Basketball Takes Back Seat to OVAC?Wrestling
The Cameron Dragons raced out to a 34-13 run and held on for a 49-40 victory over the Hundred Hornets Jan. 22 at the Dragons Den.
After the break, the Hornets outscored the Dragons 27-15, but didn’t have enough time to close it out.
“We came out a little flat to start the game, but we worked hard and made it a game,” said Hundred Head Coach Justin Balwanz. “I’m proud of the effort our kids dished out. They fought all the way.”
Nick Phillips paced the Hornets with 11 points, while Shane Kuhn and Brady Koontz teamed for 14 markers. Kirk Shriver netted six points, while Jericho Park and Chris Shackleford added four and three points, respectively.
In the jayvee game, Cameron won, 46-39. Pacing the Hornets was Rusty Morris with 13 points, while Phillips and Greg Stewart evenly split 10 points. Park, Josh King, Levi Simpson, and Ethan Umstead each tallied four points for Hundred.
The Hornets hosted Clay-Battelle Jan. 25 with results unavailable by press time.
The Hundred Hornets played right with number three Class-A ranked Bishop Donahue for a quarter, but a 20-8 second period did the Hornets in with a 60-51 loss last week at the Hornets Nest.
The combination of Dalton Kuhn and Tyrell Watson netted 29 points, while the trio of Shane Kuhn, Brady Koontz, and Nick Phillips accumulated 17 points. Koontz also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Chris Shackleford nailed the lone Hornet three pointer, while Rusty Morris added a deuce.
Devin Overholt, Zach Whitfield, and Ryan Jones combined for 45 points to lead Bishop Donahue.
In the junior varsity game, Bishop Donahue won 68-26. Rusty Morris paced the Hornets with 13 points, while Nick Phillips and Greg Stewart teamed for 10 points. Levi Simpson swished a deuce and Jerico Park added a free throw.
The Cameron Dragons leveraged a 14-5 run in the second period to propel them to a 59-41 victory over the Hundred Lady Hornets Jan. 19 in the Dragons Den.
Katie Tennant led the way offensively for Hundred with nine points, while Macy Woods and Haley Hayes evenly split 16 markers. The Hornets’ Raven McDiffitt was held to a season-low five points, while Emily Ebert tallied four points. Cheyenne Myers swished the cords from beyond the arch, while freshman Nicole Cunningham contributed a deuce.
Shelby Woods and Lindsay Siburt combined to pace the Lady Dragons with 37 points.
The Lady Hornets’ Raven McDiffitt made a steal and a layup with eight seconds remaining to lead Hundred to a come-from-behind 44-43 victory in McMechen against Bishop Donahue Jan. 24.
The Bishops broke open a close game with an 8-0 run to give them a 26-15 lead at the break. However, the Lady Hornets fought the good fight and narrowed the gap when Katie Tennant sank the front end of a 1-1 at 43-42.
After a Hundred time out, the Hornets used their fouls to give them a chance down the stretch. With the ball underneath the Bishop basket, McDiffitt jumped high to grab the inbound pass and raced the other way, finishing with a driving layup to give Hundred the lead.
Bishop had a chance for the win, but their shot fell a little short. McDiffitt paced the Hornets with a game-high 27 points, including one basket from beyond the arch. Tennant followed with nine markers, while Macy Woods added six points and Cheyenne Myers a deuce.
The Lady Hornets will look to use this momentum against Clay-Battelle Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. and against Harman Saturday, Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m.
Lady Eagle senior guard Padyn Ludewig swished both ends of a two-shot foul late in the game Jan. 18 to record her 999 and 1,000 point of her career. However, Oak Glen spoiled her milestone with a 55-48 defeat over Magnolia in the HammerDome and adding another loss to the girls’ season record of only two wins.
The Eagles took an 18-15 lead after the first period of play, but the Lady Bears went on a 19-7 run to take the lead at the break, 34-25.
After intermission, the Lady Eagles cut the Golden Bears lead — and even surpassed it — after a pair of Marissa Bosley triples. But, that’s when Oak shut the door.
Bosley paced the Eagles with 19 points, including the three round trips, while Ludewig netted 18 markers that included one basket from beyond the arch. Jordan Babe chipped in with nine points, including a triple, while Mallory Chapman netted a deuce.
The Eagles again outshot their opponents 18-15 from the floor. However, they only managed to make half of their 14 freebies, while the Bears were 19-28 in proving to be the deciding factor.
Autumn Beisel, Cassidy McCullough and Jordan Ramsay scored 38 of the Lady Pilots’ 51 points in leading River to a 51-47 victory over the host Lady Eagles 51-47 Jan. 22.
