Prep Basketball Roundup
St. Marys 75, Wirt County 51
ELIZABETH — St. Marys led 34-24 over Wirt County at halftime and then outscored the Tigers 25-14 in the third quarter on the way to a 75-51 victory Thursday.
In both teams’ season opener, the Blue Devils got 18 points apiece from William Steele and Grant Barnhart. Richard Dornon added 13 points. Dornon and Barnhart added six rebounds each, Dornon and Steele tallied four steals and Steele registered four assists.
The Tigers were paced by Justin Windland and Hunter Hickman, who both finished with 13 points. Kyler Carper tacked on 12.
Both teams are home Saturday — St. Marys entertains Parkersburg Catholic while Wirt welcomes Hannan.
Paden City 39
PADEN CITY–Only a five-point lead after one period of play, a poor shooting showing in the second scoring only six points doomed Paden City, as the Wildcats lost to Beallsville 69-39 Thursday night.
Wyatt Brown finished with a game-high 16 points in the victory and was followed in scoring by Dakota Phillips (14), Adam Baker (14) and Spencer Jarrett (12).
Jason Anderson led the Wildcats (0-2) with 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots. In addition to his five points, Ty Cain also had four assists and Brandon Hizner finished with four boards.
Ritchie County 38, Notre Dame 36
WEST UNION — Rebekah Ruppert netted a game-high 23 points as Ritchie County edged out Notre Dame 38-36 Thursday in the Kermit VanScoy Invite semifinals at Doddridge County.
Ashley Davis added six points for the 2-1 Rebels, who will play Doddridge County in today’s championship game at 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame (1-1) was led by Bailey Yocum and Emily Henderson’s 12 points apiece.
Gilmer County 66, Braxton County 45
GLENVILLE — Gilmer County was led by its balanced offensive attack in a 66-45 win over previously unbeaten Braxton County Thursday.
Carrah Ferguson paced the Titans (3-0) with 14 points followed by Trinity Bancroft’s 13, Eve Mohr’s 11, Emma Taylor’s 10, Taylor McHenry’s nine and Grace Wellings’ seven.
Braxton (3-1) got a game-high 24 points from Jocelyn Abraham, who double-doubled with 10 rebounds. Lacey Liston also had a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards.
Gilmer will look to stay undefeated Monday when it takes on Bridgeport in the IOGA Tournament.
Federal Hocking 48
BELPRE–The Belpre Golden Eagles were able to hold off the hot shooting visiting Federal Hocking Lancers for s 54-48 victory for its second win off the season Thursday night.
Facing a 10-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, the Lancers found the bottom of the net throughout the final period of play. However, the scoring outburst was a little bit too late for the 1-5 Lancers.
Belpre’s Kyna Waderker and Federal Hocking’s Paige Tolson tied for game-high scoring honors with 17.
The Golden Eagles also got scoring production from Halee Williams with 11, Curstin Giffin with seven and Kyanna Ray with six points.
Alexis Smtih and Kylie Tabler both had nine and Ava Tate chipped in with seven counters for Federal Hocking.
River 35, Frontier 32
HANNIBAL, Ohio — Frontier’s rally fell short Thursday in a 35-32 loss to River.
The Cougars (1-5) trailed 32-21 going into the fourth quarter before outscoring the Pilots 11-3 in the final eight minutes, but came just short of completing the comeback.
Kara Ramsey led Frontier with 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Haley Bills and Kylie Lamb added six points each for the Cougars, who play host to St. Marys Tuesday.