Mustangs too much for Tigers

MARIETTA -As well as the Marietta High boys’ basketball team has been playing, the Claymont Mustangs were just too much Friday night as the Tigers fell 73-45 in the ECOL matchup at Sutton Gymnasium.

After starting the season 2-4, the Tigers reeled off three straight victories before falling to Meadowbrook 53-51 Tuesday night, and now find themselves amidst a two-game losing streak.

Claymont shot an impressive 31-of-58 (53 percent) from the floor, but it was the Mustang defense that impressed head coach Scott Doak.

Claymont forced 25 turnovers in the game and held the Tigers to just 13 shot attempts in the second half. Dylan Sterling poured in a game-high 24 points for the Mustangs, while Taylor Wise also had a big game with 20. Blake Albaugh led the way for the well-balanced offensive attack by dishing out 10 assists, tops in the contest.

“That’s the best game we’ve played all year for four quarters,” Doak said. “I thought we played real well together.”

Marietta shot well in its own right, nailing 47 percent of its attempts. Problem was, the Tigers only had 34 attempts in the game against Claymont’s tenacious defense.

Cameron Benson led the Tigers with 10 points and three assists. Adam McKnight was next for Marietta with six points on a pair of 3-pointers.

After Sterling opened the game with a layup for Claymont, Braden Riley responded with back-to-back buckets to give Marietta a 4-2 lead. Claymont then went on an 8-0 run, six of those points coming from Wise, to make it 10-4. Jonathon Wood answered with a layup to make it 10-6.

After Sterling scored five straight points to extend the lead to 15-6, Benson hit a layup to make it 15-8. Dallas Clarke put in a layup before McKnight drained a 3-ball on an assist from Benson to cut it to 17-11. The teams would trade buckets to make it 19-13 at the end of one quarter.

The second quarter was where it got ugly for Marietta as Claymont scored 15 unanswered points to go up 34-13. A Benson 3-pointer and a Weekly layup made it 34-19, and after a free throw from Kohltin Miles, Zach LaBarre banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 35-22 at the half.

PREP GIRLS

Parkersburg 71, Nitro 59

PARKERSBURG -Parkersburg High School’s girls basketball team raised its record above the .500 mark here Friday night as the host Big Reds used a decisive third-quarter to down Mountain State Athletic Conference rival Nitro, 71-59.

The Big Reds (7-6 overall, 5-3 MSAC), trailed 34-32 at halftime in a back-and-forth game that saw six ties and five lead changes.

Parkersburg went on a 14-3 run in the third quarter -taking advantage of a Nitro technical foul -and led 46-37 heading into the final eight minutes. Those eight minutes saw 47 points with the home team scoring 25 to seal the deal.

Parkersburg’s balanced scoring attack was led by Imani Ward with 16 points while Kennedy Walker added 15 and Megan Morrison 13.

PHS swept the night as the Little Reds ran their record to 10-2 with a dominating 55-22 victory.

Parkersburg travels to Winfield on Tuesday.

Belpre 68, Hannan 31

HANNAN -Visiting Belpre used a 23-4 third quarter to pull away from Hannan here Friday night en route to a 68-31 win.

The Golden Eagles (8-5) were led by Sierra Barker with 21 points and Katelyn Hughes with 20.

Hannan got nine points from Chelsea Meadows.

Belpre returns to action Monday when it will entertain Wood County Christian.

PREP BOYS

Ritchie County 50, Ravenswood 38

RAVENSWOOD -Andrew Davis scored 13 points and DJ Burgess 11 here Friday night as Ritchie County rolled to a 50-38 Little Kanawha Conference win over visiting Ravenswood.

The Rebels (7-3) trailed 12-5 after the first quarter but outscored their guests 34-17 over the decisive middle two periods.

Ravenswood (2-6) was led by Jake Martin with 14 points.

Ritchie County will entertain St. Marys on Tuesday night while Ravenswood returns to action tonight when Webster County invades the Mick Price Court.

Roane County 71,

Wirt County 68

SPENCER -Roane County held off a furious fourth-quarter comeback by visiting Wirt County here Friday night to record its 10th win of the season, 71-68, in a hard-fought Little Kanawha Conference contest.

Roane (10-2) led 53-42 heading into the final eight minutes but the Tigers (2-8) made a game of it thanks to 25 points from Kalob Bell, 15 from Austin McVey and 10 from Dustin Garner.

Roane’s Jacob Neal tied Bell for game scoring honors with 25 while teammate Tyler Harper had 20.

Roane County travels to Gilmer County next Friday while Wirt County is at the St. Marys Invitational next Thursday night.

Boggs Basketball Classic

Semifinals

Magnolia 91,

Tyler Consolidated 62

Clay-Battelle 76,

Bellaire St. John 39

KIDWELL -Magnolia scored 30 points in the first quarter here Friday and went on to a 91-62 win over host Tyler Consolidated in the opening round of the Boggs Basketball Classic.

The No. 1 ranked team in Class A, the Blue Eagles (8-1) got 29 points from Mark Winters and a career-high 24 from Preston Boswell. Zach Willhoite had 12 for the Blue Eagles, who led 50-23 at halftime.

Tyler Consolidated (3-8) was led by Dylan Romine with 21 points and Darren Heintzman with 14.

In Friday’s other contest, Clay-Battelle advanced to tonight’s title game with a 91-62 win over Bellaire St. John.

Tonight’s schedule will witness Tyler Consolidated meeting Bellaire St. John for third place at 6 p.m. to be followed by the title game between Magnolia and Clay-Battelle.

The girls half of the tournament will be played this afternoon with Wirt County meeting Magnolia at 1 p.m. for third place with Tyler Consolidated and Frontier Local playing for the championship at 3 p.m.

Trimble 54, Waterford 33

WATERFORD – Turnovers doomed host Waterford here Friday night as Trimble left town with a 54-33 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division victory.

Trimble scored five of the game’s first seven points before the green and white went on an 8-0 quarter-ending run to lead 10-5.

However, a 12-2 Trimble run allowed the Tomcats to take control as the visitors led 21-18 at halftime and 40-26 entering the fourth.

Deak Wyatt paced three Tomcat scores in double figures with 13 points, while Dallas Slack and Jacob Koons added 10 points apiece. Austin Downs narrowly missed a double-double as he yanked down a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with six points in the victory.