The regular season is winding down and the postseason is on the horizon.
For those teams who are out of their respective league championship races, the upcoming Central District tournament will provide a new life. But for those still in the running for league titles, keeping focused on the task at hand and not getting caught looking ahead is a reality.
Jonathan Alder boys basketball coach Brent Cahill was worried about his team’s trip to River Valley Friday, Feb. 5. The Pioneers (16-4, 10-2 in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division) entered the contest a game behind Buckeye Valley and needed to keep pace.
Alder will play host to the league-leading Barons Tuesday, Feb. 16, so staying within a game of the lead was of the up-most importance. The team did just that with a convincing 68-45 victory over River Valley, a game in which the Pioneers turned it on in the second half.
Cahill’s team lead just 23-22 at the half, before securing the win with a 45-point second half explosion.
The trio of Jon Peters (18), Trey Pugh (17) and Andrew Koenig (16) combined to score 51 points for Alder. Jacob Koenig (seven points), and Tanner Killian (five) also scored multiple baskets.
The Pioneers are off until they play host to Buckeye Valley.
The Red Raiders were unable to keep up with the host Lions during a MSL Ohio contest played Saturday, Feb. 6 at Bexley.
The game was won at the free throw line where Bexley outscored London 17-0.
Kamhar Jones led the Raiders with 16 points. Chad Lett (seven), Kade Anderson (six), Darius Davis (five) and K.J. Price (one) also scored.
The Golden Eagles were also victims against a good Bexley squad, falling at home Friday evening.
West Jefferson 33
The Roughriders (8-11, 3-9) came up short in their clash with one of Central Ohio’s best squads Saturday.
The visiting Rams came out running and West Jeff was unable to keep up. Whitehall lead 23-6 after one quarter and 44-10 at the half.
Gabe Casey was the ’Riders leading scorer for the game with 10 points. Lance Lambert, Shelton Stanley and Jerad Vermillion all scored five points in the loss.
Shekinah Christian 84,
New Hope Christian 82
The Flames (12-8) are one of the highest scoring teams in the area and were doing their thing Saturday during a shootout victory over visiting New Hope Christian.
Jesse Showalter led all scorers with 30 points. Chris Conte (16), Connor Bjerke (12) and Trevor Headings (11) were all in double figures while Austin Lynn just missed the mark, finishing with eight.
Shekinah hit 12 three-point baskets in the game.
The Bobcats pulled off the upset of the Red Raiders in the final game of London’s regular season Friday.
Grandview’s two-headed monster of Kasey Murphy (23) and Lauren Collier (21) combined to score 44 of the team’s 48 points.
London (17-5, 10-4) got a team-high 20 points from senior Megan Cox.
Worthington Christian 54,
West Jefferson 35
The Lady Roughriders (17-3, 12-2) were due to have an off night after months of stellar play in the Mid-State League Ohio Division.
West Jeff which had already claimed the MSL championship had no answer for the Warriors’ Bridgette Rettstatt who was a one girl wrecking ball. She scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out six assists and recorded eight steals.
West Jeff got nine points from Claire Sterling and Kennedy Campbell.
Jonathan Alder 58,
The Pioneers (9-12, 5-8) easily won a MOAC contest at Galion Saturday.
The Golden Eagles (7-15, 7-7) closed out the regular-season portion of the schedule Thursday, Feb. 4.
Macy McCollister paced Plains with 24 points. Riley Varney added nine and Christian Bowshier chipped in seven.
Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.
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