Indian Valley 56, Bishop Hartley 54
COLUMBUS — Visiting Indian Valley High escaped with a 56-54 double overtime victory over Bishop Hartley in boys’ basketball action on Friday.
The Braves won the first quarter by an 18-13 scoring margin, but the Hawks answered in the second round with a 15-11 edge to make it a 29-28 game at halftime in favor of the visitors.
Indian Valley came back out on top after the third period with a 12-9 scoring difference, but once again Bishop Hartley rallied back with an 8-4 edge in the fourth to send the game to OT.
Both teams scored four in the first overtime, but the Braves used a slim 7-5 edge in the second OT to seal the outcome.
Three players reached double digits in scoring for Indian Valley as Ryan Berger led the way with 14 points followed by Cade Williams with 13, Connor McGuire with 12 and Karson Hartrick with nine.
For the Hawks, Garrett Tipton led the way with 16 counters followed closely by Payton Collins with 14 and Morgan Safford with 13.
IVHS committed 12 turnovers and collected 24 total rebounds paced by Williams and Braden Rostad with six boards apiece.
Indian Valley 86, Newcomerstown 25
GNADENHUTTEN - Host Indian Valley stayed perfect on the season with a lopsided 86-25 romp over Newcomerstown in Inter-Valley Conference action on Tuesday.
A total of four Braves reached double figures in improving to a perfect 7-0 on the season in the IVC home court win.
Leading the way for Indian Valley was Connor McGuire with a game-high 13 pointsincluding four "treys", with Tanner Myers chipping in 11 markers for the winners. Karson Hartrick and Ryan Berger each finished with 10 points for IV while Cade Williams and Noah Baker each just missed double figures with nine.
Newcomerstown’s limited offense was paced by Alex Porcher with 10 points, with Levi Kilpatrick chipping in nine for the Trojans (0-9).
Indian Valley dominated the rebounding battle by a 48-17 margin, with Jameson Herman and Jacob Armstrong each leading the Braves with six boards apiece. Kilpatrick led NHS off the glass with seven rebounds.
Indian Valley 42, Hiland 37
GNADENHUTTEN — In a low scoring affair, the host Indian Valley Braves used a four point scoring edge the fourth quarter to survive for a 42-37 Inter-Valley Conference win over the Hiland Hawks on Friday.
Both teams scored 12 points the initial quarter and Indian Valley finally forced some separation the second frame out scoring the Hawks 8-6 to take a narrow 20-18 lead to the locker room at the halftime break.
Hiland cut into the difference the third frame with a 14-13 scoring edge to send the teams to the final stanza with Indian Valley clinging to a narrow 33-32 lead. The Braves then out scored Hiland 9-5 in the final chapter to claim the 42-37 IVC victory.
The Braves were 16-of-44 from the field for 36.4 percent, but were just 1-of-12 from three point range and added 9-of-12 from the bonus line. Cade Williams paced Indian Valley scoring with 16 points with Karson Hartrick following with 12. Connor McGuire added seven points. The Braves dished out nine assists with Braden Rostad accounting for three and grabbed six steals with McGuire and Williams having two each.
Hiland was 15-of-39 from the floor for 38.5 percent which included a 5-of-16 effort from beyond the arc, but were just 2-of-6 from the charity stripe. Kobe Troyer paced the Hawks with 13 points with Scott Troyer just missing double digits with nine, while Andrew Miller was close behind with eight.
Indian Valley posted a 36-22 rebounding advantage with Williams and Rostad pulling down 11 boards each and Hartrick added six caroms. Damien Kandel paced Hiland on the glass with six rebounds.
Strasburg 65, Ridgewood 37
WEST LAFAYETTE — Visiting Strasburg parlayed a 23-12 opening quarter lead into a 39-17 halftime lead and never looked back in running past the host Ridgewood Generals 65-37 in Inter-Valley Conference action Friday.
