Warren’s Blane Maddox gets 200th victory
VINCENT – Fourteen years ago, Blane Maddox journeyed up the river from his hometown of Logan to become the varsity basketball coach of the Warren Warriors, a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League rival of the Chieftains.
But Wednesday evening, Maddox might as well have been wearing purple, because the Chiefs and their fans loved him almost as much as the Warriors.
Maddox received his 200th career coaching victory – all with the Warriors – when Warren defeated the visiting Chieftains 80-45 at Warren High School in Vincent Wednesday evening.
And as the Warriors celebrated, fans wearing Chieftain purple came down to embrace the man that left their city and went on to build a basketball dynasty in Warrior country. Maddox is the first boys basketball coach to ever win 200 games at Warren High School, and just the second basketball coach, joining former girls coach Dennis Biddinger.
“You don’t think about 200, or even 100,” Maddox said. “What I’m proud of is doing it at one school. That’s difficult to do today.”
“He does everything for us,” said Warren senior Dylan Leffingwell. “Coach is real passionate about the game. He’s always on us to keep that passion, that fire for the game.”
Nowhere was that passion, that fire, more evident for the Warriors than Wednesday night against the Chiefs, when Warren opened the game by hitting seven of its first nine field-goal attempts to virtually assure their coach of win No. 200.
By the time the first quarter was done, the Warriors were an impressive 11-of-16 from the floor and a perfect 4-of-4 from the stripe to lead 26-8, and there was no looking back.
All five starters for Warren scored, and overall nine different players put the ball in the basket. Of the 14 players that stepped on the court, 13 of them had rebounds and eight recorded an assist.
Warren enjoyed its biggest lead of 39 points with 4:47 to play in the fourth quarter when Leffingwell, who scored a dozen points, converted a pair of free throws.
Evan French had a game-high 23 points for the Warriors. Warren, now 6-1, received 15 points apiece from Michael Hall and Reece Patton.
Josh Mutzner’s nine points paced Logan (2-5).
Parkersburg Catholic 62, Gilmer County 47
PARKERSBURG – Parkersburg Catholic outscored visiting Gilmer County in every quarter here Wednesday night as the Crusaders extended their winning streak to five games after posting a 62-47 triumph versus the Titans.
Jake Ullman led all scorers with a game-high 23 points for the 6-1 Crusaders, who play Friday night at Wirt County. The hosts also received 11 markers from Joe Padden.
Gilmer County (4-3) was led by Anthony Aviles with 14 points. Nathan Allison chipped in 10 tallies for the Titans, who welcome Williamstown to town on Tuesday.
Paden City 54,
PADEN CITY – Luke Cooper had a game-high 17 points and teammate Zach Heasley finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists to help host Paden City hold on for a 54-52 victory here Wednesday against visiting Williamstown.
The Wildcats, now 6-2 with a 7:30 p.m. home affair slated for Friday versus East Richland Christian, also received 11 counters from Kennedy Cain.
Williamstown, losers of four straight following a 3-0 start, had three players score in double figures – Jarric Hoskins (15), Travis Landon (14) and Josh DeBolt (13). WHS plays Friday at Ritchie County.
Wirt County 62,
Calhoun County 12
MT. ZION – Kayla Kinney finished with 14 points as visiting Wirt County rolled to a 62-12 win here wednesday against Calhoun County.
The Red Devils, now 1-7 with a 7 p.m. home game Friday against Hannan, received seven points from Autumn Smith and five from Kenzie Hicks.
Stone Cheuvront hit a trio of 3s to finish with nine points for the Tigers, who upped their mark to 5-6 with a road affair on Friday coming up at Braxton County. Miriam Smith contributed seven points and as many steals for the victors.
Marietta 62, Warren 57
MARIETTA – Erica Dawson went off for a game-high 41 points as host Marietta turned back Warren, 62-57, here Wednesday evening.
The Tigers improved to 7-1 and no other player score more than five points.
Warren (5-4) trailed 33-24 at halftime and only 45-43 entering the final eight minutes. Victoria Buzzard led four double figure scoring efforts with 15 points. Warrior teammate Jordanna Rauch added 12 markers while Mackenzie Ullman and Emma Ryan tossed in 10 tallies apiece.