WEST LAFAYETTE -- Visiting Malvern High collected a 55-42 road win over Ridgewood High in Inter-Valley Conference boys basketball action on Tuesday night.
Following a first quarter that saw the two squads deadlocked at 8-8, the Hornets used a 15-11 scoring edge in the second stanza to lead 23-18 at the halftime intermission. Jarrett Majastic led the Malvern charge with 11 points in the period.
Malvern extended the lead in the third quarter with an 18-12 advantage to extend the lead out to 41-30 entering the final quarter of play.
Majastic again led the Hornets with 10 points in the frame, including a pair of three-pointers.
Malvern would then hold on for the IVC road win with a 14-12 scoring advantage in the fourth period.
Junior Keith Leindecker led Ridgewood with 10 points, while senior Tanner Shaw supplied nine points with juniors Jhett Slusser adding eight and Braeden Smith finishing with seven markers.
Majastic closed his night's work with a game-high 24 points for Malvern, with Jordan Browning contributing nine and Drew Hutchison adding seven for the Hornets.
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- With 11 players in the scoring column, the visiting Hiland Hawks powered past the host Newcomerstown Trojans in Inter-Valley Conference play Tuesday by an 84-54 tally.
The Hawks dialed long-distance as they poured in eight "triples" on the night and jumped out to a 19-10 lead after the first frame. The visitors then erupted for 23 points in the second round, while Newcomerstown managed just eight points as Hiland took a comfortable 42-18 lead to the locker room at the halftime break.
Following the intermission, the third round was close with Hiland posting an 18-15 scoring advantage and then closed out the victory by out scoring the hosts 24-21 over the final eight minutes to provide the 84-54 final.
Hiland hit on 34 field goals, including the eight "threes", and added 8-of-15 from the foul line. Isaac Horn paced a balanced scoring attack by the Hawks with 17 points. Brady Schlabach added 10 counters with Chris Kline adding nine, Bryan Yoder and Brice Troyer eight each.
Newcomerstown (0-4, 0-3 IVC) connected on 18 floor shots with two "threes" and was 16-of-22 from the bonus line. Nick Midlander paced the Trojans with a game-high 28 points and Bryce Barbara added 18.
Indian Valley 63
GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley High went into the fourth quarter trailing 54-40 and were unable to dig themselves out of the hole, as they fell at home in Principals Athletic Conference play on Friday at the hands of the Tuslaw Mustangs by a 70-63 count.
Tuslaw (3-0, 2-0 PAC) ran out of the gates, collecting 19 points in the first quarter and holding IVHS to just 12.
The second frame was more evenly matched as both teams delivered 14 points and went into the break with Tuslaw in front 33-26.
The Mustangs had another big quarter in the third as they outscored Indian Valley 21-14 to stretch their lead to 54-40 going into the final frame.
The Braves woke up in the fourth by torching the nets for 23 points and keeping the Mustangs at 16 points but that was too little too late as Tuslaw held on for the seven point win.
Indian Valley (2-3, 0-2 PAC) was led by their senior and soon to be Hilltopper at West Liberty University, Dalton Bolon with 20 points, five assists and four rebounds, while connecting on a team-high four three-pointers.
Also hitting double figures for the Braves was Connor McGuire who tallied 10 points.
Four seniors reached double figures for Tuslaw as Blane Hewitt paced the Mustangs with 24 points with help from Jake Wake, who generated 13 points, Mark Meyer who accounted for 11 points and John Carroll III, who delivered 10 points in the win.
Sandy Valley 53,
MAGNOLIA -- After establishing an eight point advantage after the first frame, Ridgewood High only managed one point in the second quarter and fell to host Sandy Valley High by a score of 53-35 in Inter-Valley Conference action on Friday.
Ridgewood received nine points from Seth Adkins in the first as they jumped out to a 19-11 lead after one and had the momentum on their side.
That was until the second period began and the Generals lost command of the game by only managing one point in the second quarter, which came on a Zach Wright free-throw.
Sandy Valley struck for 18 points in the quarter to take a 29-20 lead into halftime.
The third period was a little better but Ridgewood still got outscored 19-7 and trailed 48-27 going into the final quarter of play with the game with the Cardinals in control.
Indian Valley took the fourth frame by an 8-5 count but by then it was too late and they dropped an 18-point loss on the road.
Adkins led RHS with 15 points, while Chase Griffith added 12 points.
Carl Lordin paced Sandy Valley with 11 points while a trio of Cardinals, Tyler Price, Jared Eichelberger and Bryce Kelly produced eight points.
STRASBURG -- Newcomerstown High is still searching for that first illusive victory as the host Strasburg Tigers rolled to a 71-37 Inter-Valley Conference win on Friday.
The Tigers wasted no time in setting the tone with a 15-6 scoring advantage in the first quarter and added to the lead in the second round out scoring the Trojans 19-8 to take a 34-14 lead to the locker room at halftime.
Things didn't get any better for Newcomerstown following the intermission, with Strasburg reeling off a 22-10 scoring edge during the third stanza and capped the night with a 15-13 scoring advantage the final eight minutes to provide the lopsided 71--37 league victory.
Bryce Barbera paced Newcomerstown (0-5, 0-4 IVC) with 17 points and Brennan Wilkin followed with 12 for the Trojans, while Brandon Septer chipped in six points.
Strasburg posted a 30-18 edge in field goals and was a near-perfect 7-of-8 from the foul line with three players scoring in double figures. Shevin Javersak led the way with 20 points while Jared Burnworth added 14 and Clarence Sweard had 12 markers. Henry Malcuit and Race King added seven and six points, respectively.