Division III Sectional Final
Garaway 40, Ridgewood 32
UHRICHSVILLE -- Three was not a charm for the Generals on Saturday night in the Division III sectional final at Claymont High School. Despite beating the Pirates twice in the regular season (47-45 and 77-64), Ridgewood came up on the short end of a 40-32 decision.
The Pirates move on to play Fort Frye in the district semifinals on Tuesday.
Defense was the name of the game for the Pirates who interchanged 10 players often and slowed the game down to help keep the General offense balance.
Garaway moved out to an 11-6 first quarter lead. An 8-6 General advantage in the second period closed the gap to 17-14 by halftime. Dillion McPherson was the only Ridgewood player who could find the net as he scored 12 of the General's 14 points during that time.
The Pirate strategy of shutting down Tanner Stoffer and Zak Keesee worked to perfection. Both players combined for 80 points in the two wins against Garaway during the regular season. However, they scored a combined 12 (Stoffer - nine, Keesee - three) during this contest.
Ridgewood (16-6) tied the game in the third quarter by winning it 11-8. But the Pirates clamped down in the fourth stanza with a 15-7 run that included a 2-for-13 shooting effort by the Generals to advance in the tournament.
Free throws were also a major difference as the Pirates made 11-of-20 while the Generals only managed 3-of-7.
McPherson finished with 14 points, a season high for him. C.J. Grove led the team with 13 rebounds.
Tyler Walter led Garaway (13-9) with 14 points while Duane Troyer scored 13.
Garaway 11 6 8 15 - 40
Ridgewood 6 8 11 7 - 32
Division II Sectional
Dover 69, Indian Valley 38
ZANESVILLE -- The Tornadoes broke away in the second half from a relatively close game to score a 69-38 win in the opening round of Division II sectional play at Zanesville High School on Thursday.
Dover (13-8) moved out to a 15-10 first quarter lead. Both teams went cold in the second period with the Tornadoes escaping with an 8-6 edge to take a 23-16 lead at halftime. A 16-10 advantage in the third quarter extended Dover's lead to 39-26. It was all Tornadoes in the fourth stanza as they ruled the scoreboard 30-12 to dominate the final score. Overall the winners made 16-of-22 shots in the second half and 25-of-42 for the game.
Indian Valley (5-16), who went 5-7 after starting off the season 0-9, got 11 points from sophomore Brady Byers, including three treys.
Junior post Brett Cox scored nine points to go with five rebounds while Jamie MacAdam added six points. The Braves saw nine seniors play their last game.
Dover was led by Jordan Ravine's 16 points as the junior made his first six shots of the game.
The Tornadoes advanced to play John Glenn in the sectional championship.
Indian Valley 10 6 10 12 - 38
Dover 15 8 16 30 - 69
Division III Sectional
Garaway 54, Newcomerstown 38
UHRICHSVILLE -- The Trojan game plan versus Garaway worked to near perfection through three quarters of action on Monday at the Division III sectional tournament held at Claymont High School. But the final period of action proved to be the Trojans' undoing in a 54-38 season ending loss.
"For three quarters tonight we did a nice job of executing our game plan," Newcomerstown coach Danny Weekley said. "Then the wheels fell off the bus in the fourth and we sort of lost our composure and it cost us the game."
Entering the fourth stanza, the Trojans trailed 40-37 as the IVC foes exchanged "punches" all night with neither team able to grab the upper hand.
But in the decisive final eight minutes, the Trojan offense went into a deep-freeze and was outscored 14-1 to see the season come to an end. The lone point came on a free throw by senior Cody Sproat as the Trojans only got off four shots in the quarter, with shot opportunities limited due to eight costly turnovers.
"The kids played extremely hard tonight," Weekley said. "But then a couple of things went against us late, and we just weren't able to recover. Our game plan tonight was to get the ball inside to Kristopher (Wolf) and Cody (Sproat), and we were effective with that for the most part until late in the game."
Wolf, a 6-4 senior was especially effective in the early going as his Trojan teammates got the ball to him inside the paint time and time again. Wolf muscled his way to a pair of buckets for four points in the opening quarter, and a three-point make from sophomore Austin King left the Trojans and Pirates deadlocked at 13-13 after the first period.
In the second quarter Wolf continued to have his way inside the paint, adding six more points for the Orange and Black, while senior Caleb Fenton supplied a spark off the bench with five points in the stanza.
But a late bucket at the buzzer by Garaway freshman Josh Werker gave the Pirates a slim 12-11 scoring edge in the quarter, and a 25-24 lead at intermission.
Newcomerstown opened the second half on fire, reeling off a 7-0 run, capped by a basket from Wolf at the 5:44 mark to give the Trojans a 31-25 lead. The Pirates, however, closed the quarter with a 15-6 run to lead 40-37 after three quarters.
"Kris did a nice job tonight, he was really working hard out there," Weekley said. "I felt our defense was pretty good most of the night, we just couldn't finish it off in the fourth quarter tonight."
Garaway (12-9) enjoyed a balanced attack with four players in double figures led by Duane Troyer with 14 points while Tyler Walter added 12. Werker and Seth Miller each made 10 points.
Wolf finished with 12 points to pace Newcomerstown (4-17) while Sproat chipped in with 10 and Fenton closed with eight.
Garaway finished with a 22-20 rebounding edge. Wolf, who also had three assists, led the Trojans off the glass with seven while Sproat hauled down six.
Last night's game was the final one in their Newcomerstown career for seniors Wolf, Sproat, Fenton, Eric Rose, Woody Burrier and Paul Matthews.
"Our seniors are a great group of young men, and I appreciate each and every one," Weekley said. "They along with our underclassman did a great job of representing our school and community all season to the fullest."
Garaway advanced to meet Ridgewood, who defeated the Pirates twice in the regular season, in the sectional championship at Claymont High School.