Indian Valley 86, Beaver Local 54
GNADENHUTTEN -- Host Indian Valley, led by a trio of players in double figures, advanced to the Division II sectional finals with a 86-54 win over the visiting Beaver Local Beavers Tuesday and will go on the road to face New Philadelphia in the sectional finals Saturday.
The Braves jumped in front early posting a 26-15 lead the initial quarter, but the Beavers shaved two off the difference the second frame out scoring Indian Valley 21-19 as the host took a 45-36 lead to the locker room at the halftime break.
The second half belonged to the Braves as Indian Valley posted scoring advantages of 23-10 and 18-7 in the third and fourth frame, respectively to account for the 86-53 final.
Indian Valley (18-7) shot 48.5 percent from the field (32-of-66), including an 8-of-21 effort from three-point range. The Braves also tacked on 14-of-20 from the foul line. Cade Williams paced Indian Valley and all scorers with a game-high 25 points, while Braden Rostad followed with 19 and Connor McGuire added 17. Karson Hartrick just missed double digits with nine points.
The Braves dished out 23 assists with Williams handing out five and McGuire four and also picked off seven steals with Jarrett Helter collecting a pair. Indian Valley was guilty of 13 turnovers.
Beaver Local connected on 14-of-44 floor shots for 31.8 percent and was 8-of-21 from beyond the arc. The Beavers added 17-of-28 from the bonus line. Chase Wilcox paced the visitors with 23 points followed by Nathan Kline with 15. Zak Poppas and Tate Joseph chipped in with six and five points, respectively.
The Beavers had 11 assists led by Wilcox with four, but had just six steals with Drew Theiss picking off a pair. Beaver Local committed 16 turnovers.
One big difference in the contest was the rebounding with Indian Valley posting a commanding 49-23 advantage on the glass. Williams pulled down nine boards followed closely by Rostad with eight, while Hartrick added five caroms. Wilcox and Michael Clendenning led the Beavers on the glass with five rebounds each.
River 83, Newcomerstown 25
HANNIBAL -- All the time and hard work that Isaac Curtis put into shooting after practice each night paid off in his final game in R.L. Potts Gymnasium.
The 5-10 senior broke his own single-game mark for made three-point goals with a dozen in shooting River to a convincing 83-25 victory over visiting Newcomerstown (3-20) in a Division III Sectional final on Friday. Curtis had the previous mark of 10 set earlier this season. He now has 85 on the year and the 12 is tied with five others for the sixth best performance of all time.
With the lopsided victory, the third-seeded Pilots (19-4) navigated their way to a Division III District semifinal against No. 8 Sandy Valley, which upset seventh-seeded Edison, 54-40.
River ran out to a 16-5 advantage after one period as Curtis drained two "treys".
A 27-7 second-quarter scoring margin put the game away for all intents as Curtis connected on five bonus bombs.
"We were able to get some easy looks early on," veteran River coach Mark Romick noted. "They (Newcomerstown) were willing to take Lukas (Isaly) away from us and that left other guys open. Isaac stepped up and knocked those shots down.
"Teams have done that all year long," Romick said of defenses designed to take the talented Isaly out of the offense. "But somebody different has stepped up each night. We've got a lot of kids that can shoot the ball from the perimeter."
With the crowd chanting his name, Curtis equaled his own mark when he connected from the left wing with 2:01 left in the third quarter. His next two attempts at history were off the mark and Romick decided to give his long-range marksman a break.
"I told him I knew he was a little bit winded," Romick recalled. "He hadn't been out (of the game) all night. I told him to sit down; get a little bit of a break and get some water in him.
"I told him to come back out in the fourth quarter and get the 11th one," the River coach added, "but it has to find the bottom of the net."
Returning to the floor to start the fourth quarter, Curtis misfired on his first attempt from beyond the arc as the huge crowd was on its feet. However, his next shot tickled the twine with just 17 ticks elapsed. His next shot also found the bottom of the net before he took a well-deserved seat on the bench.
While Curtis was filling it up from deep, junior do-everything Isaly was stuffing the stat sheet to the tune of a triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. He also charted five steals. Michael Collins added eight points off the bench.
The Trojans were led by senior Bryce Barbera with 15 points and nine rebounds.
River's in-your-face defense forced 33 turnovers, with 21 coming in the middle two frames.
Coshocton 61, Ridgewood 52
COSHOCTON -- Host Coshocton High held off the upset bid from county rival Ridgewood to win the Division III sectional championship with a 61-52 victory.
The teams met just over two weeks ago with the Redskins earning a 21-point victory but from the early going it was clear that it wasn't going to be as easy the second time around.
Ridgewood held a 13-12 lead with just under two minutes left in the opening quarter.
Coshocton junior Devin Ryan converted back-to-back three points plays as the hosts took a 18-16 lead at the first break.
As the second quarter opened, Coshocton appeared to find its stride and began to pull away behind six points from Andrew Mason in a 11-4 spurt that gave it a 29-20 lead with two minutes left in the first half which eventually became a 35-25 edge at halftime behind a pair of 3-pointers from Ashton Jarvis.
Coshocton's lead was 43-32 with 2:57 left in the third quarter when Ridgewood mounted a charge.
Keith Leindecker's three-point play started a 7-0 run that trimmed the margin to 43-39 at the 1:23 mark of the third.
Coshocton once again had the answer as Jarvis and Dallas Griffiths nailed triples to make it 49-39 at the end of three quarters.
Mason scored the first six Coshocton points of the fourth quarter as CHS built a 12-point bulge before the Orange and Black mounted one last rally.
Back-to-back treys from Braeden Smith and Zach Wright made it 55-49 with 3:38 left in the contest but the Generals wouldn't get any closer.
Mason had 21 points to pace the 'Skins while Jarvis and Griffiths both chipped in with 13. Griffith also pulled down eight rebounds.
Leindecker and Smith both had 15 points for the Generals with Leindecker also corralling 11 rebounds.