Wetzel County, Other Basketball Games Reviewed
Magnolia out scored Point Pleasant in three of the four quarters to come away with a 66-58 victory in the finale of the second annual New Martinsville Rotary Basketball Challenge Jan. 29 inside the HammerDome at Magnolia High School.
The Eagles’ Matt Sapp led four double-digit scorers with 20 points that included four three-point baskets. He also added seven rebounds and took away three basketballs from Point opponents. Mark Winters followed with 15 points, eight rebounds and dished off four assists, while Nick Blatt contributed 13 points and kept the ball alive on the boards. Jordan Moore, tickled the twine for 10 points, including a pair of baskets from beyond the arch, while swatting away three Black Knight shots. Jayson Keller netted eight points and played a great game defensively.
“It was nice to see a great turnout for out basketball challenge,” said Magnolia Head Coach Dave Tallman. “It was also nice to see so many of our student body at the game.”
Basketball Challenge Director Jim Blatt went on to add,” it was a great day to watch basketball at Magnolia High School.”
“We couldn’t have done it without the help of many of our basketball boosters and the New Martinsville Rotary. We had so many come on board to help make this Region One Basketball Challenge a success and I want to thank the many helpers, contributors and basketball fans that came to watch a day of outstanding boys basketball.”
In the second annual challenge, Tyler Consolidated defeated Roane, 48-37; Weir knocked off Ravenswood, 67-52; and Ritchie took care of Oak Glen 69-51.
Magnolia will look to sweep the season series against the Brooke Bruins Feb. 4 at Brooke High School with the junior varsity tip off scheduled for 6 p.m. The Blue Eagles will then host region one foes Oak Glen, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. and Weir, Feb. 11 before participating in the third annual OVAC Tournament Feb 15, Feb. 18 and Feb. 19.
Magnolia raced out to an 11-1 lead to start the game Jan. 25 against the visiting Brooke Bruins and never looked back in gaining a 76-62 victory. Matt Sapp had a 29-point game that included six hookups from behind the arch — four of them consecutive — in helping the Blue Eagles to the win.
The Blue Eagles got another fine performance from sophomore center Mark “Special K” Winters, who added 19 points, including one from downtown. Winters also pulled down eight rebounds, while junior Jayson Keller tossed in a dozen points.
Other Blue Eagles denting the scoreboard included Jordan Moore with five points; Stephen Rogalski and Hunter Campbell, with four markers each; Zack Wilhoite, a deuce; and Nick Blatt finished the Eagle scoring with a charity toss.
The win pushed the Eagles’ record to 9-4 and has them fighting for one of the top four spots in the OVAC Class-AA boys basketball rankings, where they have been since the OVAC went to tournament action two years ago.
Hundred’s Dalton Kuhn led seven Hornet scorers with 12 points, four rebounds and one steal against Clay-Battelle, but it wasn’t enough as the Cee-Bees fought off a gallant Hornet fouth quarter to gain a 52-36 victory Jan. 25 in Blacksville.
Shane Kuhn, Tyrell Watson and Brady Koontz each tallied six markers, while Jericho Park netted four points, and Chris Shackleford and Nick Phillips each added a deuce.
“Our guys fought hard, but we must learn to make better decisions, take care of the ball and play under control if we want to win more games,” said Hornet Head Coach Justin Balwanz.
Levi Simpson and Rusty Morris teamed for 17 points against the Clay-Battelle Cee-Bees junior varsity team. But, just like the varsity team, they couldn’t get it done and the C-B jayvee emerged with a 41-26 win.
Park, Greg Stewart, Kirk Shriver and Josh King each netted a deuce, while Nick Phillips knocked in a free throw.
Paden City Boys
The Bishop Donahue boys outscored the Paden City Wildcats 40-9 in the first half, and went on to cruise to a 69-30 victory at Bob Burton Gymnasium Jan. 25.
Geoffery Bidwell paced the Wildcats with 10 points, while Zach Yost added eight markers. Trey Leonard and Taylor Still each tallied four points, while Jamie Billiter netted a deuce.
Paden City Girls
The Lady Wildcats led 34-25 heading into the final period against the visiting Bishop Donahue Lady Bishops, but, the Donahue girls went on a 29-9 run to gain a 54-43 victory Jan. 25 in Bob Burton Gymnasium.
Dominque Craft led all scorers with 17 markers, while teammate Megan Cutlip added 16 points for Paden City. Amanda Heasley contributed six markers, while Samantha Shreves and Lynssie Parsons each adding a deuce.
The Frontier Lady Cougars led for three quarters and had to hold off a 20-11 run by the River Pilots to gain a 54-49 victory at Frontier High School Jan. 24.
Alexa Isaly tallied a team-high 13 points, including one basket from beyond the arch, while Cassidy McCullough added 10 to lead the Lady Pilots.
Chelsey Smith followed with seven markers, while Jordan Ramsay and Emile Weaver each netted six points. Autumn Biesel was held to four points, while Emily Dierkes tallied a deuce and a free throw.
Autumn Beisel, Cassidy McCullough and Alexa Isaly each scored in double figures, while Emile Weaver tallied five points to help lead the River Pilots to a 39-36 victory over the Caldwell Lady Redskins Jan. 29.
The Beallsville Blue Devils chopped down the Valley Lumberjacks Jan. 25 in Beallsville by the score of 71-47.
The Blue Devils held a commanding 61-26 lead after three quarters and held on to win, despite a late Lumberjack fourth-period rally.
