Area Basketball Teams Capture Spotlight
Valley ‘Jacks 53,
Notre Dame 52
Lumberjack Garrett Ueltschy swished a charity toss with 4.4 seconds remaining to break a 52-52 deadlock that gave the Valley Lumberjacks a hard-fought 53-52 victory over Clarksburg Notre Dame Dec. 9 at Valley High School to open up the boys’ basketball season.
After falling behind 19-16 after one period of play and 29-22 at the half, the Lumberjacks would go on a 16-8 run in the third period to take a two-point lead heading into the final period. Notre Dame would knot the game late before Ueltschy would drain the game winner at the end.
The ‘Jacks’ Jeremiah Burch paced the home team with 15 points that included five baskets from beyond the arch, while Alex “Hondo” Henderson chipped in with 14 points that included a threeball. Clay Ueltschy and Ronald “Mercury” Morris each added seven markers, while Garrett Ueltschy netted five points that included the game-winning free-throw. Cameron Price and Kody Jenkins each netted a deuce, while Scott Anderson swished a free-throw for all the Valley scoring.
Monroe Central 66,
Magnolia Girls 47
The visiting Lady Seminoles of Monroe Central outscored Magnolia 46-18 in the first and fourth periods to gain a 66-47 victory to spoil the season home opener for the Lady Eagles Dec. 9 at the HammerDome.
After falling behind 25-12 at the end of the first, the Eagles fought back to close the gap to four points at the break after a Payden Ludewig deuce right before the buzzer.
The Eagles rallied behind the shooting and the passing of Ludewig to pull to within a triple after three periods of play before the ‘Noles went on a 21-6 run to close out the game with the victory.
Eagle junior Marissa Bosley paced Magnolia with 16 points that included a pair of long range bombs, while Ludewig added 14 markers, including one threeball. Dallas Mullett tickled the twine with seven tallies, while Jordan Babe netted six points. Mallory Chapman and Stephanie “Stevie” Mullett each added a deuce for the Blue Eagles.
Lady Hornets 49,
Paden City 22
The Lady Hornets’ Raven McDifitt had a triple-double, 19 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 steals to lead Hundred to an easy 49-22 victory over county rival Paden City, Dec. 7 inside the Hornets Nest.
Macy Woods chipped in with 13 markers for the Lady Hornets, while Mercedez Goff added three baskets from beyond the arch. Cheyenne Myers netted four points, while Emily Ebert and Katie Tennant each contributed a deuce.
Megan Cutlip paced the Lady Wildcats with eight points, while Dominique Craft contributed five points. Logan Cosper added a triple and a deuce, while Samantha Shreve, Amanda Heasley, and Tiffany Palmer each drilled a deuce.
Lady Pilots 68,
Wheeling Park 62
The Lady Pilots used a 22-12 run in the fourth period to upend the Wheeling Park Lady Patriots 68-62, Dec. 7 at R.L. Potts Gymnasium in Hannibal.
The Lady Pilots jumped out to a 19-14 lead after one period of play and led by only one at the break. Park regrouped and forged in front with a 16-11 run in the third period before the Pilots closed out with a 22-12 run in the fourth frame to get the hard-fought victory.
Emile Weaves paced four double-digit scorers for the Pilots with 17 points. Autumn Beisel contributed 13 points, while Megan Beard and Alexa Isaly each netted 11 points. Jordan Ramsay netted eight points, including a pair of three point baskets, while Cassidy McCullough tallied four markers.
Lady Dragons 41,
The Lumberjills only cashed in on 5-12 at the charity stripe. That proved to be the difference in a 41-36 loss to Cameron Dec. 7 in Pine Grove.
The Lady Dragons took an 11-8 lead after one period of play, but the ‘Jills fought back to inch ahead, 18-17, at the break. Neither team could make a statement in the third period, as both teams scored six points.
However, in the final period, the Lady Dragons would go on an 18-13 run to spoil the ‘Jills’ home opener to gain the nod.
Megan Bucher paced the ‘Jills with 13 points, including three baskets from beyond the arch, while adding six rebounds and three steals.
Brittany Guthrie tallied seven points, including one basket from long range. Chelsea Underwood tallied six points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Morgan Starkey and Leah Morris each tallied four points and pulled down six boards. Tiffany Hayes was held to a charity toss.
Paden City 40
Hornet senior Tyrell Watson tallied a career-high 29 points, including a break-away dunk to offset a 22-point performance by the Wildcats’ senior guard Zach Yost, Dec. 7 at Hundred High School.
Hundred scored the first 12 points of the game and took a 13-4 lead after one period of play. The Hornets scored one more point than the ‘Cats in both the second and third periods before finishing off with an 18-9 run in the fourth period to gain the nod.
Watson – who scored more baskets than the entire Wildcat team – tallied 14 baskets, while hauling in eight rebounds. He also dished off a pair of assists and had two steals in a fine performance to open the regular season.
