Mumley OVAC All-Star Basketball Classic at Ohio University Eastern on
Sunday. The Ohio girls chalked up an 85-69 victory over their West
Virginia counterparts in the opening game while the Ohio boys staged a
furious rally in the final seven minutes to overcome a double-digit
deficit only to fall 87-84 triumph.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It was an Ohio-West Virginia split in the 31st annual Samuel A. Mumley OVAC All-Star Basketball Classic at Ohio University Eastern on Sunday.
The Ohio girls chalked up an 85-69 victory over their West Virginia counterparts in the opening game while the Ohio boys staged a furious rally in the final seven minutes to overcome a double-digit deficit only to have a late three-point dagger by Weir High’s Pete Brogdon lift West Virginia to an 87-84 triumph.
In the girls’ game, Ohio led throughout including 39-29 at the half. A 17-2 explosion to open the second half opened a 25-point advantage (56-31). West Virginia gained a 22-10 edge over the next six minutes to get within 13 (66-53), but never seriously threatened.
Ohio was led by Fort Frye’s Kourtney Booth, who tallied 13 points, while Cambridge’s Tamikka Snoddy netted 10. Other top scorers for the Lady Buckeyes were Patrisha Stillion of Shenandoah with nine; and Chelsey Keylor of Barnesville and Samantha Mobley of Beaver Local with eight apiece.
Rebound leaders included Snoddy with seven; Stillion and Barnesville’s Allie Doan with six each; and Beallsville’s Savannah Burke with five.
Ohio connected on 32-of-72 field goal attempts (44.4 percent), 8-of-19 three-pointers (42.1 percent) and 13-of-13 free throws (56.5 percent). The Buckeyes had 60 rebounds and 23 turnovers.
West Virginia’s double-digit scorers were Cameron Yoho of Tyler Consolidated with 12 and Renee Shepherd of Magnolia with 11. The Lady Mountaineers also got nine points from Kat Stiglich of Wheeling Central and seven from Krista Bittengle of Bishop Donahue.
The top W. Va. rebounders were Stiglich with seven; Meghan Wiseman of Tyler Consolidated with six; and Shepherd and Yoho with five apiece.
West Virginia made 24-of-67 shots (35.8 percent), but just 1-of-13 from three-point range (7.7 percent) while draining 20-of-35 free throws (57.1 percent). The Mountaineers had 42 rebounds and 32 turnovers.
In the boys’ game, West Virginia built an 11-point halftime lead (49-38) and maintained a double-digit advantage well into the second half, leading 70-59 with 7:30 remaining.
Ohio put on a late surge and went on a 20-9 tear to get even at 79-all before Meadowbrook High’s Philip Biggs scored a go-ahead goal for the Buckeyes with 2:28 remaining.
Weir’s Brodgon tied things back up, but Biggs again delivered a go-ahead score on the inside for an 83-81 Ohio lead with 1:15 to go. Wheeling Central’s Cory McKitrick hit two free throws for an 83-83 deadlock, but Ohio gained a one-point lead with 42 ticks left on a free throw by Shadyside’s Jared Andes.
That set the stage for the late heroics by Brogdon, who nailed his decisive three-pointer with five seconds to go and Ohio turned the ball over on its final possession.
Wheeling Central’s McKitrick and John McCune of Weirton Madonna shared team honors for West Virginia with 11 points each, with Cody Campbell of Linsly right behind with 10. Tyler Consolidated’s Ryan Summers chipped in nine; Brogdon and Wheeling Park’s Scott Safcsak each had eight; and Weirton Madonna’s Cory Hirkala and Weir’s Zac Miser both had seven.
Rebound leaders were Campbell with six and Miser with five.
West Virginia hit 31-of-73 action shots (42.5 percent), 12-of-31 from beyond the arc (38.7 percent) and 13-of-23 free throws (56.5 percent). The Mountain State squad had 50 rebounds and 18 turnovers.
Zanesville’s Cedric Harris, the MVP of the District 12 All-Star Classic two days earlier, led Ohio with 14 points. Derek Thompson of Fort Frye netted 13 and Meadowbrook’s Biggs had 10 as the other double figure scorers while Martins Ferry’s Derek Edwards had eight and Indian Creek’s Jim Wood added seven.
Biggs led Ohio’s rebounders with seven while Thompson, Wood, Hammond and Zanesville Rosecrans’ Jared Lewis each had four.
Ohio was 34-of-79 from the field (43 percent), 6-of-18 from three-point range (33.3 percent) and 10-of-18 at the foul line (55.5 percent). The Buckeyes had 50 rebounds and 16 turnovers.
There were several special awards presented throughout the afternoon. Award recipients included Kim Traversa-Appolloni, former coach at St. John Central and Martins Ferry, the Rich Saffield Girls’ Coaches Award; the late George “Skip” Prosser of Wheeling Central, the Earl Haberfield Boys’ Coaches Award; Paul Reed of Barnesville, the Tom Rataiczak Scorekeeper/Timer Award; Warren Hood of Martins Ferry, the Robert Dawson Officials Award; and John Mallett of Wheeling Park, the Bob Burton Distinguished Service Award.
Eight OVAC scholarships were presented, including Philip Biggs of Meadowbrook and Jim Wood of Indian Creek for the Ohio boys; Chelsey Keylor of Barnesville and Savannah Burke of Beallsville for the Ohio girls; Ben Bridgeman of Magnolia and Lucas Owings of Oak Glen for the West Virginia boys; and Leah Dankovchik of Weir and Samantha Frye of Valley for the West Virginia girls.
Winner of the girls’ three-point shootout with 12 connections was Martins Ferry’s Brittany Burch while the boy’s slam dunk champion was Cody Campbell of Linsly.