Local Varsity Basketball Teams Heat Up The Courts
The Lady Hornets were outscored in every quarter for the first time all season, losing 68-36 to Weirton Madonna, Dec. 18 in Weirton.
Raven McDiffitt scored 13 points to pace the Hornets, while Macy Woods netted nine markers. Mercedez Goff netted a three ball to go along with her seven points, while Hayley Hayes swished the cords from beyond the arch. Cheyenne Myers and Katie Tennant each scored a deuce for Hundred.
The Hundred Lady Hornets opened the 2010-11 Girls’ Basketball season Nov. 30 at the Hornets Nest against the Cameron Dragons, falling 57-39.
After a close first half, 24-18, the Lady Dragons opened a 20-9 run in the third period to gallop into the lead.
Hornet senior Macy Woods supplied 17 points, including a pair of threeballs, to lead the Lady Hornet offense. Teammate Raven McDiffitt added a double-double, with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while swiping three Dragon balls.
The rest of the Hornet scoring came from Mercedez Goff with a threeball, while Emily Ebert and Cheyenne Myers each netted a deuce. Katie Tennant added a free throw.
The Lady Hornets will entertain the Paden City Lady Wildcats Dec. 7 with results unavailable by press time. They will host West Greene on Friday at 7 p.m. inside the warm and cozy Hornets Nest.
The Hundred Lady Hornets improved to 4-1 on the season after knocking off Jefferson Morgan, 49-41, Dec. 14 inside the warm and cozy Hornets Nest.
Jefferson took a 12-7 lead after one period of play, but the Lady Hornets narrowed the gap to a deuce at the break, down 21-19.
Hundred used a 30-20 run to close it out for the victory. Hornet Raven McDiffitt tallied her fourth straight double-double of the season, 26 points and 20 rebounds. Katie Tennant followed with eight markers, while Mercedez Goff sank two baskets from beyond the arch. Cheyenne Myers netted five points and Macy Woods knocked down all four of her charity tosses.
The Weirton Madonna boys’ team used a 27-13 run in the second period to make it a clean sweep, beating the Hundred Hornets 79-56.
Dalton Kuhn tallied 22 points, including 10-11 of his charity tosses. He also pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double. Tyrell Watson added 18 points, that included a basket from downtown and hauled in seven boards.
Other Hornets contributing include Shane Kuhn with nine points, Brady Koontz with five points, and Chris Shackleford with a deuce.
The Hornets were 21-45 from the charity line and made only 13-50 shots from the floor, which played a major factor in the outcome.
The Lady Eagles made only 14-31 charity tosses, but it was more than enough to knock off the Weirton Red Riders, 52-50 Dec. 18 in Weirton.
After falling behind 14-13 after one period of play, the Eagles took control and outscored the Lady Reds 16-12 to take the lead at the break. Both teams tallied 10 points in the third period, while the Riders made it interesting, netting one more point than the Eagles in the fourth.
Padyn Ludewig tallied a game-high 26 points, while Jordan Babe and Marissa Bosley combined for 17 points. Mallory Chapman netted a threeball and a deuce, while Dallas Mullett scored four points.
The Riders tallied three more goals than the Eagles, but managed to hit only 7-19 free throws themselves in defeat.
The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 8-1 lead and held on for their first victory of the season Dec. 14, winning 55-47 at the HammerDome against Ritchie County.
In a sloppy first half, both teams combined for 36 points and over 20 turnovers, with the Eagles on top by the score of 22-14. The tempo of the game increased, but the Eagles’ nest egg shrunk to six points after three periods of play. That’s when Padyn Ludewig picked up her fourth foul with three minutes to go in the period.
However, she played the entire fourth period without picking up a fifth foul to lead her team to victory. She ended up with a game-high 23 points, that included three baskets from beyond the arch and added a pair of steals.
Eagle forward Marissa Bosley followed Ludewig with 11 points and a game-high five steals, while Jordan Babe and Mallory Chapman teamed with 13 points and 18 rebounds. Dallas Mullett tallied six points, while her sister, Stevie, netted a deuce.
The Magnolia Lady Eagles fell behind 15-6 in the opening frame, but knotted the game heading into the final period, before dropping 47-41 to Union Local in the Union Local Lady Jets Holiday Tournament Dec. 20.
