Dave Osso

Newcomerstown News

WEST LAFAYETTE — The Generals led through the first half but couldn’t hold on in the second as they fell to Garaway in a make-up game on Thursday, 49-42.

Ridgewood led 6-2 after the first quarter and 19-13 at halftime, and 33-31 as the fourth quarter began. But the Pirates outscored their hosts 18-10 in the final eight minutes to pull out the win.

A 12-1 advantage at the free throw line in favor of Garaway (13-2, 10-1 IVC) proved to be the difference. The Pirates were 12-of-19 at the charity stripe, including their only two points in the first quarter, while the Generals had just two attempts, making one.

Paul Honigford led Garaway with 19 points, including 15 in the second half. Jake Troyer and Brennan Mullet both finished with 10.

Evan Jones was top scorer for Ridgewood (7-8, 5-6 IVC) with 11 points. Three players came through with eight points, including Tanner Stoffer, Richard Hawthorne, and Thomas Ellis. 

The Pirates won the reserve game, 40-38.

Ridgewood 6 13 14 10 – 43

Garaway   2 11 18 18 - 49

Nc’town falls to Conotton Valley 

BOWERSTON — Conotton Valley used an 8-6 advantage in overtime, including a two-point put-back by Brandon Bailey with two seconds left, to post their first Inter-Valley Conference win of the year as they knocked off Newcomerstown, 63-61, on Tuesday. 

The Trojans (5-11, 2-10 IVC) jumped out to a 15-12 lead the opening quarter and took a 25-23 advantage to the locker room at the half.

The Orange and Black then added one to the difference the third stanza with an 11-10 scoring edge. But the Rockets rebounded the final eight minutes to outscore the visitors 22-19 and knot the score at 55 to force overtime.

Newcomerstown’s Cameron Wolf led the way with 19 points, while Matt Ayres added 12. Jansen Lenzo and Paul Matthews each tallied nine points and Bubba Harris added seven.

Conotton Valley (3-13, 1-10 IVC) was led by Brandon Bailey’s 18 points and brother Shawn added 17. Nick Galigher followed with 10 while Shawn Ball contributed nine.

The Trojans won the reserve game, 47-35. Caleb Fenton led all scorers with 18 points. Woody Burrier and Cody Sproat each cashed in nine points. The Newcomerstown JV is now 11-5 overall and 8-4 in the IVC.

Newcomerstown  61

Rankin 0-2-2; Wolf 7-3-19; Lenzo 1-6-9; Ayres 6-0-12; Harris 3-1-7; Matthews 1-0-3; Arnold 3-2-9; Fenton 0-0-0; Sproat 0-0-0 . Totals 21-14-61.

Conotton Valley 63

Galigher 4 2-2 10; Rodriguez 0 0-0 0; Yarick 2 1-2 7; Johnson 1 0-0 2; Ball 2 5-6 9; Bailey 7 4-5 18; Bailey 7 3-4 17. Totals 23 15-20 63.

Newcomerstown  15 10 11 19 6 — 61

Conotton Valley    12 11 10 22 8 — 63

3-point goals:  N - Wolf 2, Lenzo, Matthews, Arnold 1. CV – Yarick 2.

Malvern edges Ridgewood

WEST LAFAYETTE — Malvern edged by Ridgewood on Tuesday, 48-46, as Max Kapron hit a short jumper as time ran out for the win.

Both teams put up the points in the first quarter with the Generals emerging with a 23-18 lead. Ridgewood held onto its lead by halftime, 30-27, and clung to a 40-39 advantage as the fourth frame began.

With the game tied 46-46, the Hornets ran off the last 1:32 on the clock before Kapron hit his game-winner. 

Evan Jones again led Ridgewood scoring, this time with 16 points. Adam Wackerly of the Hornets (8-5, 7-3 IVC) had a game-high 20 points. Travis Tucci added 12.

Ridgewood 23 7 10 6 – 46

Malvern    18 9 12 9 - 48

Strasburg beats Nc’town 

Pressure defense and a precise flex offense helped visiting Strasburg slide by the Trojans last Friday, 54-42, in Inter-Valley Conference action.

The Tigers (8-5, 6-4 IVC) came out of the gates strong as they jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the first quarter.

The Trojans (5-10, 2-9 IVC) eventually stirred from dormancy when sophomore Matt Ayres scored on a pair of free throws and a post move, followed by a layup from Cameron Wolf. It appeared Newcomerstown was back in contention as the first quarter ended, 17-9.

The Trojans carried the momentum into the beginning of the second frame, when Ayres connected on another inside shot and Caleb Rankin rattled in two foul shots at the 6:56  mark, making the score 19-13  in favor of Strasburg.

A minute later, Bubba Harris scored two consecutive layups off steals to bring the Trojans within two, 19-17. The visitors responded when Bell hit a "triple" and Hunter Schneiter converted a layup, pushing the Strasburg lead to 24-17 with 3:00 left in the half.