The Tigers capitalized on a 16-5 scoring edge the second round to build the 22-point lead by the halftime intermission. The scoring difference was much closer the third stanza with Strasburg posting a 11-10 advantage and then the Tigers closed it out by out scoring the Generals 15-10 the final quarter to provide the 65-37 final.
Strasburg out goaled the Generals 27-9 which included five treys for the Tigers and three for the Generals. The Tigers were a near perfect 6-of-7 from the foul line. Andrew Cragan poured in a game-high 20 points to lead the Strasburg offensive surge with Mitch Neithenthal close behind with 18 counters. Mike Neithenthal just missed double digits with nine points and Race King was close behind with eight.
Despite making just nine floor shots, Ridgewood converted 16-of-20 from the charity stripe to help make up part of the difference. Chase Griffith paced the Generals in scoring with 13 points with Zach Wright and Kaden Smith scoring 10 points each.
Buckeye Trail 57, Newcomerstown 22
OLD WASHINGTON — Temperatures outside the Buckeye Trail High gymnasium were frigid on Friday night, but on the inside Warrior junior Zach Grafton did his best to heat things up for the home team.
Grafton exploded for a game-high 28 points along with 11 rebounds versus the visiting Newcomerstown Trojans to lead a 57-22 romp by the Warriors in an Inter-Valley Conference matchup.
In the opening quarter, Grafton tallied 17 points to get the Warriors off and running as they seized control of the contest with a 25-7 lead.
"Zach really got us off to good start tonight," Trail coach Gary Chumney offered. "He was hot in that first quarter and I think our guys did a great job of getting him the ball. That’s good team basketball and I feel we really did a nice job with that."
Grafton knocked down a sizzling 7-of-8 shots from the field, including a perfect 2-for-2 from beyond the three-point line, in the first period. For the game, Grafton’s shooting performance was a sparkling 10-of-13 from the field along with a 5-for-7 effort from the charity stripe.
On the other side, NHS first-year head coach Tim Davis was left scratching his head as his Trojans again struggled with ball security leading to the slow start.
In addition to dealing with Grafton’s hot hand, Newcomerstown committed a total of 11 turnovers against Trail’s full-court defensive pressure in the opening quarter, which led to the early deficit.
"We’re just not handling pressure too well," said Davis. "We came in averaging over 20 turnovers a night, and once again we struggled and it just makes it tough.
"We you have that much trouble with turnovers, it means you’re not getting up enough shots," the Trojans’ coach continued. "Add to that we are shooting a low percentage, so it kind of snowballs on us."
Buckeye Trail extended its lead in the second stanza, using a 13-4 scoring edge to push the lead out to 38-11 at the halftime break.
Junior Branden Barnett took over the scoring load for the Warriors in the frame with eight points, knocking down a pair of treys to finish with 10 points in the first half.
"Branden teamed with Zach in that first half to get us going in the right direction," Chumney stated. "We’ve been talking about playing hard for four quarters and tonight I feel we did that."
With the home-court IVC win, Buckeye Trail improves to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in league play.
"Our intensity level was good and we played hard, so I’m happy with that," Chumney offered. "I’m happy with the win, but we need to start stringing wins together and keep building some momentum."
Scoring slowed down in the second half, with Trail holding a 19-11 edge to maintain control en route to the 35-point win.
Barnett finished with 17 points to compliment Grafton’s big scoring effort, with junior Brandon Rominger adding six markers off the bench. Senior point guard Trey Dougherty didn’t hit the scoring column, but played a solid floor game with four assists and a trio of steals for the Warriors.
Senior Levi Kilpatrick paced the Trojans (0-10, 0-7 IVC) with nine points and eight rebounds, with sophomore Alex Porcher chipping in six points.
"We had some bright spots tonight," Davis offered. "I thought Levi played really well inside tonight for us. We just need to cut down on the turnovers and get him the ball more ... it’s simple.
"Effort has never been a problem with this group," he added. "They work hard, but we just need to cut down on the turnovers as we move forward."