Magnolia outscored the Pilots 11-9 in the opening frame and took a 25-24 lead into the locker room. Magnolia pushed its advantage to a deuce with an 18-17 third period run. That set up the fourth period, whereupon River outscored the Eagles 10-4 in the final eight minutes to gain the season sweep.
Beisel paced the Lady Pilots with 16 points, while McCullough netted 12 markers and Ramsay netted 10 points, including one basket from beyond the arch. Emily Weaver contributed six points, while Alexa Isaly added five points and Lexy Wells hit two points.
For the Lady Eagles, Padyn Ludewig netted 19 points to lead all scorers, while Jordan Babe chipped in seven points. Marissa Bosley, Abby Harlan, and Dallas Mullett each tallied six markers, while Mallory Chapman netted three points.
The Lady Eagles will play at Monroe Central Jan. 27 and Ritchie County Jan. 28 with game time set for 7 p.m. The Lady Pilots will host Shenandoah Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. and will welcome Caldwell Jan. 29 at noon.
The Magnolia Blue Eagles outscored the River Pilots 43-20 in the second half to prevail 73-61 in boys basketball action Jan. 22 at the HammerDome.
The Blue Eagles and the Pilots played to a 19-19 score after one period of play, but the Pilots steam rolled the Eagles 22-11 in the second period to take a 41- 31 lead into the locker room.
However, the Eagles got it together and went on a 25-8 run in the third period to take the lead heading into the final period, when Magnolia tallied 18 markers and held the Pilots to 12 points.
Mike Winters scored a game-high 33 points, including one basket from beyond the arch, to lead the Eagles, while Matt Sapp knocked in three triples to go along with his 14 other markers. Sapp also added eight boards, four assists, and three steals, while Jayson Keller added a dozen points and swiped two Pilot balls.
Nick Blatt tallied four points and blocked two Pilot shots, while Jordan Moore swished two shots and swatted away four Pilot attempts. Stephen Rogalski and Hunter Campbell each netted a deuce.
For the Pilots, Sammy Ramsier tallied a team-high 25 points, while Jordan Potts added 11 points. Jordan Indermuhle and Tucker Brown combined for 15 points, while Evan Eggleston added a deuce.
The Eagles will play Point Pleasant in the second annual New Martinsville Rotary Basketball Challenge Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Paden City Girls
Only four Paden City Lady Wildcats scored in a 48-20 loss to Tyler Consolidated, Jan. 18 in Kidwell.
Megan Cutlip and Logan Cosper each tallied six points, while Dominique Craft and Amanda Heasley each recorded four markers.
Paden City sophomore Megan Cutlip knocked in 24 points to help lead Paden City to their first win of the season, a 54-43 victory over Wood County Christian, Jan. 24, at Bob Burton Gymnasium.
Logan Cosper netted 11 markers, including a trio of three-point baskets, while Dominique Craft and Amanda Heasley each netted seven tallies. Lynnsie Parsons scored four points and Joni Myers added a free throw.
Paden City will look to get that second win of the season, Saturday, Jan. 29, against the homestanding Bellaire St. John Fighting Irish at 1 p.m..
The red-hot River Pilot Boys’ Basketball Team pushed its season record to 8-3 with a convincing 50-38 drubbing over county rival Beallsville, Jan. 18 in the Blue Devil fieldhouse.
Sammy Ramsier tacked on a team-high12 points, while the duo of Jordan Indermuhle and Jordan Potts evenly split 22 markers to pace the Mark Romick-coached Pilots. Tucker Brown netted seven points, while Zack Wax and Tyler Stewart added five and four points, respectively.
Valley High School girls’ Head Coach Larry Weekley won his 400th coaching victory when his Lady ‘Jills defeated Morgantown Trinity, 51-42, for their ninth win of the season Jan. 22 at Lumberjack Gymnasium.
Leah “Bam-Bam” Morris scored a team-high 15 points, 14 rebounds and three steals to pace the 9-3 ‘Jills, while Brittany Guthrie added 13 points and a trio of three-point baskets. Tiffany Hayes contributed 11 points, while Morgan Starkey netted six markers. Chelsea Underwood tallied four markers, while sophomore Megan Bucher dropped in a deuce.
The ‘Jills play Bishop Donahue at home Jan. 29.
The Clay-Battelle Cee-Bees never trailed in handing the Valley Lumberjills their fourth defeat of the season by the score of 49-37, Jan. 24 in Blacksville.
Morgan Starkey paced the ‘Jills with 11 points, including a threeball, while Leah Morris added a double-double, 10 markers, and 10 rebounds. Brittany Guthrie netted seven points, including a threeball, while Megan Bucher contributed two baskets. Tiffany Hayes swished a basket from beyond the arch, while Chelsea Underwood netted a deuce.
The Lumberjills will look to get back to their winning ways Jan. 29 at home against Bishop Donahue at 6 p.m.