BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD — February 3
Notre Dame 54, Symmes Valley 24
Western 53, East 20
LATHAM — The East Lady Tartans tallied 20 total points, and lost a Southern Ohio Conference Division I makeup matchup with Western on Wednesday — by a count of 53-20.
East only scored four points apiece in the first, second and final quarters —sandwiched around an eight-point effort in the third.
Gracie Smith scored 10 points to pace the Lady Tartans —on four field goals and 2-of-2 fourth-quarter free throws.
Savannah Dingess and Felicia Smith scored two baskets apiece for four points, while Mia Caldwell connected for a second-stanza two.
The loss dropped the Lady Tartans to 1-12, and to 1-9 in the SOC I.
Western, which evened its league record to 4-4 and part of 4-8 overall, played eight players compared to East’s seven — and saw seven score.
Three Lady Indians —Kenzi Ferneau with 14, Jordyn Rittenhouse with 13 and Alyssa Marhoover with 10 —all reached double figures.
East returns to the road, and returns to SOC I action, at Ironton St. Joseph on Monday (6 p.m.)
West 74, Ironton St. Joseph 24
WEST PORTSMOUTH — The West Lady Senators scored more points in the opening half (34) than the visiting Ironton St. Joseph Lady Flyers did for the entire game (24).
Then, in fact, the Lady Senators (22) almost outscored St. Joe (24) for the entire game in the third quarter alone.
West scored at least 14 points in every quarter on Wednesday, winning a non-league encounter by a count of 74-24 for its third consecutive victory.
The Lady Senators raised their record to 9-6, while St. Joe slipped to 3-13.
The Lady Flyers’ first-period point was a mere Gracie Damron free throw, while West scored 14 in the frame and never looked back.
The Senators showed great balance in scoring, as Maelynn Howell and Charlie Jo Howard had 13 points apiece to lead the way —and Haley Coleman contributed 11 including 5-of-6 free throws.
Eden Cline chipped in nine points as Sydney McDermott added eight, and Abby Adkins and Lexi Deaver dropped in six points apiece —including Deaver with a pair of three-pointers.
Elisa Andre with a deuce and a trey for five points, Emma Sayre with a third-quarter hoop, and Keima Bennett with a pair of first-quarter free throws rounded out the Lady Senators’ scoring.
Emma Whaley, with a pair of second-quarter threes and free throws along with a fourth-quarter bucket, was the Lady Flyers’ high point with 10.
Bella Whaley was next with three second-half three-balls, as Laiken Unger added a third-quarter field goal.
Chloe Sheridan in the second quarter, like Damron in the first, made a free throw for St. Joe.
Minford 54, Waverly 50
WAVERLY — Sometimes, it is all about how you start.
For the Minford Lady Falcons, in Wednesday night’s Southern Ohio Conference Division II makeup matchup against the host Waverly Tigers, that was the difference.
That’s because the Lady Falcons forged eight two-point goals and a 16-10 advantage at the first stop, and their slim lead held up the remainder of the way — as Minford won its second consecutive contest with a 54-50 victory.
With the win, Minford moved to 6-13 and to 4-10 in the SOC II, while Waverly — which has played without injured senior standout Zoiee Smith for its past three games —fell to 13-6 and 8-5.
Both teams tied 8-8 in the second stanza, and although Waverly won the second half 32-30, the Falcons hung on for the win —in part by making 5-of-7 fourth-quarter free throws and freshman Kynedi Davis draining Minford’s only three-point goal.
Minford’s Ally Coriell, going against the tall Tigers, poured in a team-high 19 points on nine baskets and a split of fourth-quarter freebies.
Right behind her was fellow senior and usual Lady Falcon leading scorer Livi Shonkwiler, as she scored 14 of her 18 points — on eight buckets and 2-of-4 foul shots — after halftime.
In the third quarter, Shonkwiler with three baskets and Coriell with two combined for all 10 of the Lady Falcons’ points.
Davis, with 11 points, delivered three first-half twos along with her final-quarter triple and two free throws.
Bella Reffit with two first-quarter buckets, and Micah Thacker with a second-stanza field goal, rounded out the Minford scoring.
The Tigers too only had one three-pointer —by Paige Carter in the final period.
The Tigers trailed the Falcons for field goals advantage 23-20, as Carter collected a game-high 20 points on seven total field goals and 5-of-5 second-half free throws.
Carter completed a double-double with 10 rebounds, and made off with three steals.
Kelli Stewart scored 13 of her 19 points after halftime, including an old-fashioned three-point play in the fourth, as she nearly notched a double-double with nine rebounds — while also recording five takeaways.
Carli Knight netted five points on two buckets and a free throw, as her all-around good game included seven assists, six steals and four caroms.
