it limited McAuley from deep as well —to just 16-percent on 3-of-19.
Both clubs also missed six free throws, as Wheelersburg was 11-of-17 while McAuley made 9-of-15.
Darnell dropped in a game-high 23 points on nine total field goals, which included two twos apiece in quarters one, three and four.
She also made 3-of-6 free throws, as Keeney added 11 points on five field goals — in addition to her game-winning foul shot.
Lexi Rucker — on three baskets and 3-of-3 free throws — notched nine points, while Makenna Walker wound up with seven on two buckets and 3-of-4 fourth-quarter freebies.
Kallner with a third-frame foul shot and Lauren Jolly with a second-stanza basket rounded out the Lady Pirates’ scoring.
Symmes Valley 51, East 33
WILLOW WOOD — The East Lady Tartans took a 16-12 lead after the opening quarter on Saturday in a makeup matchup at Symmes Valley, but scored just 17 combined points over the final three periods — en route to a 51-33 Southern Ohio Conference Division I loss to the host Lady Vikings.
The Lady Vikings tripled up the Lady Tartans 15-5 in the second stanza, as Grace Smith —who paced East with 15 points including the club’s only three-pointer as part of that 16-point opening salvo —scored all five.
East then only scored six points in the third frame for a 44-28 deficit, as Smith made two foul shots and Mia Caldwell canned two field goals.
Caldwell split a pair of first-quarter free throws towards five points.
Kacie Conley and Felicia Smith scored two field goals apiece, including both of Smith’s in the first period — as Savannah Dingess had three points on a first-quarter basket and fourth-quarter foul shot.
The Lady Tartans fell to 1-10 and 1-7 in the SOC I, while Symmes Valley improved its marks to 7-5 and 1-6.
Morgan Lyons, on seven field goals and 3-of-4 freebies, led the Lady Vikings and all scorers with 17 points.
Jenna Malone mustered four field goals and 2-of-4 free throws in tallying 10.
Notre Dame 46, Oak Hill 28
PORTSMOUTH — The Notre Dame Lady Titans took early advantages of 16-5 (after first quarter) and 24-9 (at halftime) over visiting Oak Hill on Saturday, and captured a 46-28 non-league victory over the Lady Oaks.
With the triumph, the Lady Titans raised their stellar record to 14-1 — as Oak Hill fell to 9-7.
Notre Dame knocked in all three of its three-point goals in the opening period, including two by Ava Hassel, who added five two-point goals over the final three periods en route to a game-high 16 points.
Claire Detwiller, on four field goals and 4-of-6 fourth-quarter free throws, dropped in a dozen —including eight points in the fourth.
Annie Detwiller and Isabel Cassidy each scored seven in the first half, as Cassidy connected for the other three-point make.
Annabelle Ball, on a fourth-quarter basket and two free throws, finished with four points.
Brooke Howard, on three total field goals including both of the team’s two treys and 6-of-6 free throws, paced the Lady Oaks with 14 points.
Chloe Chambers added eight points on four buckets, as Olivia Clarkson chipped in five on a third-quarter field goal and 3-of-4 fourth-quarter free throws.
Baylee Howell split a pair of first-quarter foul shots to round out Oak Hill’s scoring.
South Webster 82, Clay 45
SOUTH WEBSTER — The South Webster Lady Jeeps raced out to a 22-3 first-quarter lead, and scored at least 15 points in each of Saturday night’s four quarters, en route to an 82-45 non-league win over the Clay Lady Panthers.
South Webster also led 40-15 at halftime and 67-21 following three cantos.
The Lady Jeeps jumped to 10-5 with the win, while the Lady Panthers remained winless at 0-13.
Bri Claxon poured in 25 points to pace the winners, amounting 11 deuces and one trey.
Skylar Zimmerman, on five total field goals including two of the squad’s five trifectas, followed Claxon with 15 points.
Faith Maloney managed a dozen on five baskets and 2-of-2 free throws, while Bella Claxon added 11 counters.
Kerith Wright with seven points, Riley Raynard with a fourth-quarter two and three for five points, Alivia Hanes with a fourth-period basket and free throw, and Liz Shupert and Grace Baker with a bucket apiece rounded out the South Webster scoring.
Shaley Munion —on three twos, three threes and 2-of-2 fourth-quarter free throws —paced Clay with 17 points.
