Newcomerstown, Indian Valley boys split decisions; Ridgewood suffers two setbacks

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Garaway 61, Newcomerstown 50

NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Visiting Garaway used a big fourth quarter to blow open a close game for a 61-50 Inter-Valley Conference win over Newcomerstown in the league opener for both on Tuesday.

Clinging to just a 38-33 lead heading into the final eight minutes, the Pirates erupted for 23 points while limiting the hosts to 17 for the 11-point victory.

Garaway (1-1, 1-0 IVC) jumped in front the initial quarter with a 17-12 scoring advantage and expanded the lead to 32-25 by the halftime break. The Trojans posted a 8-6 scoring edge the third round to cut the difference to the 38-33 heading into the deciding final round.

The Pirates hit on 21 two-point buckets and a pair of three-pointers while adding 13-of-20 from the foul line, with three players scoring in double figures. Tyler Walter led the way with 16 points followed by Duane Troyer with 14 and Winston Mullet with 10 markers. Josh Werker and Clay Honigford chipped in with eight and seven points, respectively.

Newcomerstown (0-2, 0-1 IVC) made 16 two-point field goals and also hit two "treys", but was just 10-of-22 from the charity stripe. Austin King paced the Trojans with 12 points followed closely by Hunter Snearey with 11. Steve Poe and Austin Zufelt tallied nine points each.

Sandy Valley 55, Ridgewood 42

MAGNOLIA -- Zach Schlimm poured in 28 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Sandy Valley Cardinals to a 55-42 victory over the visiting Ridgewood Generals in the Inter-Valley Conference opener for both teams on Tuesday night.

Senior Zak Keesee led Ridgewood (1-1, 0-1 IVC) with 19 points, while Dillon McPherson also had 17 points for RHS.

Nate Shepler added 18 points for Sandy Valley.

Ridgewood trailed by just six points heading into the fourth quarter, but the Generals were outscored 20-13 in the final period.

Newcomerstown 35, Kidron CC 34

KIDRON -- Visiting Newcomerstown High started slow but managed to pull it together and emerged with a 35-34 victory over Kidron Central Christian on Friday.

The Trojans fell behind 15-4 after the opening eight minutes, but used a 10-4 edge in the second quarter to get within 19-14 at the half.

A 12-5 surge in round three put Coach Dan Weekley's squad on top, 26-24, heading to the final frame and NHS held on for its first win of the season.

Austin Zufelt led Newcomerstown in the low-scoring affair with eight points, with Hunter Sneary scoring seven while Jordan Wharff and Bret Burrier each had six.

Josh Woodrich took game honors by scoring 19 points to lead Kidron Central (0-3), with Weston Bontrager as his top support with 10.

NHS finished 13-of-29 from the field (45 percent) and 7-of-13 at the free throw line (54 percent) with 11 rebounds and 16 turnovers. Wharff collected four boards to lead the Trojans.

Tuslaw 61, Indian Valley 51

K.C. Meyer had a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds to help lead Tuslaw to a 61-51 PAC-7 win over Indian Valley on the road on Friday night.

Corey Boss added 12 points for the Mustangs, who outscored the Braves 23-15 in the fourth quarter.

Brett Cox led Indian Valley with 23 points, hitting on 11-of-16 free throws, while Jamie MacAdam added 11 points for the Braves (0-1, 1-1).

Indian Valley 53, Ridgewood 50

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Visiting Indian Valley picked up its second win of the season, defeating Ridgewood by a 53-50 count on Saturday.

After a 14-14 first quarter deadlock, Indian Valley (2-1) used a 10-5 edge in the second period to move on top, 24-19, at the half. A 16-13 edge in the third increased the lead to 40-32 and that was more than enough to hold off Ridgewood (1-2) which gained an 18-13 edge in the final frame.

Junior Shawn Mills poured in 24 points to lead Indian Valley. with Brett Cox providing top support with 10 tallies and a dozen rebounds. Jamie MacAdam contributed five assists and five steals.

For Ridgewood, Zak Keesee matched Mills' total with 24 tallies. Tyler Davis was next with eight. Ryan Lowe led the Generals' on the boards with 12.

The Braves were 18-of-47 from the field and 12-of-25 at the free throw line while Ridgewood was 16-of-49 on action shots and 14-of-20 at the charity stripe.

Ridgewood led off the glass, 40-34, but had 19 turnovers to 13 for Indian Valley.

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