BEVERLY - Through the first five games of the season, putting that little orange basketball through that little orange hoop has been something of a struggle for the Fort Frye Cadets.
But you certainly couldn't tell the Caldwell Redskins that.
Fort Frye rattled off 46 first-half points while shooting a blistering 60 percent from the field, including a smoking 80 percent from inside the 3-point line to cruise to a 67-44 win in Beverly Tuesday evening.
Fort Frye's Chandler Lang (31) looks for a teammate after faking a shot as Caldwell's Tanner Clark (24) recovers during the first quarter of a basketball game in Beverly Tuesday evening. Fort Frye beat Caldwell 67-44. (Photo by Kevin Pierson)
"After a four-game losing streak it's hard to come back out of that," said Fort Frye boys basketball coach Eric Henniger. "Anytime you can get a win like this it boosts confidence."
If ever there were two players rolling in confidence, it was the Cadets' Seth Legraen and Shon Smith. Together, the pair hit on 17-of-30 field goals and accounted for 43 points.
The Cadet duo dominated the first 16 minutes of play, with Legraen controlling the paint as he hit 7-of-8 field goals from inside the arc and 10-of-14 on the night. All told, the Cadets held a 40-16 advantage inside the three-point arc, with 39 points including free throws a result of play in the paint.
"I think it (post success) is an aggression. We're not the tallest team out there, but we're going to go after it," said Legraen, who notched a game high 24 points to go with eight rebounds.
Parkersburg Catholic 63,
Calhoun County 29
MT. ZION -Parkersburg Catholic set the tone early and defeated Calhoun County 63-29 on Tuesday night.
Behind six points and three steals from Jake Ullman, the Crusaders (3-1) built a 14-3 lead after one quarter. Ullman finished with a team-high 26 points, while Joe Padden added 11 points for the 3-1 Crusaders.
Trent Phillips led Calhoun County (1-5) with seven points.
HUNTINGTON - Huntington's offense caught fire in the second and defeated Parkersburg 78-54 on Tuesday night.
Leading 38-31 at halftime, Huntington erupted for 40 points in the second half and improved to 3-0 behind a 23-point effort from Arick Nicks.
Dru Aldridge led PHS (1-2) with 15 points, while Ben Umpleby and Trevor Britton each pitched in 13 points.
St. Marys 70,
Tyler Consolidated 61
ST. MARYS - Austin Bayless delivered 27 points and St. Marys is now 3-0 on the young season after the Blue Devils posted a 70-61 win against visiting Tyler Consolidated on Tuesday.
The Blue Devils, who return home Thursday to face Williamstown, also had double figure scoring efforts from Andrew Cosper (15), Connor Lancaster (13) and Jordan Whitehair (10). Lancaster had nine rebounds.
TCHS (2-4) also placed three players in double digits thanks to Scott Sole (16), Darren Heintzman (15) and Dylan Romine (14).
MASON - Eastern's Max Carnahan knocked down four 3s and led all scorers with 29 points here Tuesday, but it wasn't quite enough as the Eagles dropped a 61-51 TVC Hocking road contest at Wahama.
Trenton Gibbs had 14 points, 10 boards, seven steals and five assists for the White Falcons (1-2, 1-1). Austin Jordan tossed in 15 markers and Hunter Bradley had a baker's dozen for Wahama, which heads Friday to Federal Hocking.
Troy Gannt chipped in 10 points for Eastern (1-4, 1-3). The Eagles play host to South Gallia on Friday.
Paden City 65,
PADEN CITY - Host Paden City improved to 5-0 on Tuesday as Kennedy Cain dropped in 19 points and freshman Luke Cooper scored a career-high 15 in the Wildcats' 65-35 triumph versus Hundred.
Brandan Armstrong was the lone Hornet (1-4) to crack double figures in scoring, finishing with 10.
Cain missed a double-double by one rebound and added four assists and as many steals. Cooper had eight caroms and four thefts for the 'Cats, who welcome Harman to town for a 1:30 p.m. Saturday tip.
