The West Jefferson High School girls basketball team stayed near the top of the Mid-State League Ohio Division standing with an 49-31 triumph at Bexley on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
The Roughriders (9-3, 6-1) like league-leading Worthington Christian (12-1, 8-1) have only lost once in league play. The Warriors loss came at the hands of West Jeff last month. The two teams will meet again on Saturday, Jan. 18, at West Jefferson starting at 7:30 p.m.
In the win Tuesday over the Lions (3-8, 3-3), Madison Gatley led the team with 16 points. The balanced scoring attack also had Kelsey Kirkpatrick and Rylie Curry finishing with seven points apiece, while Taylor Bowman and Kennedy Campbell each scored six, Claire Sterling added five in the win.
The Warriors (12-1, 8-1) prepared for their first-place showdown with West Jefferson by easily handling the host Red Raiders 70-39 on Wednesday, Jan. 15.
London (3-11, 1-6) were unable to keep up with the talented bunch from Worthington Christian.
Aliyah Hiram scored a team-high 11 points, while teammate Mackenzie Minner added 10 and Megan Cox totaled six.
The Red Raiders will return to action Saturday, Jan. 18, with a home date against Grandview which will start at 1:30 p.m.
The Golden Eagles (6-7, 3-4) were unable to make it back-to-back victories as they fell against the Bobcats on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
The squad had picked up a 61-31 non-league victory over Northeastern on Monday, Jan. 13.
But the second game in a back-to-back situation was a little too much for Plains to make up for against Grandview (10-4, 5-3).
Kaylin Dill reached double figures with 10 points, Macy McCollister added eight and Hailey Mayabb finished with seven.
Madison-Plains will next be in action at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, when it plays host to Whitehall (0-13, 0-7).
The Golden Eagles (2-7, 0-4) picked up a rare victory on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at home against non-league foe Westfall.
“We really played as a team (Tuesday) and you could see this coming from previous games,” Madison-Plains High School coach Nathan Warner said. “Our post players did a great job of rebounding the ball and getting it to our guards quickly in transition.
“I was very happy with the ability of our kids to rely on others to get them the shots and scoring opportunities that were best for the team. I’m excited to see how this team handles their success from Tuesday night and continue to grow as a team on and off the court.”
Hunter Butin had another offensive explosion, finishing with 31 points. Dylan Voltz scored a season-high 16 points, while Shane Folden (nine), Jake Vallery (six), Eli Williams (six) and John Vallery (five) also scored for the Golden Eagles.
Madison-Plains High School will be in action again at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, when it travels to Columbus Academy.
West Jefferson 47
The Roughriders (1-7, 1-3) came up just short in a non-league match-up with Mechanicsburg on Tuesday, Jan 14.
West Jeff has had a hard time getting everybody on the same page this season and the most recent loss was no different. The squad got a monster night from one standout and a strong performance from another, but in the end it was not enough.
Senior forward Nick Mendenhall scored 17 points, snagged 19 rebounds and blocked eight shots, while fellow senior Logan Stepp scored 19 points to go along with five rebounds and five steals.
Four other West Jefferson players scored but no more than four points. The Roughriders also struggled from the free throw line making just six of 14.