Megan Bazler, on three total field goals including the club’s only other triple and 3-of-5 foul shots, tacked on 10.
Tabby Whitt with three baskets for six points, Kat Cochran with five on a fourth-quarter two and three, Kenzie Loper with two buckets for four, and Kyleigh Oliver with a second-quarter three-ball rounded out the scoring for Clay.
The Lady Panthers posted 24 of their 45 points in the final stanza —as Munion made a three for their only first-period points.
Waverly 59, Hillsboro 44
HILLSBORO — The Waverly Lady Tigers outscored host Hillsboro 48-32 over the final three quarters on Saturday, and captured a 59-44 non-league win.
The Lady Tigers raised their record to 12-3, as they pulled away from a 12-11 edge at the opening stop — with an 18-8 outscoring of the Indians in the second eight minutes.
Paige Carter’s impressive double-double for Waverly included a game-high 22 points on eight field goals and 6-of-7 free throws, as she also secured 14 rebounds and blocked four shots.
Zoiee Smith nearly recorded a triple-double — totaling 14 points on five baskets and 4-of-5 foul shots — while dishing out 10 assists, grabbing nine rebounds and making off with five steals.
Kelli Stewart scored eight second-half points on three field goals and 2-of-4 charity tosses, while Sarah Thompson ripped down a dozen rebounds in addition to two field goals.
In addition for the Tigers, Michaela Rhoads registered a first-half three-pointer and two free throws for five points, Carli Knight netted three points, and Ava Little landed a third-quarter trifecta.
Valley at Adena, ppd.
Green at Rock Hill, ppd.
January 25 — Girls Basketball
Wheelersburg 51, Minford 22
WHEELERSBURG — A pair of 25 and 26-point halves, and excellent defense, helped guide the Wheelersburg Lady Pirates to a 29-point (51-22) win over Minford in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.
The win extended Wheelersburg’s remarkable SOC II winning streak to 40 games — and helped improve its record this season to 13-1 (12-0 SOC II).
Kaylee Darnell scored nine of her game-high 13 points during the second half of Monday night’s win — as the lone player on both squads to reach double figures in scoring.
Alaina Keeney posted seven of her nine points in the second quarter; Lexie Rucker scored each of her six points in the first three quarters; and Ellie Kallner, Madison Whittaker and Makenna Walker each scored five points for the Lady Pirates.
Lauren Jolly’s four fourth-quarter points, and second half two-point buckets by Lyndsay Heimbach and Kiera Kennard, helped round out ‘Burg’s scoring as it led at every stop.
Keeney connected for two of Wheelersburg’s three made threes.
Kynedi Davis led the Lady Falcons with a team-high eight points on two made field goals and 3-of-3 foul shooting.
Senior Ally Coriell scored all seven of her points in the fourth quarter.
Bella Reffit added five and Addy Akers had two, as the Lady Falcons fell to 4-13 (3-10 SOC II).
Wheelersburg will return home, and return to SOC II action, on Thursday night against Waverly.
Ironton St. Joe 52, Clay 34
IRONTON — The Ironton St. Joseph Lady Flyers earned a Southern Ohio Conference Division I home win over Clay on Monday by an 18-point (52-34) margin.
Emma Whaley scored a game-high 26 points for St. Joe (3-11, 3-6 SOC I), including knocking down five of the Lady Flyers’ eight made threes.
Shaley Munion scored 12 second-half points as part of her 14-point outing to lead Clay in scoring, ahead of Kat Cochran, who scored 11 on four made field goals.
Kenzie Loper added five, Maggie Swayne three and Megan Bazler one as the Lady Panthers fell to 0-14 (0-8 SOC I).
Cochran with three, Munion with two and Loper and Swayne with one apiece accounted for the Lady Panthers’ seven three-point goals on 35 attempts.
Clay was originally scheduled to travel to East on Thursday in the SOC I, but that matchup has now been shifted to Clay High School (6 p.m. tipoff) in Rosemount.
Northwest 57, South Webster 40
Portsmouth West at Valley, ppd.
Eastern at Waverly, ppd.
Portsmouth at Gallia Academy, ppd.
Western at East, ppd.
Notre Dame at New Boston, ppd. to Jan. 30
Green at Symmes Valley, ppd. to Jan. 30