Basketball season heats up for county schools
Chris Miles Sports Editor
The chill of the winter weather is in the air, which means the action on the hardwood is heating up. Most of the Madison County basketball teams have started their season and were busy over the weekend.
Worthington Christian 55,
The Red Raiders (0-3) dropped their third straight non-league contest to start the season after falling at Worthington Christian on Saturday, Nov. 30
London scored single-digit points in each of the four quarters and connected on just three shots from inside the three-point arc. The Raiders did hit two three-point baskets and made right free throws.
Korren Cunningham led the team with six points, while Mackenzie Minner added five and Megan Cox finished with four.
West Jefferson 48,
The Lady Roughriders (1-0) opened their season in fine fashion with a 48-45 triumph over visiting Westfall on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
West Jefferson got a balanced scoring attack, with five players scoring between six and 10 points.
Rylie Curry finished with 10 points, Kelsey Kirkpatrick and Madison Gatley both finished with eight, while Kennedy Campbell (seven) and Claire Sterling (six) also had productive offensive nights.
Shekinah Christian 46,
The host Flames (2-0) picked up a win on Tuesday, Nov. 26, over the visiting Red Raiders.
The trio of Ashley Gingerich (24), Janelle Roby (10) and Kendra Scheffel (10) combined to score 44 of the team’s 46 points, in a tightly fought battle.
Korren Cunningham scored a team-high 16 points for London.
Shekinah Christian 53
The Shekinah Christian Flames (1-1) opened the season with a pair of games and came away with mixed results.
In the season opener Friday, Nov. 29, Shekinah got off to a slow start against and never recovered as they fell to Ridgedale in the opening round of the Elgin Tournament.
“We just didn’t play very well,” Flames coach Rod Yoder said.
Justin Scheffel led all scorers in the game with 18 points, Peter John Showalter added 13 more in the loss.
Shekinah Christian 73,
In the consolation round of the Elgin Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 30, the Flames bounced back for the first victory of the season.
The team gave much more of a team effort as five players reached double-digit scoring.
Jesse Showalter paced the Flames with 20, PJ Showalter and Zach Yoder had 14 apiece, while Scheffel finished with 12 and Mitch Yoder chipped in 11.
Yellow Spring 46
The Red Raiders (1-1) proved just how dangerous they can be during an opening weekend in the season that saw them split a pair of games.
London blistered the nets on Friday, Nov. 29 in a lopsided home win over Yellow Springs.
The Red Raiders had things going from the perimeter as it hit 11 three-point baskets.
Senior Zac Carey knocked down five shots from beyond the arc, en route to his game-high 27 points. Brok Bennett knocked down three shots from distance and finished with 24. Zach Anderson continued the long range attack making three and finishing with 14 points. Seth Roberts also reached double figures with 11.
Bishop Ready 68,
The Red Raiders made only two three-point baskets in their loss to the visiting Silver Knights in a game played on Saturday, Nov. 30.
Carey (15) and Bennett (14) both reached double figures, while Justin Long added eight in the loss.
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