It was a rough weekend of basketball for the high school boys teams from Madison County, save for the 62-59 victory by London over visiting Bexley on Friday, Dec. 13. The rest of the weekend the county teams came away empty handed.
The Golden Eagles (1-2, 0-1) ran into a buzz saw of a squad in its trip to Whitehall on Friday, Dec. 13. The red-hot Rams torched the nets and cruised past Madison-Plains.
The Eagles were led by junior Hunter Butin, who scored 14 points. Eli Williams added 11 and Shane Folden finished with 10. Jake Vallery chipped in seven in the loss.
The non-league contest on Saturday, Dec. 14, was closer but ultimately resulted in a loss as well.
Butin lead all scorers with a game-high 26 points. Williams finished with 11 and Dylan Voltz reached double figures with 10.
West Jefferson 48
The Roughriders (0-1) opened their season with a tough-luck loss at home on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Nick Mendenhall (17) and Logan Stepp (15) combined for 32 of the team’s 48 points. Matt Jones and Ross Brenneman scored eight points apiece.
Buckeye Valley 50,
Jonathan Alder 49
With an extremely young team the Pioneers (1-1) are going to have good nights and bad nights this season. Friday evening, Dec. 13 it was a combination of both but in the end they were unable to overcome their mistakes in a tough loss.
The Barons got a 17-foot jump shot in the closing seconds to knock off Alder in a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference contest in Delaware.
“It was a good game,” Alder coach Brent Cahill said. “It was a back and forth game and they happened to get the last one. It was a game where we played really well for five or six minutes and then had another five or six minutes where we showed our age.
“We had 20 turnovers and shot 50 percent from the free throw line, I think that was the difference in the game.”
Tanner Killian and Hayden Hess both scored 13 points apiece and Trey Pugh added 11 in the loss.
Cahill said he and his coaching staff are doing their best to keep the Pioneers on an even keel emotionally.
“We don’t want them to get too high after a win or too low after a loss,” the coach said. “We’re still really young and I thought we showed our youth in that game. We’ve got a learning curve and we’re trying our best to speed it up.”
Alder will look to bounce back on Thursday, Dec. 19 at home against league foe Pleasant. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m.
Jonathan Alder 26
The Pioneers (2-5, 0-2) struggled mightily in this MOAC matchup at Alder on Friday, Dec. 13.
They scored single-digit points in all four quarters and were never really in the contest. In fact Elgin’s Jace Wolf nearly outscored the entire Alder team, as she finished with a game-high 21 points.
Alex Madry scored six points, Lily Hess added five, while Brooke Foster and Tori Walker finished with four apiece.
Jonathan Alder 53
The Flames (4-3) staged a fourth quarter rally to take this neighborhood rivalry game.
Ashley Gingerich lead all scorers with 25 points, teammate Kiara Rohrer added 17 and Janelle Roby tossed in eight.
For the Pioneers Madry (14), Foster (11) and Melissa Noel (12) combined to total 37 points in the loss.
Alder led 17-13 after a quarter, 29-25 at the half and 42-39 heading into the fourth quarter.
West Jefferson 40,
The Lady Roughriders (4-1, 3-0) stayed perfect in Mid-State League Ohio Division play with a 17-point triumph over the over-matched host Rams (0-6, 0-3) on Saturday, Dec. 14 in Whitehall.
Madison Gatley finished with nine points, Taylor Bowman and Josie Hume scored eight points each in the victory.
The Golden Eagles (1-3, 1-2) fell behind the Warriors (6-1, 4-1) early and never recovered on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Worthington Christian outscored the home team 17-10 in the first quarter and held a comfortable 33-18 halftime advantage.
Macy McCollister scored a team-high 14 points in the loss. Savanna Nelson added 11 more. They were the only Madison-Plains players to score more than one basket.
Jonathan Alder 2,281,
North Union 1,768
The Pioneers improved to 2-1, 1-1 in MOAC play with a defeat of North Union at Marysville Lanes on Friday, Dec. 13.
Alder defeated the Wildcats (943-651) in game one and had no problems in game two (987-834), they also defeated the Wildcats in baker games 161-138 and 190-145.
The event medalist was Broderick Besinger (222-227). Teammates Nathan Whiting (207-213), David Adkins (192-216) and Nathan Yoder (173-203) also had a solid showing.
“Broderick bowled a career best today. He continues to improve and is getting a lot better,” coach Rusty Walter said. “Whiting added a clean game and two nice games. Dave Adkins is starting to get into mid-eason form with a very good set.”
Jordan Greene from North Union had 213 game and Trevodan Sands added a 203 game.
North Union 1,680,
Jonathan Alder 1,596
The Lady Wildcats defeated the Pioneers in a close league match (1,680-1,596) at Marysville Lanes on Friday, Dec. 13. North Union won game one (732-609), but the Lady Pioneers rebounded to win game two (729-687). Alder captured the first baker game (140-112), North Union however won the final baker game (149-118) for the win.
“It was a great match, North Union has a really nice balanced girls team,” Walter said.
The Lady Pioneers were led by freshman medalist Mackenzie Heimlich (168-253), Kaylee Griest (138-124) and Kayla Riechenbach (110-138).
“Mackenzie improved her early season Central Ohio area best average to 209,” the coach said. “Mac is bowling really good right now, she struggled a little bit the first game. We talked between games and she made some adjustments and she tossed a clean 253 game.”
The Wildcats scores were by Mikaela Gardner (147-153), Patricia Huffman (159-114), Katelynn Gorsuch (155-156), Brooke Blanion (141) and Katelynn Pacha (165).