The Eagles were 9-16 from the charity stripe, while the Jets swished 16-21. That proved to be the deciding factor in the outcome.
Paden Ludewig and Jordan Babe paced the Blue Eagle offense with 13 points each, while Mallory Chapman and Dallas Mullett teamed for 11 points.
The Lady Eagles will play for third place tonight at Union Local high school at 6 p.m. and won’t play again until Jan. 7 at Wheeling Central. Magnolia will be on the road to start the New Year and will not play in the HammerDome until Jan. 18 against the Oak Glen Lady Bears at 7 p.m.
The River Pilots’ Zack Wax drained four baskets from beyond the arch and scored a game-high 19 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Pilots dropped a hard-fought 54-52 decision to the Fort Frye Cadets Dec. 15 at RL Potts Gymnasium.
The Pilots’ outside game was clicking on all cylinders as they sank all five of their shots from long range to grab a 15-10 lead after one period of play. However, the Cadets turned the tables and were deadlocked with the Pilots at the break.
Each team was moving the ball well and making each possession count. The defensive pressure was fearless and the Pilot full court pressure gave them some nice open shots around the bucket that kept them in the game.
The Cadets and Pilots played the same way as the first half-hard-and made each possession count. However, the Cadets took a seven-point lead late in the game and the Pilots drew even before a pair of successful Cadet free throws gave them the nod down the stretch.
Following Wax in the scoring department was Sammy Ramsier with 14 markers. He also lead the team with five rebounds and five assists. Jordan Potts contributed nine points, including a pair of three-point baskets. Tucker Brown added eight points and Evan Eggleston netted a deuce for the Pilots.
As a team, the Pilots had 13 steals that kept them in the game, but only made 8-14, while the Cadets sank 8-10, proving to be the deciding factor.
The Magnolia Blue Eagle Boys’ Basketball Team mounted a 12-2 first-quarter advantage and never looked back, handing the Oak Glen Golden Bears a 62-25 defeat to open the 2010-11 boys basketball season.
Magnolia sophomore Mark “Special K” Winters led all scorers with 17 markers, including one basket from well beyond the arch to lead the Eagles. Senior teammates Matt Sapp and Jordan Moore each added 10 points, including one from beyond the arch, while junior Nick Blatt and freshman Zack Wilhoite teamed for 15 points. Blue Eagle junior Hunter Campbell sank six markers, while Justin Wade, Jayson Keller, and Kyle Anderson added the rest of the points.
A few of the Eagles went to Morgantown to watch the Mountaineers play Dec. 19 and four fire trucks came to the rescue of Winters as he was stuck in the hotel elevator. Following his rescue, Winters enjoyed the rest of the stay before returning home, safe and sound.
Lady Pilots Alexa Isaly and Autumn Beisel combined for 26 points, including a pair of three-point baskets, but River couldn’t overcome a 26-16 run in the second and third periods and dropped a 55-50 contest to the homestanding Shenandoah Lady Zeps Dec. 20.
Megan Beard and Cassidy McCullough teamed with 15 points, while Emile Weaver and Jordan Ramsay tallied six and three points, respectively.
The Lady Pilots cashed in on only 13-21 free throws that proved to be their undoing in the Pilots’ second loss of the season.
River will visit Buckeye Trail Dec. 29 before hosting the Shadyside Tigers Jan. 3 with a junior varsity tip-off set for 6 p.m.
Corey Lowe of the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights sank both ends of a 1-1 with five seconds left on the clock to defeat the Valley Lumberjacks 50-49 in boys basketball action Dec. 16 in Kidwell.
The Lumberjacks charged out to a 11-2 lead to start the game and held a five-point lead at the break. But, the Knights would close the gap and got hot down the stretch to gain the hard-fought victory.
Alex “Hondo” Henderson led all scorers with 17 points, including a trio of baskets from beyond the arch. Jeremiah Burch followed with 15 markers, including a pair of three point baskets, while Kody Jenkins netted eight points.
Other Lumberjacks contributing points included Ronald Morris with five points, while Clay Ueltschy and Cameron Price each tallied a deuce. The ‘Jacks outshot the Knights from the floor with 21 goals to 18 for Tyler. The Silver Knights swished 11-14 charity tosses, while the Lumberjacks made two of six.