Webster County 70,
Roane County 53
SPENCER - Hunter Givent went off for 27 points and teammate Brett Morris bucketed 17 as Webster County improved to 3-0 by handing host Roane County a 70-53 setback on Tuesday night.
The Raiders, now 4-1 with a 1:30 p.m. game scheduled versus Nicholas County on Saturday at the Hoops Classic in Charleston, received a game-high 29 points from Jacob Neal.
NITRO - In a battle of 1-1 squads here Tuesday, host Nitro received a game-high 23 points from Angelo Sirianni and 19 more by Ethan Clark as the Wildcats topped Ripley, 77-51.
Ripley, which plays host on Thursday to Cabell Midland, trailed 18-5 after one and never recovered. Casey Smith had 16 points and Chuck Sleboda tossed in a dozen for the Vikings.
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio - A scoring drought in the fourth quarter plagued Marietta in its 52-40 loss at Cambridge on Tuesday night.
The game was tied at 36 before Cambridge (4-1, 2-0 ECOL) limited the Tigers (2-4, 0-4) to four points in the final eight minutes.
Adam McKnight led Marietta with 11 points, while Kyle Ritz scored a game-high 23 points for Cambridge.
Gilmer County 81,
Wirt County 69
GLENVILLE -Anthony Aviles and Nathan Allison both had career-high scoring nights as Gilmer County defeated Wirt County 81-69 on Tuesday night.
Aviles scored 16 of his 29 points as the Titans (3-1) pulled out to a 37-33 halftime lead. Allison finished with 17 points, while Austin Cunningham added 12 points.
Kalob Bell and Austin McVey paced Wirt County (1-4) with 23 and 22 points, respectively.
Buckeye Trail 57,
NEW MATAMORAS, Ohio - Buckeye Trail got 20 points from Zach Roe and rolled to a 57-24 road win at Frontier on Tuesday evening.
The Cougars, set to face Bridgeport at home on Thursday, received six points apiece from Josh Kirkbride and Dylan O'Neal.
WATERFORD - Jamie Arnold and Patrick Goff finished with 14 points each and Scotty Heslop added 10 more, but visiting Wood County Christian came up short in a 53-47 road loss Tuesday to Waterford.
Waterford's Austin Shriver led all point-producers with 18. Cody Paxton had 10 points for the host 'Cats (3-1).
Goff grabbed 13 boards to finish with the game's only double-double as the visiting 'Cats dropped to 1-6.
Ritchie County 60,
ELLENBORO - A milestone night from senior Tristin Toman led Ritchie County to a 60-57 win on Tuesday.
In addition to scoring a game-high 33 points, Toman recorded her 1,000 career point during the third quarter. Teammate Amanda Davis added 10 points as the Rebels improved to 5-2.
Ravenswood suffered its first loss of the season and slipped to 6-1 despite 18 points from Hailey Miller and 13 points from Hannah Murray.
Paden City 50,
PADEN CITY - Host Paden City squared its mark at 3-3 on the young season here Tuesday night as the Wildcats won their second straight via a 50-43 triumph against Hundred.
The Wildcats, who play at noon Saturday versus visiting Harman, received a game-high 15 points from Myah Charkawi while Hannah Stanley chipped in 10 counters.
Emily Ebert had 11 points and as many boards while teammate Katie Tennant had 10 markers and 11 caroms in the setback for the Hornets (4-3).
Wood County Christian 42,
Ohio Valley Christian 28
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio - A game-high 17 points from Emily Carman here Tuesday wasn't enough for Ohio Valley Christian as visiting Wood County Christian left town with a 42-28 win.
The Wildcats, now 3-4 with a contest slated for 9 a.m. Friday at the Hoops Classic in Charleston versus Elk Valley Christian, was led by Heather Lord's 10 points and Rachel Ruble's 16 rebounds. Lord tallied eight of her points in the fourth quarter and teammate Sarah Barnett had five of her eight tallies in the second half.