WEST LAFAYETTE -- Tuesday night's opening round of the annual Orange and Black Backyard Rivalry was decided at the charity stripe with the host Ridgewood High Generals picking up a 49-33 victory over the neighboring Newcomerstown High Trojans in Inter-Valley Conference action.
The Generals connected on 13-of-17 free throws while the visiting Trojans were an icy 8-of-22 on the night.
"Yea, we didn't shoot free throws well at all tonight," Newcomerstown coach Dan Weekley said. "We are a young team and have not shot free throws well all year. It's an area we are still working on and will improve as we gain some experience."
Weekley felt there was another factor that figured in his team's loss.
"Even more than the foul shots, I just didn't think we very focused tonight," Weekley offered, "and to their credit, they took full advantage of that and got the win."
On the Ridgewood side, head coach Alan Keesee was pleased with the defensive effort from his squad.
"I think we turned on the intensity on the defensive end tonight," Keesee said. "That was a goal we had coming in, to be better on defense and cut down the turnovers. We were able to get both done, as we only had 12 turnovers which is down from the 19 the other night....so mission accomplished."
"Our defensive intensity is something that has grown each time out," Keesee said. "If we can continue that trend..I really like our chances to be successful."
Newcomerstown jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on a old-fashioned three-point play from senior Hunter Snearey, but the Generals would quickly reel off a 6-0 run to take a 6-3 lead...a lead they would hold the rest of the night.
With senior Dillon McPherson pumping in four points, the Generals finished the first stanza with a 10-5 advantage.
In the second quarter, RHS extended its lead to 28-13 at the intermission with a 18-8 scoring edge led again by McPherson with six points on a pair of three-pointers.
Both offenses went into the deep freeze in the third quarter, with the Trojans getting the better of it with a 7-4 edge to pull within 32-20 headed to the final period.
In the final stanza, however, the Generals got the job done at the foul line to nail down the IVC win. RHS hit on an impressive 7-of-9 foul shots in the period. Senior Zak Keesee paced the Generals' attack with eight points in the quarter, including a perfect 4-for-4 effort from the foul line.
"They got us tonight, so give them credit," Weekley said. "Hopefully we can put out a better performance when they come to our place. We have great kids, and we'll continue to work hard and get better."
Ridgewood was led in scoring by Keesee and McPherson with 17 points each, while senior Tyler Davis added six markers.
"Dillon had a rough night on offense the other night," Keesee said. "So it was good to see him come back strong tonight, he hit a couple big shots for us."
Snearey paced the Trojans with 11 points, while junior Austin Zufelt chipped in with nine.
In the rebounding battle it was RHS enjoying a 34-30 edge with junior Ryan Lowe pulling down 10 and Keesee adding nine for the winners. Snearey led NHS with eight boards, while senior Jordan Wharff finished with six and Zufelt hauling in four for the Trojans.
Indian Valley 71
WOOSTER -- Visiting Indian Valley dialed long distance to slip past the host Triway Titans 71-70 Principal's Athletic Conference victory on Friday.
The Braves connected on 14-of-22 shots from beyond the arc paced by Jamie MacAdams who was 8-of-11 in long-range shots, to overcome a 29-23 deficit in field goals to the hosts.
Triway (1-2, 1-1 PAC) forged a narrow 17-16 lead the opening quarter with the Braves getting the point back the second round with a 18-17 scoring edge to send the teams to the locker room knotted at 34 at the halftime break.
The Titans regained the edge the third round with a 22-20 scoring difference to give the hosts a 56-54 lead going to the final eight minutes. Indian Valley outscored the Titans 17-14 the final stanza to escape with the one-point (71-70) win.
Indian Valley (3-1, 1-1 PAC) hit on 23-of-50 floor shots for 46 percent but were a near-perfect 11-of-12 from the foul line, while turning the ball over 21 times.
MacAdams finished the night with high-scoring honors pouring in 32 points to led the Braves. Shawn Mills added 17 points and Brett Cox followed with 14 markers.
The Titans were led by Zach Kinney with 25 points with sophomore Parker Carmichael adding 19 points and Jordan Miller 11. Triway also shot 46 percent from the field (29-of-63) but cashed in just 5-of-8 from the charity stripe. The hosts were guilty of 19 miscues.
The hosts won the rebounding battle, 37-26, led by Kinney with 15 boards and Carmichael with nine. Brady Byers and Cox each pulled down five to pace the visiting Braves.
In the preliminary reserve contest, Triway recorded a 72-60 win.
WEST LAFAYETTE -- The visiting Hiland Hawks rolled to a 58-39 Inter-Valley Conference win Friday over the homestanding Ridgewood Generals.
The Hawks built a narrow 8-6 advantage the initial quarter then outscored the hosts 14-11 the second round to post a 22-17 lead going to the locker room for the halftime break.
Hiland maintained the advantage through the third frame with a 13-11 scoring edge to ride a 33-26 lead to the final stanza, then proceeded to pour in 23 points the final eight minutes while holding the Generals to just 13 to pocket the 19-point victory.
The Hawks out goaled the Generals 19-15 with six of Hiland's field goals coming from long range. The visitors also tacked on 16-of-19 from the foul line, while Ridgewood was 8-of-12 from the bonus line.
Todd Ropp paced Hiland with 19 points and was followed in double figures by Jordan Yoder with 11. Brady Schlabaugh and Lucas Mast tacked on six points each.
Dillon McPherson paced the Generals with 18 points with Ryan Lowe adding nine and Zak Keesee with eight markers.
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Capitalizing at the foul line, the host Newcomerstown Trojans picked up their first Inter-Valley Conference win of the young season with a 44-34 victory over the visiting Strasburg Tigers on Friday.
With scoring from four players in the initial quarter, the Trojans jumped out to a 12-6 lead and were never headed. Newcomerstown added to the lead the second round with a 9-7 scoring advantage to take a 21-13 halftime edge.
The teams played even the third stanza, with each scoring nine to give the host Trojans a 30-22 lead going to the final eight minutes, then cashed in on 8-of-14 from the charity stripe the final frame to outscore the Tigers 14-12 to provide the IVC victory.
Newcomerstown (2-3 1-2 IVC) outgoaled the Tigers, 16-13, but three of Strasburg's goals were from beyond the arc. The Trojans were 12-of-22 overall from the foul line while Strasburg converted on 5-of-6 charity tosses.
Hunter Snearey paced the Trojans with 14 points followed by Bret Burrier with seven, Austin Zufelt with six and Bril Dansby with five points.
Strasburg (0-5, 0-3 IVC) was paced by Marek Walczak with 10 points followed by Jordan Turek with eight and Matthew Neidenthal with seven markers.