Garaway 80, Newcomerstown 36

NEWCOMERSTOWN — Slow starts have plagued struggling Newcomerstown High all season, and on Tuesday night that trend continued leading to a lopsided 80-36 loss to visiting Garaway in an Inter-Valley Conference boys match-up.

"We’re improving, but they are just at a different level than we are right now," NHS head coach Tim Davis stated. "The kids are working hard and plugging away. We just continue to have way too many turnovers which gets us behind right away and its tough for us to recover."

Garaway wasted little time in grabbing the upper hand, racking up the first 14 points of the night before the Trojans finally got on the board at the 1:01 mark of the first period on three-pointer from sophomore Alex Porcher.

With NHS guilty of seven turnovers in the opening frame, the Pirates held a 21-5 lead entering the second stanza.Malik Shaffer of Garaway led the scoring for the visitors with a pair of ‘treys’ for six points.

Newcomerstown fared a little better in the second period with junior J’Marea Sterns knocking down a pair of triples for six points, and Porcher adding four. But the Pirates still managed to rack up a 21-12 scoring edge to push their lead out to 42-17 at the halftime break.

With the home court IVC loss, the Trojans slump to 1-14 overall, and 0-9 in IVC play with Davis trying to figure out ways to keep his young squad spirits up.

"This (losing) takes a toll on them," Davis added. "It’s a big challenge and we’re continually looking for new ideas to keep them energized. But they continue to work hard and that says a lot about them."

Garaway continued to build its lead following the intermission, using a 21-8 third quarter advantage to extend the margin out to 63-25 after three quarters.

In the final quarter, the Pirates closed out the IVC road win with a 17-11 scoring edge over the host Trojans.

Shaffer finished his night with a game-high 15 points for Garaway (10-5, 7-3 IVC), connecting on a total of five three-pointers in the contest. Austin Fearon chipped in with 12, with Ethan Roden and Braden Yoder each adding double figure support with 10 markers for the Pirates.

Sterns and Porcher each tallied 10 points to lead the Trojans’ scoring, with senior Levi Kilpatrick adding six points and six rebounds for NHS.

Indian Valley 65, Ridgewood 59

GNADENHUTTEN — The visiting Ridgewood Generals did everything they could to hand Indian Valley its first loss of the season, but wound up just short in a 65-59 Inter-Valley Conference basketball game on Tuesday.

The Generals stayed within striking difference the entire game as they only trailed the Braves, 17-15 after the first quarter and 38-30 at halftime.

Indian Valley was able to create some separation entering the final eight minutes with a 57-46 lead, but Ridgewood answered with a 13-8 edge in the fourth quarter. However, it was not enough to complete the comeback and the Braves remained undefeated and atop of the IVC.

It was another balanced scoring night for Indian Valley with four scorers reaching double figures including Braden Rostad with 17, Cade Williams with 12 and Connor McGuire and Ryan Berger with 11 counters each.

For the Generals, Chase Griffith earned game-high scoring honors with 23 points followed closely by Zach Wright with 17 and Trey Stoffer with nine.

Strasburg 72, Newcomerstown 26

STRASBURG — Host Strasburg High used a huge first half to cruise past Newcomerstown, 72-26 in Inter-Valley Conference boys’ basketball action on Wednesday.

The Tigers outscored the Trojans, 22-8 in the first quarter and 19-3 in the second round to take early command of the contest and pick up the victory.

Leading Newcomerstown (1-15, 0-10 IVC) was Levi Kilpatrick with 10 while Alex Porcher added six and J’Marea Sterns chipped in with four.

For Strasburg, Mitch Neidenthal tallied a game-high 18 points followed by Andrew Cregan with 14, Donald Seward with 12 and Race King with 10.

Indian Valley 80, Claymont 46

GNADENHUTTEN — Setting the tone early the unbeaten, state-ranked Indian Valley Braves raced out to a 25-12 lead and never looked back in posting a 80-46 Inter-Valley Conference win over the Claymont Mustangs on Friday.

The Braves added a 22-11 scoring edge in the second frame to up the advantage to 47-23 by the halftime intermission. Indian Valley added four more to the lead in the third stanza out scoring the Mustangs 12-8 and then capped off the 34-point blowout with a 21-15 scoring edge the final eight minutes to provide the 80-46 final.

Indian Valley (15-0, 10-0 IVC) was 33-of-51 from the field for a blistering 64.7 percent and added 7-of-15 from the foul line. Ryan Berger led three Braves in double figures with 20 points followed by Connor McGuire and Cade Williams with 15 each. Karson Hartrick just missed double digits with nine points and Braden Rostad added eight counters.

