Sandy Valley 63, Ridgewood 42
MAGNOLIA -- Host Sandy Valley got off to a great start and never looked back in rolling to a 63-42 Inter-Valley Conference win over the visiting Ridgewood Generals Tuesday.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 20-7 lead the initial quarter, but Ridgewood rallied for a 17-12 difference the second round to cut the margin to 32-24 going to the locker room for the halftime intermission.
Sandy Valley came out of the locker room ready following the break and added to the margin by out scoring the Generals 17-9 the third stanza and then capped off the 21-point win with a 14-9 scoring advantage the final eight minutes to provide the 63-42 final.
Ridgewood connected on 18 floor shots (two three-pointers) and added 4-of-7 from the charity stripe. Keith Leindecker paced the Generals in scoring with 16 points followed by Jhett Slusser with 10. Chase Griffith chipped in with six points and Braeden Smith added five.
The Cardinals poured in 23 field goals including three treys, and had a big night from the foul line hitting 12-of-19 attempts. Bryce Kelly paced Sandy Valley with 18 points followed closely by Chad Neisel with 17, while Dan Bartholomew also got into double figures with 12 points. Bryce Offenberger added seven and Nelson Mozden added five counters.
Strasburg 77,Nc'town 39
STRASBURG -- A big second quarter blew open what had been a close game as the host Strasburg Tigers posted a 21-0 scoring edge in the second round and never looked back in taking a 77-39 Inter-Valley Conference win over the Newcomerstown Trojans on Tuesday.
Strasburg (14-2, 9-2 IVC) jumped to a narrow 19-16 lead after the opening quarter and then capitalized on the big second round to run the difference to 40-16 by the halftime break.
The Tigers continued to roll following the intermission, outscoring the Trojans 23-15 in the third period and the capped off the big win with a 14-8 scoring edge ver the final eight minutes to provide the 77-39 final.
Newcomerstown (2-12, 1-10 IVC) converted on 14 floor shots, including four from three-point range, and added 5-of-8 from the foul line. Brennan Wilkin paced the Trojans' offense with 17 points followed by Bryce Barbera with six.
Strasburg poured in 29 field shots, including five three-pointers, and tacked on 14-of-19 from the charity stripe. Shevin Javersak was game-high scorer for the Tigers with 29 points followed by Jared Burnworth with 12. Henry Malcuit just missed double figures with nine points and Mitch Neidenthal chipped in seven.
Nc'town 65,Garaway 62
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Shockwaves echoed through the Inter-Valley Conference Friday as the Newcomerstown Trojans upended the visiting Garaway Pirates, 65-62, in a contest with big league implications.
The difference came at the foul line, despite the Pirates draining 11 three-pointers as both teams scored 55 points on field goals, but Newcomerstown was 10-of-24 while Garaway was 7-of-10 from the charity line.
Garaway jumped out to a 12-7 lead after the initial quarter, but Newcomerstown countered with a 22-17 scoring advantage in the second round to knot the score at 29-all heading to the halftime break.
Following the intermission, George Brode got the hot hand for the Trojans by pouring in 12 of his 22 points in the round as Newcomerstown out scored the Pirates 20-8 to build a 49-37 lead going to the final eight minutes. Garaway battled back in the final stanza, but Newcomerstown utilized the foul line converting 8-of-21 to hold off the Pirates for the IVC victory.
Newcomerstown (3-12, 2-10 IVC) poured in 26 floor shots including three "treys" and made up the difference from the bonus line with the 10-of-24 effort. Brode paced the Trojans in scoring with Bryce Barbera close behind with 19 points. Brandon Septer and J'marea Sterns rounded out four Newcomerstown players in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Garaway connected on 22 field shots, half of them from beyond the arc, and tacked on 7-of-10 from the foul line. Ty Hamsher paced the Pirates and all scorers with 31 points including five "triples", with Phil Gebrandt, Malik Shaffer and Ben Mason supporting with nine, eight and seven points, respectively.
Indian Valley 58,Tuslaw 55
GNADENHUTTEN -- A furious second-half rally by the visiting Tuslaw Mustangs came up just short and Indian Valley High was able to hang on and win the Principals Athletic Conference affair 58-55 on Friday night.
The Braves dominated the first half as they out scored the Mustangs 19-6 in the first quarter and again 21-15 in the second round to take a commanding 40-21 lead heading into the halftime intermission.
However, the tables drastically turned in the second half, as Tuslaw minimized its deficit to 12 points with a 17-10 scoring edge in the third stanza and nearly tied the game with a 17-8 fourth-quarter scoring effort but fell just short and suffered the PAC setback.
Four scorers reached double figures for the Braves including Cade Williams with a team-high 13 points followed by Ryan Berger's 11 points while Karson Hartrick and Connor McGuire tallied 10 points.
Matt Lamp earned the game-high scoring honors with 29 markers while Austin Patterson added 12 points and Cole Freidly tacked on nine points.
Hiland 71, Ridgewood 47
BERLIN -- Jumping in front 28-13 the initial quarter, the host Hiland Hawks were never headed as they posted a 71-47 Inter-Valley Conference win over the visiting Ridgewood Generals Friday.
The Hawks added a 18-15 scoring advantage in the second round to run the lead to 46-28 going to the locker room for the halftime break.
Hiland added to the margin in the third frame, out scoring the Generals 18-10 to increase the lead to a commanding 64-38 before Ridgewood slipped by the Hawks 9-7 in the final eight minutes to provide the 71-47 final.
Ridgewood converted on 16 field goals, including three triples, and added 12-of-18 from the charity stripe. Jhett Slusser paced the Generals with 17 points with Braeden Smith adding 10 and Chase Griffith eight markers.
Hiland poured in 28 floor shots, including five treys, and tacked on 10-of-16 from the bonus line. Chris Kline scored a game-high 22 points to pace the Hawks with support from Turner Horn with 14, while Andy Miller and Noah Sommers chipped in with 10 points each and Scott Troyer added nine.
Ridgewood 62, River View 56
WEST LAFAYETTE --- Host Ridgewood High created just a big enough cushion in the first half to escape a near River View High second-half comeback scare with a slim 62-56 victory on Saturday night.
The Generals recorded a big first quarter outscoring the Black Bears 15-7 and then added on to their lead in the second quarter posting a 13-6 scoring edge.
Ridgewood carried a commanding 28-13 lead into halftime.
River View sliced four points off its deficit in the third round with a 18-14 advantage and nearly made a fourth-quarter comeback with a 25-15 edge but came up just short.
The Generals' offense was led by Keith Leindecker who recorded a game-high 19 points followed by Jhett Slusser with 14 counters and Chase Griffith with nine.
A trio of players reached double digits for the Black Bears including Warren Cox with a team-high 15 points, Chase Whitehair with 14 points and Jorn Hocter added 13 markers in the losing effort.