With the holidays now behind them, high school sports teams in Madison County now turn the page and will begin the second half of their seasons. Many teams were in action over this past weekend.
West Jefferson 41,
The Lady Roughriders (6-3, 4-1) stayed in the race for a Mid-State League Ohio Division championship with a hard-fought victory over visiting rival Madison-Plains on Saturday, Jan. 4.
Josie Hume led the way for West Jefferson scoring a team-high 14 points. Taylor Bowman added eight and Rylie Curry added six.
Madison-Plains (4-5, 2-3) got 10 points from Hayley Faulkner, eight from Kaylin Dill and six from Savanna Nelson, but leading scorer Macy McCollister finished with just four points.
With the win the Roughriders stay within a half game of first place Worthington Christian (8-1, 5-1), a team they defeated earlier this season. The two squads will renew their aquaintances Jan. 18 at West Jeff.
Columbus Academy 29
The Red Raiders (3-7, 1-3) picked up their first league victory of the season with a win at Columbus Academy on Saturday, Jan. 4.
The team will play host to a pair of league Madison County foes this week. The squad will welcome in Jonathan Alder on Wednesday, Jan. 8, for a non-league contest before taking on West Jefferson on Friday, Jan. 10 in a Mid-State League Ohio Division tilt, both games are slated for 7:30 p.m.
Jonathan Alder 37,
Marion Harding 35
The Pioneers (4-7) clawed out a hard-fought road victory on Friday, Jan. 3, at Marion Harding.
Melissa Noel scored 10 points to lead Alder, while Ashley Day connected on free throws down the stretch, scoring all nine of her points from the charity stripe.
Tree of Life 52,
Shekinah Christian 50 OT
The Flames (5-5) got off to a slow start, but mounted a game-long rally that came up painfully short in a 52-50 overtime defeat on Saturday, Jan. 4 against visiting Tree of Life.
Shekinah was schooled the night before by visiting Washington Court House 60-34, but when it fell behind this time it fought its way back.
Ashley Gingerich scored a game-high 23 points to go along with the 11 posted by Janelle Roby and the nine Kiara Rohrer finished with.
North Union 60,
Jonathan Alder 58 OT
The Pioneers (3-4, 2-4) once again fell in a tight Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference tilt at North Union on Saturday, Jan. 4.
Alder had three players score in double digits led by Trey Pugh’s 16 points. Hayden Hess finished with 13 and Tanner Killian chipped in 11. In addition to leading the team in scoring Pugh also grabbed 13 rebounds, dished out five assists and picked up two steals.
Andrew Koenig (eight) and Declan Thomas (seven) also had decent scoring nights for the Pioneers which played the entire game with North Union within a five-point spread.
The Golden Eagles (1-6, 0-3) were done in by a bad second quarter during a road game at Grandview on Saturday, Jan. 4.
Plains was outscored 20-6 in the second quarter, turning a 15-12 deficit at the end of the first quarter into a insurmountable 35-18 halftime hole.
Hunter Butin continued his strong offensive play, finishing with 22 points. Dylan Voltz (seven), Eli Williams (six), Jake Vallery (five) and John Vallery (four) all scored multiple baskets.
London places seventh at Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament
The Red Raiders had a strong showing at the 14-team Kevin Clevekand Memorial Tournament held on Saturday, Jan. 4 at Dublin Scioto.