Shane Kuhn tallied 14 points, including a pair of baskets from beyond the arch. He also hauled in eight rebounds. Brady Koontz tallied seven points and grabbed four rebounds, while Dalton Kuhn and Nick Phillips each tallied five points. As a team, the Hornets had 16 steals, led by Shane Kuhn, Watson, and Phillips with three each.
Yost paced the ‘Cats with 22 points, including a pair of three-point baskets and added three assists and three steals. Geoffrey Bidwell contributed 10 points, while Trey Leonard netted three points and hauled in a team-high five rebounds. Jamie Billiter and Payton Hinkley each netted a basket, while Taylor Still swished a charity toss and pulled down five boards.
Paden City 33
The Beallsville Blue Devils outscorerd the Wildcats 19-4 in the first period and never looked back in handing the visiting Paden City Wildcats a 62-33 defeat Dec. 10.
Only three Wildcats scored in the game, as Zach Yost again was top dog for the Wildcats with 18 points, while Geoffrey Bidwell and Taylor Still netted 11 and four points, respectively. Trey Leonard swatted away a pair of Devil shot attempts, while Yost grabbed eight rebounds.
Monroe Central 58
The Pilots used a 22-13 run in the second period to pummel the Seminoles, 59-58, Dec. 10 at Monroe Central.
Sammy Ramsier led the Pilot attack with a game-high 20 points, while Tucker Brown netted 16 points and dished off six assists. Zack Wax scored 14 points, including four baskets from long range. Jordan Potts tallied eight points, including a basket from beyond the arch. Jordan Indermuhle tallied a free throw and hauled in a team-high eight rebounds.
Lady Blue Devils 60,
Paden City 34
The Lady Devils used a 23-6 run in the second period to upend the Lady Wildcats 60-34 Dec. 10 in Beallsville, Ohio.
Megan Cutlip tallied a team-high 15 points, while Logan Cosper nailed three baskets from beyond the arch. Dominique Craft contributed six points, while Amanda Heasley and Samantha Shreve netted a deuce and a charity toss, respectively.
Lady Hornets 56,
West Greene 38
Hundred scored in double figures in three quarters and used another fine outing by Raven McDiffitt to bury West Greene, 56-34, Dec. 10 inside the Hornets Nest in Hundred.
McDiffitt tallied a game-high 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Lady Hornets, while Emily Ebbert netted 10 points. Cheyenne Myers scored eight markers, while Haley Hayes tallied six points. Katie Tennant sank three baskets, while grabbing eight boards and blocking three shots. Macy Woods was held to five points, while Mercedez Goff tallied three points.
Lady Pilots 50,
The Lady Pilots outscored the Lady Eagles 30-10 in the first and fourth periods to steal a 50-30 victory Dec. 11 at River High School.
Jordan Ramsay paced the Lady Pilots with 11 points, including a pair of three-point baskets, while Padyn Ludewig led the Eagle charge with 13 points, including 7-9 from the charity stripe.
Alexa Isaly added nine points and five steals for the Pilots, while Chelsey Smith tallied seven points and Emile Weaver netted five points. Lexy Wells scored a deuce, while Emily Dierkes tallied a free throw. The combination of Cassidy McCullough and Megan Beard hauled in 16 boards.
For the Lady Eagles, Dallas Mullet followed Ludewig with eight points, while Mallory Chapman netted four, Marrisa Bosley three, and Jordan Babe two.
Lady ‘Jills 64,
The Valley Lumberjill offense exploded for 24 points in the fourth period, while the defense held the Union Lady Tigers scoreless Dec. 11 at Union High School.
After one period of play, Valley was on top 9-6, but at the break the Lady Tigers had a 22-14 lead. However, the ‘Jills tallied 18 points in the third period, while limiting the Tiger offense to 10 points, before exploding on a 24-0 run to close it out.
Brittany Guthrie led all scorers with 19 points, including a pair of threeballs, while dishing out five assists for the ‘Jills. Morgan Starkey netted a Baker’s Dozen, while Leah “Bam-Bam” Morris contributed a dozen points, hauled in a game-high eight rebounds, and had a pair of steals.
Tiffany Hayes added six points, while Megan Bucher netted a triple and a charity toss. Karisa Headley netted three points, while Heidi Shaw, Jessica Ashcraft, and Holli Schell each contributed a basket. Chelsea Underwood swished a charity toss, while Shaw and Underwood hauled in seven and five boards, respectively.
Lady Hornets 61,
Jefferson County Christian 57
The Lady Hornets outscored the home team Jefferson County Christian 13-6 in the first period and held on for a 61-59 victory, Dec. 11.
Raven McDiffitt led the Hornet attack with a game-high 21 points, while Katie Tennant contributed 15 points. Macy Woods and Cheynne Myers each netted eight points, while Emily Ebert and Mercedez Goff scored five and four points, respectively.
Jefferson County Christian 45
Dalton Kuhn and Tyrell Watson led Hundred with 15 and 12 points, respectively, as the Hundred Hornets remained perfect on the season with a 58-45 victory over Jefferson County Christian Dec. 11. There where no stats available.