The Braves dished out 21 assists led by Rostad with four, while Berger, Williams and Tanner Myers added three each. The host also collected 17 steals with McGuire, Berger and Rostad grabbing three each. Indian Valley also blocked eight shots with Berger swatting three and McGuire two and they were guilty of 15 turnovers.

Claymont (3-14, 2-7 IVC) shot just 38.3 percent (18-of-47) from the floor and tacked on 8-of-14 from the charity stripe. Michael Lesiecki led the Mustangs in scoring with eight points whit Terin Harris adding seven and Murphy White six. White also had five of the 12 assists and the Mustangs pilfered six steals while committing 23 miscues.

Indian Valley had a 31-24 rebounding advantage led by McGuire with six, while Harris and White each pulled down four boards for Claymont.

Hiland 96, Newcomerstown 33

BERLIN - Host Hiland High dialed long distance connecting on 18 three-pointers as they routed the visiting Newcomerstown Trojans, 96-33, in Inter-Valley Conference play on Friday.

The Hawks (13-5, 8-2 IVC) wasted no time in setting the tone, posting a 35-12 scoring advantage in the opening quarter and then added a 23-10 edge during the second round to take a commanding 58-22 lead to the locker room at the half.

Things only got worse for the Trojans the second half as the Hawks poured in 21 points in the third frame and limited Newcomerstown to just five to expand the margin to 79-27 and Hiland finished it off with a 17-6 scoring advantage over the final eight minutes providing the 96-33 final.

Newcomerstown (1-15, 0-10 IVC) managed just 12 field goals, with five of them from beyond the three-point arc, and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. J’’Marea Sterns paced the Trojans with 17 points including three "treys" and Levi Kilpatrick followed with six points.

Hiland converted on 36 floor shots, including the 18 "triples", and tacked on 6-of-7 from the bonus line. Kole Troyer led five Hawks scoring in double figures with 20 points. John Sisson and Kyle Miller added 12 counters each; Kendall Hochstetler tallied 11 and Hunter Sommers added 10.

Ridgewood 64, Buckeye Trail 44

WEST LAFAYETTE - A combination of frigid shooting and ball security issues put visiting Buckeye Trail High in an early hole they never dug out of during a 64-44 setback to Ridgewood in Inter-Valley Conference action on Friday.

The Warriors committed eight miscues and shot a woeful 1-for-9 in the opening quarter to fall behind by a 19-3 margin to the Generals.

"We’ve been struggling shooting the ball," Buckeye Trail head coach Gary Chumney explained, "and when you don’t shoot it well, you lose your energy level.

"Add to that tonight we came out and had eight turnovers in the first quarter," the BT coach continued. "I don’t know what that was all about...we haven’t done that all year."

Ridgewood took full advantage of the struggling Warriors in that opening frame to quickly take the upper hand.

Senior Chase Griffith led the early RHS charge with eight points including two three-pointers, while fellow senior Zach Wright knocked down a pair of ‘treys’ to tally six.

"Our kids are starting to believe and get some confidence," RHS head coach Jamie McCrea said. "Hopefully, it’s at the right time as we head toward the tournament.

"Our sophomores are starting to blend better with our seniors now," the Generals coach noted. "That might have taken longer then we had hoped, but now everyone is sort of finding their role. They are having some fun and playing well together and we can hopefully continue to build on it."

Trail managed a 19-15 scoring edge in the second stanza, with senior Brody Farkas scoring three consecutive buckets to open the quarter to pull the visitors closer at 19-9 at the 5:31 mark, but the Generals responded with a 15-13 edge the rest of the way to lead 34-22 at the intermission.

"We’re struggling right now...there’s just no doubt about it," Trail’s Chumney offered. "Until we dig down and find something, it’s not going to change. Right now, we don’t have anyone leading us and we need someone to step up and be a leader.

"When you dig that big a hole, you spend all night trying to get out of it," he stated. "You’re spending so much energy it’s tough to overcome that tough start."

Ridgewood closed out the IVC home win with a 30-22 scoring edge in the second half to improve to 6-12 overall and 3-7 in the IVC.

Wright finished with a game-high 22 points to pace RHS, including five three-pointers, with Griffith checking in with 16 and sophomore Kaden Smith contributing 11 points.

Junior Zach Grafton paced Buckeye Trail (5-11, 3-6 IVC) with 12 points while junior Branden Barnett and Farkas each tallied 11.