The Magnolia Blue Eagles' Mark Winters drained 27 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to stymie the Clay-Battelle Cee-Bees, who won 60-42 in the championship match of the Boggs Pizza Invitational at Tyler Consolidated High School Jan. 12.
Playing short-handed because of an ankle injury to senior guard Stephen Rogalski, the Eagles didn't have the fire-power and the Cee-Bees took advantage to grab a 16-10 first-quarter lead and held on for the win.
Besides the Winters' scoring, Kyle Elliott added five points, while Preston Boswell and Zach Wilhoite each netted four points and Mike Winters put up a deuce.
Tyler Consolidated 62
Kyle Elliott made seven steals in the opening quarter and Mark Winters tallied a game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds that gave the Big Blue a 91-62 victory over Tyler Consolidated in the opener of the Boggs Pizza Invitational Jan. 11.
With the help of seven steals by Elliott, Magnolia raced out to a 30-12 lead after one period of play and never looked back in gaining the nod.
Boswell followed with 24 markers, while Wilhoite added a dozen points. Mitch Winters tallied six points, while Kyle Ritz, Eric Smith, and Garrett Emch each tallied four markers. Elliott and Spencer Campbell each scored a deuce.
The Eagles' next game is at Magnolia today, Jan. 16, against the Cameron Dragons. They will then visit Linsly Jan. 18 before hosting Clay-Battelle Jan. 23. On Jan. 26, they will host Wheeling Central and, on Jan. 29, Monroe Central, with the varsity games each tipping off at 7:30 p.m.
`The Cee-Bees raced out to a 24-2 lead and never looked back in taking care of Hundred 71-37 on Jan. 8 at Clay-Battelle High School.
"We did some good things both offensively and defensively, even though the score may not have showed it," said Hornet Head Coach Ryan May. "We have some really tough games coming up and we just have to keep competing each and every night. Playing these tougher games will help us in the upcoming H.I.T., which starts in a few weeks."
Kirk Shriver and Brandon Armstrong netted 13 and 10 points, respectively, to pace the Hornets, while Holden Moore, Hunter Goff, and Chris Varner combined for seven markers.
In addition, Greg Stewart paced the Hornets with three assists and two steals, while Armstrong, Shriver, and Andrew King each cleaned the glass with five rebounds.
In the junior varsity tilt, the Hornets couldn't buy a basket and fell 49-15. Davin Copeland sank three buckets to pace the visitors, while Courtland Armstrong netted four points. Joe Mars tacked on three markers, while Moore netted a deuce.
"We just couldn't get anything good going," said Coach Brian Bartlett. "Clay-Battelle is a really good team that is fundamentally sound and takes real care of the ball. They make good decisions as well, and that's where we need to be as a team."
The Hundred Hornets ran into a buzzsaw in Cameron Jan. 10 as the Dragons built a 14-4 first-quarter score and cruised to a 76-35 victory.
Kirk Shriver and Brandon Armstrong evenly split 18 markers for the Hornets, while Greg Stewart and Chris Varner tallied eight and seven points, respectively. Stewart added 11 rebounds, blocked a shot, and made a steal. Holden Moore finished the scoring for the Hornets with a deuce.
In the junior varsity game, Cameron was just too much, beating Hundred, 71-20.
Davin Copeland netted 11 for the Hornets, while Joseph Mars, Andrew King, Hunter Goddard, and Courtland Armstrong each tallied points.
St John 47,
The St. John fighting Irish took a 12-3 lead after one period of play and never looked back in beating the Hundred Hornets 47-30 Jan. 4 in Bellaire.
Kirk Shriver was the lone double-digit scorer for Hundred with 12 points that included a pair of baskets from long range. Greg Stewart contributed nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
In addition, Courtland Armstrong and Ethan Umstead each tallied three markers, while Brandon Armstrong netted a deuce and Brandon White swished a charity toss.
In the junior varsity tilt, St. John would make it a clean sweep, beating Hundred 44-24. Brandon White paced the Hornets with nine points, while Courtland Armstrong netted eight markers. Hunter Goddard tacked on three points, while Andrew King and Davin Copeland each added a deuce. Joe Mars didn't score, but he had a team-high six rebounds and blocked two Irish shots.
