BELPRE - Host Belpre came out flat to start the second half and let Waterford back in the game, and the Wildcats persevered to the end, which saw them clip the Golden Eagles' wings by a 60-57 score in boys basketball Friday night.
And the outcome did come down to literally the end. After Brennen Ferrell's two free throws narrowed the gap to 58-57 for Belpre with 45.2 seconds to play, the Golden Eagles had to foul to try and get the ball back. But Mitch Ginther sank two free throws at the 27.6-second mark for a three-point lead, 60-57.
Ferrell's three-point basket attempt from the right wing for a tie rolled in and out of the hoop with three seconds remaining. And when Waterford's Tanner Pottmeyer missed a free throw with 1.3 seconds left, Belpre's Deijon Bedgood grabbed the rebound and threw it the length of the court. The ball hit the backboard pretty much straight on, then ricocheted downward and off the front of the rim, but fell off instead of back through the net as time expired.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Belpre's Deijon Bedgood pulls down a rebound between Waterford's Cody Paxton, left, and Garrett Lemasters Friday. The Wildcats won, 60-57. Additional photos of this event can be found at CU.newsandsentinel.com
"It was our game; we should have won, but they just wanted it more than us down the stretch," said Belpre head coach Jordan Thornhill, whose team fell to 0-2 on the season and 0-1 in the TVC Hocking Division.
After a close first quarter, which concluded with the 'Cats ahead by two at 15-13, Belpre used the free-throw line in the second quarter to forge a 37-25 halftime lead, sinking 14 of 18 freebies in the period.
However in the third quarter, the Golden Eagles started flat and never recovered, being outscored in the period 14-6, but still clung to a four-point margin, 43-39, going to the fourth quarter.
Tristan Crawford's three-point play followed by Wyatt Porter's basket at 4:41 of the fourth knotted the count at 48, and surging Waterford took the lead for good at 55-52 with 2:43 remaining on Eli Strahler's three-point play,
Porter led all scorers in the game with 16 points, followed on the Waterford side by Strahler's 13, while Nick Therriault's 15 points paced Belpre, Ferrell added 13 and Bedgood netted 12.
The Golden Eagle cagers play again today at home versus Caldwell. The JV game tips off at 4 p.m. with the varsity contest to follow.
Parkersburg Christian 41, South Charleston Christian 12
PARKERSBURG- Parkersburg Christian outscored South Charleston Christian 11-1 in the first quarter and was off to the races while posting a 41-12 victory on Friday night.
By halftime, the cushion was extended to 23-5.
Josh Deem and Korben Wright each scored eight points to lead Parkersburg Christian (1-4), while Burt Barrett led South Charleston Christian with eight points.
Warren 88, Gallia Academy 39
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio - Michael Hall had the shooting touch in the first quarter and finished with 18 points as Warren remained unbeaten at 2-0 after defeating Gallia Academy, 88-39, on Friday night.
Warren, which return home Tuesday against Portsmouth, built a 27-9 first-quarter advantage behind Hall's 14 points and four 3-pointers. Evan French led the Warriors with 25 points.
Gallia Academy, which fell to 0-2, trailed 68-29 by the end of the third quarter. Wes Jarrell led Gallia Academy with 12 points.
Paden City Holiday Tournament
PADEN CITY - Wood County Christian got off to a hot start, went ice cold and then rallied past Tyler Consolidated, 61-57, here Friday night in the semifinals of the Paden City Christmas Tournament.
Tyler Consolidated, led by Sydney Reed's game-high 27 points along with 18 more from Sophie Kinnard, trailed 8-2 early, but battled back to take a 28-18 advantage at halftime. The Silver Knights (1-2) led by double figures in the third quarter, but only carried a 36-34 cushion into the final eight minutes.
Heather Lord (22) and Hannah Lord (17) handled most of the scoring for the 1-2 Wildcats, who got a school record eight-block performance by Adria Herridge. Herridge also chipped in eight points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Teammate Rachel Ruble grabbed a dozen caroms.
In the second game, Paden City improved to 2-0 and advanced to the title game by knocking off Valley (Wetzel), 62-44.
Paden City's Cydney Blatt went to the free-throw line 20 times and finished with a game-high 17 points, while teammate Hannah Stanley knocked down four 3-pointers and scored 14 points.
Madison Arnold finished with 12 points and was the lone scorer in double-digits for Valley (0-2).
Parkersburg Christian 50, South Charleston Christian 13
PARKERSBURG - Kiera Holton scored 14 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots as host Parkersburg Christian rolled South Charleston Christian, 50-13, here Friday night.
Camie Marlow chipped in eight points for the victory while South Charleston was led by MaKayla Testa's seven markers.
PCC (2-2) now faces Ohio Valley Christian at noon today in its own tournament.
PHS have four in semifinals
SOLON, Ohio - Parkersburg, which sits in fifth place in the team standings out of 26 schools after the first day of the Solon Comet Classic, still has 11 wrestlers left alive and four of them will by vying for an individual championship.
Head coach Chris Way's Big Reds, who are at their first meet of the season, will resume action at 10:30 a.m. today with the finals set for 7 p.m.
Jared Donahue at 106, Austin Spears at 113, Trapper Hays at 152 and Codie Barrows at 160 each went unbeaten and have advanced to the semifinal round.