Newcomerstown 49, East Canton 37
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- First-year Newcomerstown High head coach Rod Bonamico didn't have to wait long for his first win with the Trojans, as the Orange and Black picked up a 49-37 opening night win over visiting East Canton in Inter-Valley Conference hardwood action on Tuesday.
The Trojans led 16-12 after the first stanza, then added an 11-5 scoring edge in the second period to extend the lead to 27-17 at the intermission.
Doing most of the damage for the Trojans in the first half was senior Austin King who pumped in 13 points to get NHS off to a solid start.
In the second half, the Trojans held on for Bonamico's first win with a 22-20 advantage.
King finished with a game-high 24 points to lead the Trojans (1-0) while Austin Zufelt and Josh Green chipped in seven points each.
East Canton (0-3) was led by Kody Kennedy with 13 points while Nick Johnson and Andrew Kessler each finished with six points.
Sandy Valley 46, Ridgewood 30
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Ridgewood High dropped its 2013 season opener as Sandy Valley came calling and left with a 46-30 Inter Valley Conference triumph on Tuesday.
Generating offense appeared to be a challenge for the Generals, who scored more than ten points in only one quarter, the final one.
In the meantime, Sandy Valley was having less trouble, and rode the offensive production of Nate Shepler's eight first half points to a 20-12 halftime advantage. Shepler along with teammates Luke Sommer and Chad Neisel combined for all of the Cardinal scoring in the third as a 14-6 advantage sent the guests to the final frame up 34-18.
Each squad tallied a dozen points in the fourth period.
Ryan Lowe led Ridgewood (0-1, 0-1 IVC) in scoring with nine points. Teammates Austin Lowery and Matt Saylor tacked on a half dozen apiece.
Sandy Valley's Shepler finished with 18 points to lead all players. Sommer added 10.
Danville 73, Ridgewood 36
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Visiting Danville High played rude guests with a convincing 73-36 victory over the Ridgewood High Generals on Saturday night in a non-league match-up.
Danville jumped out in front by a 16-5 margin after the opening quarter led by Andy Payne who pumped in 12 points in the frame.
In the second quarter, Danville took control for good with a 19-4 scoring edge to lead comfortably at 35-9 at the intermission.
Payne would finish with a game-high 31 points to pace Danville, while Thomas Hawk, Greg Briggs and Ridge Durbin each added double figure support with 10.
Ridgewood was led by senior Ryan Lowe with 12 points, with Austin Lowery adding 10 for the Generals.