Next up for Hundred is Cameron on Jan. 10 in Dragon territory at 6 p.m. before hosting county rival Valley Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.
Bishop Donahue 79,
Paden City 61
Kennedy Cain and Zach Heasley combined to score 40 points, but it wasn't enough to get by Bishop Donahue Jan. 8 in Bob Burton Gymnasium, where the Bishop prevailed 79-61
The Wildcats posted a 20-16 count after one period of play before falling behind 37-33 at the break. Paden City kept the score close after three frames, but a 26-15 Donahue rally nailed the door shut in the final period.
Cain scored a team-high 21 points and hauled in five rebounds, while Heasley netted 19 points that included three baskets from beyond the arc. He also dished out three assists to lead the Wildcats.
Paden City freshman Luke Cooper posted another double-double, 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Brandon Cross, Drew Bidwell, and Craig Allen finished the scoring with 11 points.
The Wildcats will look to avenge the loss when they travel to McMechen Jan. 22 to face Donahue once again at 7:30 p.m.
The River Pilots used a 22-6 third-quarter run to get by the Shadyside Tigers 62-47 in Shadyside Jan. 11.
Brett "Hitman" Price tallied a game-high 21 points, including a pair of baskets from beyond the arc, while Matt Marconi contributed 16 points that also included a pair of three-point baskets.
In addition, Kameron Brown and Jordan Indermuhle each netted six points, while Jared Ramsier provided a triple and a deuce. Cody Caldwell and Chad Isaly each contributed four points, while Eric Dierkes tallied a deuce and a charity toss.
The red-hot Pilots will travel to Caldwell Jan. 18 to tangle with the Redskins at 7:30 p.m.
The River Pilots improved to 7-3 Jan. 8 with a 76-39 victory over the visiting Bridgeport Bulldogs at R. L. Potts Gymnasium.
The Pilots shredded the Bulldog defense for 24 first-quarter points, while holding the visitors to just nine markers. Things didn't improve much for Bridgeport in the second frame, as the Pilots dropped down to second gear by posting a 18-13 count to head into the locker room up 42-22.
River put it back into high gear in the third period with a 24-8 bombardment, while limiting the Dogs to eight bones. However, in the final stanza, Mark Romick's boys dropped back into low gear in the fourth period and emptied the bench.
After a 40-point night against cross-river rival Magnolia, Brett "Hitman" Price was again the "Price Is Right" with a game-high 21 markers. Jordan Indermuhle came out of his scoring slump with 18 points. Cole Isaly also regained his touch, scoring 15 points including three baskets from long range.
In addition, Cody Caldwell netted a pair of three pointers, while Kameron Brown and Matt Marconi each swished a long-range bomb and a deuce. Eric Dierkes netted four points, while Ryan Indermuhle ended the Pilot scoring with a deuce.
East Richland 46
Tyler Hayes dropped in a game-high 19 points that included a pair of three pointers to lead the Valley Lumberjacks to a convincing 71-46 victory over East Richland Jan. 8 at Ohio University Eastern.
The Lumberjacks fell behind 11-10 after the first quarter of play, but the 'Jacks would pour it on in the second frame to forge ahead 35-18 at the break.
Leading the way offensively was Hayes with seven points, while Jordan Anderson swished a pair of three-balls.
In the second half of action, Valley would outscore the hosts in every quarter to gain its second straight victory.
Besides Hayes, Hayden Lancaster added 10 markers, while Jordan Anderson swished three long-range bombs. Trey Street and Jack Wells evenly split 16 points, while Joe Preat and Troy Hubbard each tacked on a pair of deuces.
In addition, Taylor Bates landed three markers, while Lathe Ueltschy netted a basket. As a team, the Lumberjacks connected on 29 shots, while connecting on eight of nine free throws. Wells grabbed six rebounds, while Anderson and Lancaster each hauled in five.
The Valley Lumberjacks' Hayden Lancaster tallied 15 points, that included a trio of three pointers, but it went for naught, as the Beallsville Blue Devils would capture a 64-49 victory Jan. 11 in Beallsville.
Jack Wells pumped in 11 markers and hauled in seven rebounds, while Tyler Hayes and Trey Streets teamed for 17 points. Tucker Cain and Troy Hubbard each tallied a deuce, while Tristen Kocher sank a pair of charity tosses and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.