No Lumberjack player hit in double figures, with Cody Jenkins and Garrett Ueltschy each providing eight points to pace the Valley offense. Alex Henderson tallied seven points, including a basket from beyond the arch, while Davie Sivert came off the bench to add six points.
Other Valley players chipping in points included Jeremiah Burch with five markers; Greg Anderson, a three-point basket; and Drew Wade and Cameron Price each dropping in a deuce.
Bishop Donahue out-scored the Valley Lumberjacks in every quarter to avenge one of their two losses of the season by the score of 80-46, Jan. 28 in McMechen.
Morris tallied 24 points, including a three-ball to pace the slumping ‘Jacks, while Ueltschy added six points. Sivert, Burch and Scotty Anderson each tallied four markers, while Henderson and Jenkins each burried a deuce.
Trailing by three points with two seconds remaining in regulation, the visiting Cameron Dragons made a free throw then banked in a shot off the glass of a missed free throw to send the game into overtime against the Valley Lumberjacks, Jan. 27 and went on to claim a 69-66 overtime thriller.
The Dragons jumped on the ‘Jacks early and led 15-7 after one period of play and had a double digit lead until the Lumberjacks put together a run to close the gap at 28-34 at the break.
Valley closed the gap to one point heading into the fourth period. The Lumberjacks turned the tables and had an eight point lead with two minutes remaing in regulation when their point guard Kody Jenkins fouled out.
Ronald Morris lead all scorers with 23 points, including the a three pointer to close the scoring in overtime. He also added eight rebounds. Alex Henderson followed with 17 markers, including four triples, while dishing off eight assists. Garrett Ueltschy knocked in 11 points and hauled down 12 rebounds for a double-double. Jenkins netted six markers, while Jeriamiah Burch tacked on five tallies, and Drew Wade and Davie Sivert each netted a deuce.
The Lumberjacks will have hosted Tygarts Valley in the Hometown Invitaional Feb. 1 before press time and will either host or be on the road Feb. 4, and Feb. 8 depending if they win or lose. However, they will travel to the Summersville Arena and Conference Center on Feb. 12 win or lose, with all 16 WVHIT teams participating.
State ranked Notre Dame used a 23-4 run in the third period and held off a gallant Hundred rally to defeat the home standing Hornets, 65-56, Jan. 26 in the Hornets Nest.
Dalton Kuhn scored 22 points, including a trio of three point baskets to pace the Hornets. Teammate Brady Koontz added 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Tyrell Watson netted nine points.
Jericho Park contributed six points off the bench, while Nick Phillips, Kirk Shriver and Shane Kuhn each netted three points.
Hundred will host Harman Feb. 1 in the opener of the Hometown Invitaional at 7 p.m. Depending if they win or lose they will play Feb. 4, and Feb. 8. However, they will travel to the Summersville Arena and Conference Center on Feb. 12 with a time and team to be decided by their power rankings during the tournament with all 16 WVHIT teams participating.
Paden City Boys
Bellaire St. John raced out to a 25-9 lead against Paden City and held off a gallant effort by the Wildcats in winning a thrilling 48-43 victory Jan. 29 in Bellaire.
Zach Yost led all-scorers with 16 points, including a pair of threeballs, while adding a pair of steals. Taylor Still and Geoffery Bidwell evenly split 16 markers, while Jamie Billiter netted six points, including one basket from beyond the arch. Trey Leonard contributed three points for the winless Wildcats and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, while Drew Bidell netted a deuce.
The ‘Cats fell behind big early and couldn’t recover as the Williamstown Yellowjackets came into Bob Burton Gymnasium Jan. 27 and won, 75-31.
Yost and Geoffery Bidwell teamed for 24 markers, while Drew Bidwell and Leonard added five and two points, respectively, for the Wildcats.
Paden City will look to get that first win of the season in the newly formed Hometown Invitaional, Feb. 1, against number one seed East Hardy. Other opportunities will emerge Feb. 4, Feb. 8, and Feb. 11. All games are on the road and scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m.
The Valley Lumberjills used a 17-7 run in the fourth period to defeat Bishop Donahue 47-34 Jan. 29 in Pine Grove.
Morgan Starkey netted a game-high 16 markers, including one basket from beyond the arch, and Brittany Guthrie dropped in 10 points, including a pair of threeballs to pace the 10-4 Lumberjills. Chelsea Underwood and Megan Bucher each contributed eight points, while Tiffany Hayes tallied three points and Heidi Shaw two points.
The Lumberjills, who remain ranked in the top four in the OVAC Class-A ratings, will travel to Morgantown against Morgantown Trinity, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.
The Magnolia Lady Eagles sank five shots from beyond the arch and out scored Ritchie 24-19 in the second period Jan. 28. But they couldn’t close the deal, as the homestanding Lady Rebels soared to a 62-46 win to split the season series.
Padyn Ludewig tallied 15 points and Jordan Babe added a dozen points to lead the struggling Eagles, while Marissa Bosley netted eight markers. Mallory Chapman, Abby Harlan and Aliva Melott contributed five, four and two points, respectively.
Paden City Girls
The Paden City Wildcats broke open a close game, by out scoring Wood County Christian 16-9 in the fourth quarter to win, 54-41, for their second victory of the season, Jan. 31 at Wood County Christian school.
PCHS junior Amanda Heasley tallied a game-high 16 points, while Megan Cutlip tallied 15 markers. Logan Cosper nailed three baskets from beyond the arch on her way to a 11 point outing, while Dominique Craft, Joni Myers and Samantha Shreve each adding four points.
The Lady Wildcats will look to stay on the winning side when they host Jefferson County Christian Feb. 4, at 7 p.m.