Rock Hill 46, Portsmouth 23
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Lady Trojans tallied just a dozen total points through the final three quarters on Wednesday night, and suffered a 46-23 doubling up by the Rock Hill Redwomen in an Ohio Valley Conference makeup contest.
The two teams tied 11-11 in the first quarter — but the Trojans scored just six markers in the second, an Ayonna Carr basket in the third, and finally four points in the fourth.
Rock Hill held a 20-17 halftime advantage, but outscored Portsmouth 14-2 in the third frame — followed by a 12-4 output in the last.
The loss left the Lady Trojans at 1-9 and 0-9 in the OVC, while the Redwomen improved to 5-14 and 4-7.
Emily Cheatham, on three three-point goals, paced Portsmouth with nine points.
Carr canned a triple of her own in the opening salvo, and added 3-of-4 foul shots in addition to her third-quarter deuce.
Nia Trinidad in the first quarter, Lexi Potts in the second, and Kirsten Reid in the fourth all scored two-point goals.
Rock Hill had three players —Hadyn Bailey, Hope Easterling and Emma Scott —score a dozen points apiece.
Oak Hill 72, Eastern 35
New Boston at Green, ppd.
Wheelersburg 65, Minford 42
WHEELERSBURG —The Wheelersburg blitz continued on Wednesday night —in a Southern Ohio Conference Division II makeup matchup against the visiting Minford Falcons.
The undefeated Pirates posted at least 18 points in the opening three periods, and rolled to a 65-42 victory —their 22nd straight in the SOC II.
Wheelersburg, with the win, is now a perfect 16-0 —and 12-0 in the division.
The Falcons fell to 8-7, and to 7-6 in the league.
The Pirates complete the season sweep of the Falcons, having won a defensive-oriented 44-28 outcome in the opening meeting.
In the return tilt, Wheelersburg raced out to an 18-7 advantage at the first stop, extended its lead to 40-22 at halftime, and doubled up the Falcons in the third frame for a 58-31 command following three.
Carter McCorkle, on six two-pointers and 6-of-6 foul shots, led the winners with 18 points —as Matthew Miller mustered 17 points on seven deuces and one trey, all occurring before the fourth quarter.
Eli Swords swished three three-pointers for nine points, as J.J. Truitt tallied two triples and a split of third-quarter foul shots for seven.
Gage Adkins added two second-stanza two-pointers and a split of third-frame freebies for five points, Kenny Sanderlin scored two second-half baskets for four, Braxton Rase recorded a fourth-period three, and Cooper McKenzie connected for a fourth-quarter field goal.
Trenton Zimmerman made three threes and a two to lead the Falcons in scoring with 11 points.
Elijah Vogelsong-Lewis added eight on four field goals, as Drew Skaggs scored seven on two twos and a second-quarter three.
Skyler Knore knocked down a second-quarter three and a fourth-quarter two for five points.
Both teams return home — and return to SOC II action —on Friday night, with Wheelersburg hosting Waverly and Minford hosting Valley.
Notre Dame 51, Northwest 37
PORTSMOUTH — The host Notre Dame Titans outscored the Northwest Mohawks 33-20 in the middle two cantos, and went on to capture a 51-37 non-league victory on Wednesday night.
The Titans took a slim 8-7 edge at the first stop, then won the second stanza 16-8 — before taking the third quarter 17-12.
With Notre Dame leading 41-27 entering the fourth frame, the two teams tied 10-10.
The Titans took their record to 9-5 with the win, while the Mohawks dipped to 6-10.
Caleb Nichols, on 6-of-1o total shooting including canning five three-point goals on seven attempts, poured in 21 points to pace the winners —as he also played a team-high 30 minutes.
He meshed 4-of-6 free throws as well, as Jonathan Strickland —on three field goals and 3-of-7 foul shots —netted nine.
Jermaine Powell scored seven points on a two, a three and 2-of-2 charity tosses — as Dylan Seison scored six on three baskets.
Dominic Sparks with two deuces and a split of free throws for five, and Jackson Clark with a three-point make, rounded out the Notre Dame scoring.
Nichols grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, as the Titans took advantage of 18 Mohawk turnovers to offset a 10-of-21 effort at the foul line.
Jay Jenkins with 14 points, including three three-pointers and 3-of-5 free throws, and Brycen Carver with 13 points —on five field goals and 3-of-3 foul shots —led the Mohawks.
Brayden Campbell chipped in four points on a bucket and two tosses, while Kyle Butler, Austin Newman and Landen Smith each scored two.
Carver collected a team-high seven rebounds.
The Titans return home, and return to Southern Ohio Conference Division I action, on Friday night when they host division-leader New Boston.
Northwest, meanwhile, is off until Tuesday —when it plays at Waverly in the SOC II.
Manchester at Clay – no report