Hornets And ‘Cats Lose; Eagles, Pilots Win
The Hundred Hornets Boys’ Basketball Team was held to single digits in each quarter of its sectional game against the Wheeling Central Maroon Knights that ended their 2010-11 season with a disappointing 84-25 thrashing and a 8-15 record Feb. 26 in Wheeling.
Seniors Dalton Kuhn and Tyrell Watson led the Hornets with 10 and nine points, respectively, while Shane Kuhn, Brady Koontz, and Nick Phillips finished out the scoring for Hundred.
The Magnolia Blue Eagles held a 15-point lead in the fourth period in its last regular season game against Parkersburg South Feb. 26, and then had to hold off a late South rally to gain an 88-81 victory.
The Eagles fell behind 17-11 after the first period of play, but used a 25-12 run in the second period to grab a 36-29 lead at the break. However, Big Blue used a 21-14 advantage in the third period to go up 57-43 heading into the final period of play.
The Eagles’ advantage grew to as many as 15 points before the South Patriots went on a scoring blitz to pull to within one point late in the game. Three point bombs by Stephen Rogalski and Matt Sapp helped Magnolia gain the nod down the stretch.
The Blue Eagles’ Jordan Moore tallied seven baskets from beyond the arch to go along with his game-high 28 points to pace the 16-6 Eagles. He also led Magnolia with nine rebounds and swatted away a pair of Patriot shots. Mark Winters pitched in 22 points, three blocks, and grabbed six rebounds, while Sapp added 15 points, including the game’s final tally from beyond the arch.
Sapp also led with five steals and three blocked shots. Jayson Keller chipped in with 10 points, including one basket from downtown, while adding a team-high six assists. Rogalski netted nine points, including a triple that keyed the Eagles’ victory down the stretch. He also dished off five assists. Nick Blatt ended the Blue Eagle scoring with a pair of two point buckets and brought down the house on an electrifying blocked shot.
The Eagles played Tyler Consolidated in the first round of the West Virginia Region One Class-AA Sectionals Tuesday with results unavailable before press time. If they win, the Eagles will face the winner of Oak Glen and Weir at Magnolia on March 5 at 7 p.m.
Winners of only one game all season, the Paden City Wildcats gave everything they had — and then some — before falling 54-34 to the number two seed Williamstown Yellowjackets in the opener of the West Virginia Class-A Section One Sectionals at Ritchie County High School Feb. 25.
The Wildcats played the Jackets to a 9-9 stalemate after the first period before falling behind by 10 points at the break. Paden City stayed right with Williamstown for the bigger portion of the second half, but faded at the end.
The lone Paden City senior, Zach Yost, and Geoffrey Bidwell paced the ‘Cats with 11 points each, while Taylor Still and Trey Leonard added six and five points, respectively, and Drew Bidwell added in one point. Jamie Billiter didn’t score, but he led the Wildcats with nine rebounds and three steals, while Leonard pulled down eight boards and had three steals. Geoffrey Bidwell added four assists and four rebounds, while rippling the cords from beyond the arch on three occasions. Yost drained a twoball.
Paden City Head Basketball Coach Fred King watched his young Wildcat squad battle the Dragons from Marshall County Feb. 10 in a 50-41 defeat.
Paden City did its best scoring against Cameron’s man-to-man defense and 6’1 senior Zack Yost helped the Wildcats stay within striking distance with his game-high 23 points that included a trio of baskets from beyond the arch.
However, the Dragons shut the door on their hosts by going to a zone, taking away back-door cuts that kept Paden City in the game.
But, a key basket from long range by John Bates, and offensive rebounds from post player Trey Leonard, kept the Wildcats scratching for their second win on the season.
A slow third quarter by the ‘Cats and a rejuvenated Cameron offense played a big factor in the final score.
Besides the scoring of Yost, Paden City garnered the rest of its points from Bates, Leonard, Jamie Billiter, Geoffery, and Drew Bidwell.
After losing the team’s leader in Jordan Potts to concussion-like symptoms, the Pilots would then lose the hot-shooting of Tucker Brown to an injury. River would fall behind 20-13 after one period of play, before Tyler Stewart and Brett Price came off the bench to combine for 30 points and lead the River Pilots to a 75-65 victory over Barnesville in the third-place OVAC finals matchup in Class-AA Feb. 26 in Barnesville.
The Pilots used a 26-14 run in the second period to grab a 39-34 lead at the break thanks to a couple baskets by Stewart and Price at the very end of the period.
In the second half, Sammy Ramsier, Price, and Stewart teamed for 18 of the Pilots’ 20 points in the third period to pull in front, 59-46, heading into the fourth and final period.
The Shamrocks pulled to within eight points, but the Pilots would hold it together to gain the nod.
Stewart finished with a game-high 18 points, including 12 points in the second period for the Pilots. He also handed out three assists and charted four steals. Ramsier followed with 16 points, while Price and Jordan Indermuhle added 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Zack Wax added seven markers, including a triple, while Cody Caldwell tallied a basket from beyond the arch. Brown and Nate Eggleston each tallied a deuce, while both Stewart and Price ripped the cords three times from long range.
The Pilots will take on the Bridgeport Bulldogs in the Ohio Sectional finals at Union Local High School March 5 with the tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.
The River Pilots inched a little closer to the Ohio District playoffs after knocking off the Frontier Cougars, 51-33, in the Ohio Division IV Sectional Tournament at Union Local High School, Feb. 22.
Only leading 20-18 at the break, the Pilots, outscored their counterparts, 31-15, in the last 16 minutes to push their way to the Ohio district tournament.
The River boys swished 13-16 free throws down the stretch, with Tucker Brown leading the way, making 7-8. Pilot senior Jordan Potts led all scorers with 13 points, including one basket from downtown. He also grabbed nine boards off the glass, while fellow seniors Sammy Ramsier and Tyler Stewart each contributed 10 points. One of Ramsier bucket’s came from from beyond the arch, while Stewart swished the cords from long range three times.
Also adding points for the Pilots were Brown with eight points, Zach Wax with seven tallies, Matt Marconi with a deuce, and Jordan Indermuhle with a charity toss.