Jones’ 27-point explosion lifts West Jefferson

Chris Miles Sports Editor

January 14, 2014

There were a couple of match-ups on the hardwood over the weekend that featured Madison County school squaring off against one another. With three county schools in the same division of the Mid-State League there are plenty more of such meetings on the horizon.

West Jefferson 62,

Madison-Plains 48

The Roughriders got a big scoring night from senior Matt Jones as the team was able to hold off host Madison-Plains on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Jones scored 27 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists in the victory. Plains led the game 17-16 after a quarter and the contest was 29-27 Roughriders at the half. West Jeff opened things up in the decisive third quarter

“The guys did a great job of playing as a team and looking for each other on offense,” Madison-Plains High School coach Nathan Warner said. “We hit a little drought in the third quarter that was eventually the difference in the game.”

West Jeff opened a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Golden Eagles fought back and got the game to within a couple possessions but couldn’t get any closer.

“Tonight I feel we took a step forward as a team,” Warner said. “The boys could have quit when West Jeff went up 14 in the third, instead the boys came together and got the score back to five which shows the type of character we have on this team.”

West Jeff also got 13 points, nine rebounds from Austin Murray, and eight points and 11 rebounds from Nick Mendenhall. Logan Stepp had a strong all-around game with eight points, seven rebounds, seven steals and four assists.

Sophomore Hunter Butin finished with a team-high 25 points. He was the only Madison-Plains player in double figures. John Vallery scored six points, while Dylan Voltz and Jake Vallery each had five.

London 58,

Columbus Academy 52

Better late than never.

The Red Raiders (6-4, 3-3) found a way to get their offense going in the fourth quarter of their home tilt with Columbus Academy on Saturday, Jan. 11, and came away with a key Mid-State League Ohio Division contest.

London trailed 40-36 heading into the final eight minute stanza, but scored 22 points in the closing minutes, while limiting Academy to just 12.

Brok Bennett scored 25 points, which included knocking down 9 of 10 free throws many of which came in the fourth quarter. Fellow senior Zac Carey added 18 points of his own.

Seth Roberts and Zach Anderson has six points each, while Zach Newman was the only other Red Raiders player to score, finishing with three.

London will welcome in non-league foe Fairbanks on Wednesday, Jan. 15, before traveling to West Jefferson on Friday, Jan. 17, for a MSL clash. Both contests are slated to start around 7:30 p.m.

Shekinah Christian 81,

Ridgemont 27

The Flames had no troubles in picking up a victory over Ridgemont on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Four players scored in double figures led by Peter John Showalter’s 21-point effort. Joel Showalter finished with 14, while Aaron Lynn and Zach Yoder had 13 apiece.

Shekinah jumped out to an 18-4 advantage after the first half and was comfortably ahead 38-17 at the halftime break. The second half remained a lopsided affair as the Flames outscored the competition 43-10.

Girls basketball

West Jefferson 47,

London 36

The Roughriders (8-3, 5-1) stayed in a tie for first place in the Mid-State League Ohio Division with a win over their Madison County foe on Friday, Jan. 10.

The game was tied 7-7 at the end of the first quarter, but West Jeff outscored the Red Raiders (3-10, 1-5) by the score of 28-15 over the game’s two middle quarters.

Madison Gatley led the way for the Roughriders with 13 points, Claire Sterling added eight as a total of nine West Jeff players scored in the game. Megan Cox and Mackenzie Minner both scored 10 points for the Raiders.

Bexley 54,

London 38

The Red Raiders were once again right there with an opponent on Saturday, Jan. 11, after a quarter, but couldn’t keep it up in a 16-point loss to the host Lions.

London trailed Bexley 6-5 after the opening quarter, but was outscored 19-10 in the second and 17-9 in the third in the loss.

Freshman Korren Cunningham was the lone London player in double figures, scoring 20. Cox and Minner scored five points apiece, while Aliyah Hiram and Kortney Roberts had four points each.

Madison-Plains 47,

Columbus Academy 35

The Golden Eagles (5-6, 3-3) picked up a home win on Friday, Jan. 10.

Macy McCollister scored 18 points and backcourt mate Kaylin Dill added 11 of her own in the victory.

The squad will be be back in action on Tuesday, Jan. 14, when it travels to Grandview. Tip off is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.