Down 28-18, the Trojans scored the final two buckets of the half, layups from Ayres and Josh Miller, to head into the locker room down six, 28-22.

Apparently, each coach had a defense-oriented halftime speech, because the third quarter was a war of attrition, with Strasburg edging out an 8-6 advantage.

The slow third frame set up a shootout in the final period, beginning when the teams traded layup-for-layup and the first minute of the fourth quarter looked like a track meet.

Up 40-32 with 6:40 left in the contest, Strasburg used a 14-10 run to end the game and return home with a league win. The streak featured a pair of layups from Austin Hostetler to put the game out of reach, 52-39, with 3:11 left.

The game was not without its bright points for the hosts, as the promising second-year forward, Ayres, lead all scorers with 14 points and four blocked shots. Harris recorded 11 points and eight rebounds as the only other Trojan in double figures; Miller added eight markers; and Rankin tallied six points and had four assists.

Schneiter led a balanced scoring attack for the Tigers, notching 13 points. Hostetler poured in 10; Bell had 11; and Bonifant scored nine counters, pulled down six boards and hammered three blocks.

Newcomerstown shot 16-of-32 (50 percent) from the field, and 10-of-15 (66 percent) from the stripe, while the visitors hit 21-of-45 (46 percent) field goal attempts and 8-of-9 (88 percent) foul shots.

The Trojans enjoyed a slight rebounding advantage, 23-20, but coughed up 15 turnovers while forcing 12 Strasburg miscues.

NHS head coach Dan Weekley credited the defensive effort of Strasburg in the loss.

"We started out slow in the first quarter and got down behind the eight-ball," Weekley noted. "They are a good team. We got back in the game, but we had some mental mistakes handling their press, it caused some unforced turnovers.

"That was the big thing...the turnovers," the Trojan coach continued. "Ayres is only a sophomore, but he has played with every big-name player so far this year, and I think this is his fifth or sixth straight double-figure game. I thought he did a tremendous job."

Newcomerstown won the reserve game, 39-36.  Four Trojans finished with seven points each, including Joe Raach, Cody Sproat, Tyler Craigo, and Kris Wolf. 

Strasburg 54

Froman 2-3-7, Schneiter 6-1-13, Bonifant 3-2-9, Hostetler4-2-10, Kuecher 2-0-4, Bell 4-0-11. Totals 21-8-54.

Newcomerstown 42

Rankin 1-4-6, Miller 4-0-8, Lenzo 0-1-1, Wolf 1-0-2, Ayres 5-4-14, Harris 5-1-11. Totals 16-10-42.

Strasburg              17 11  8  18 — 54

Newcomerstown   9 13  6   14 — 42

3-point goals: S - Bell 3, Bonifant 1. N - 0.  

Ridgewood beats Conotton Valley 

WEST LAFAYETTE — Ridgewood used a dominating first quarter to ride to a 63-36 win over Conotton Valley last Friday.

The Generals shot out to a 15-2 first quarter lead and continued to pour it on, leading 31-7 by halftime. They outscored their visitors 32-29 the rest of the way. 

Evan Jones and Thomas Ellis each had 15 points to pace the Generals (7-5, 5-4 IVC).  Shawn and Brandon Bailey, who are brothers, each scored nine points for the Rockets (2-12, 0-10 IVC). 

Ridgewood won the reserve game, 48-38.

Ridgewood          15 16 17 15 – 63

Conotton Valley  2 5 13 16 – 36

Triway beats Indian Valley 

WOOSTER — Triway took down Indian Valley last Friday, 53-45, as the Titans used a 14-2 first quarter to build a cushion that the Brave’s could not overcome. 

Indian Valley rallied though and actually won the next three quarters, 43-39, but it simply wasn’t enough to wipe out the early deficit. 

Tanner Eckstein led Indian Valley (3-11, 3-7 PAC) with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Lehigh cashed in 10 points. The Titans (11-4, 8-2 PAC) were led by Zach Houmard’s 15 points. 

Triway took the reserve game, 52-42. 

Triway          14 12 16 11 – 53

Indian Valley  2 13 10 20 - 45

Garaway beats Indian Valley 

SUGARCREEK — Garaway scored an easy 61-33 win over Indian Valley in non-conference play last Saturday. 

Kyle Lehigh had seven points to pace the Braves (3-12). Tanner Klein scored 12 points for the Pirates (11-2). 

No other details were available. 

 Ridgewood falls to Coshocton 

WEST LAFAYETTE — Ridgewood dropped a 52-44 decision to Coshocton in a non-conference game last Saturday. 

Thomas Ellis was top scorer for the Generals (7-6) with 13 points. Dom McCluskey paced the Redskins (9-4) with 20 markers. 

No other details were available.