Two southeast girls joined the 1,000-point club over the weekend at the Paint Valley Lady Cats Classic. Karli Beasley of North Adams scored her 1,000th career point just before half in a 64-46 win over Minford on Saturday. A few hours later, Vinton County’s Tori Dixon surpassed the career milestone. Here’s who else had a big week!
It is hard to talk about the opening weekend of girls’ basketball in southeast Ohio without looking at Paint Valley High School. Athletic Director Pete Hollon hosted 24 teams in a 12-game classic that started Friday night with five games and continued Saturday with seven more. Joining Paint Valley was Coal Grove, Williamsburg, West Union, Nelsonville York, Peebles, Westfall, Northwest, Eastern Brown, Washington Court House, Southeastern, Western, Whiteoak, Piketon, Hillsboro, New Boston, Huntington, Manchester, North Adams, Minford, Wheelersburg, Chillicothe, McClain, and Vinton County. Due to an overtime contest to get things going on Friday, the basketball bounced late into the night on Friday, and then continued at 10 a.m. on Saturday. All told 12 games in 32 hours.
Other action from around the southeast was highlighted by a great match-up over at Unioto. Cincinnati Indian Hill hit a free throw with six second to go to take a one-point lead. You will have to read News, Notes, and Nuggets to see how it ended.
Speaking of powerhouse programs from southeast Ohio, we honor a team in our Team of the Week that has a solid group back from a 20-0 regular season group a year ago. As for our top individual this week, we go back to our headline event where we find out a Little of something can go a long way.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Tri-Valley Scotties, Girls’ Basketball: We honor Tri-Valley this week not just for their opening 45-30 win over perennial power Millersburg West Holmes Saturday night, but more so as a team to watch throughout the round ball season. With most of their nucleus back off a Division I sectional champion, the Lady Scotties knocked down six of their first 10 shots from the field and rode great defense the rest of the way. Seniors Hanna Luburgh scored 14 points, Carly Young finished with 10 points, and Alyssa Miller added eight points. All three have earned athletic scholarships to play college basketball and lead an experienced squad that have high expectations.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Katie Little, Girls’ Basketball, Manchester High School: Manchester’s Katie Little scored 27 of her team’s 44 points in a four-point opening season win over Huntington. This game was played at Paint Valley on Saturday. Huntington’s MVP award went to Madison Vickers who scored 14 points in the loss.
NEWS, NOTES, & NUGGETS
New to the club: Two southeast girls joined the 1,000-point club over the weekend at the Paint Valley Lady Cats Classic. Karli Beasley of North Adams scored her 1,000th career point just before half in a 64-46 win over Minford on Saturday afternoon. A few hours later, Vinton County’s Tori Dixon surpassed the career milestone. Unfortunately for Dixon, her 1,000th came in a loss as the Lady Vikings lost to Greenfield McClain 60-52.
Opening with overtime: The opening game for Paint Valley and Coal Grove needed overtime to decide a winner, and after the extra four minutes, it was Paint Valley that pulled it out 58-55. In the win, senior Whitney Hollon scored 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Bearcats. Kelli McMackin took home MVP honors for Coal Grove. She scored 18 points while knocking down four triples in the loss.
Beating the buzzer: At Unioto on Saturday, Cincinnati Indian Hill was at the line with six seconds remaining and the game tied at 54-54. The first free throw was good giving CIH a 55-54 lead, but after missing the second; the Lady Shermans had one last chance. Unioto’s Liza Elliott secured the rebound and found Janae Driggs. Driggs went the length of the court and scored to beat the buzzer for a 56-55 thrilling victory.
Winning ways: This fall the Adena volleyball coach Laura Smith became the Scioto Valley Conference’s all-time leader in coaching wins. Smith’s 541 career wins surpasses former Southeastern boys basketball coach Larry Jordan, who had 535 overall career wins in two separate stops with the Panthers over 34 years.
Smith, who recently was inducted into the Ohio Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, has spent all 25 of her seasons at Adena High School, where she has a career record of 541-102.
Winning ugly: Despite turning the ball over 23 times, Bridgeport started the season with a 47-38 victory over Bellaire. Bridgeport’s Rachel Benda had a fine opening night scoring 19 points, grabbing 16 rebounds, recording five blocked shots, four steals and three assists. Sophomore sharpshooter Katie Fry kept the Lady Big Reds in the contest as she drained four shots from beyond the arc. She led all scorers with 20 points.
Lady Cavs overcome sharp shooting Schmidt: Wheelersburg’s Erica Schmidt did all she could to help her Lady Pirates try to overcome an 11-2 first quarter deficit in Saturday’s opener against Chillicothe at Paint Valley, but despite Schmidt’s game-high 21 points, Chillicothe captured the 43-37 win. Chillicothe’s Whitney Harwood was named team MVP following the win.
Don’t forget football: With all the basketball news taking over southeast Ohio sports we do want to look at the teams that southeast fans had eyes on in the football Final Four. Unfortunately, it did not go well for those teams. Steubenville, Coshocton, and Ridgewood were all defeated in semifinal action.
Mid-season form: The Lady Bobcats of Cambridge jumped out to a 14-2 lead after one, 27-4 at the half, 40-4 at the end of three, and then won it 52-16 to start the season with an easy win over John Glenn. Carly Kehn finished with 11 points leading Cambridge while Candice Bumgardner added 10 points. Brandy Simpson finished with eight points and Kayla Francis and Kate Lapham each chipped in with six points for the winners.
Classic wrap-up: In other action from the opening weekend at Paint Valley, Glenwood New Boston got 18 points from Missy Buckley in a 58-32 win over Hillsboro. Southeastern defeated Western 55-43 with Southeastern’s Erin Uhrig earning MVP honors while scoring 11 points. Piketon’s Holly Brabson recorded 17 points as she led her Lady Redstreaks to an opening season 56-46 win over Whiteoak. Northwest came from behind to beat Westfall 48-45. In that win, Devan Scarberry scored 14 of her game-high 17 points in the final quarter to lead the comeback. Williamsburg beat West Union 64-38 behind 18 points from Heidi McManus. Maria Martinez scored 20 points for Nelsonville York, but that wasn’t enough as Emily Hoop scored 24 points to lead Peebles to the 64-47 win. Finally, in a game that didn’t finish until very late Friday night, Eastern Brown outlasted Washington Court House 50-48.
Boys ready to open: The past weekend belonged to the ladies and now this weekend will mark the start of the boys’ season. Most boys’ teams used this past weekend to get in one final tune-up. Several leagues had their annual previews. Some of the top match-ups in southeast Ohio are featured in this week’s On Tap section below.
Athens vs. Morgan, Boys Basketball, Friday, December 4th, Athens High School, approximately 7:30 p.m. Many eyes are on the Athens Bulldogs as a possible favorite in this year’s Tri Valley Conference’s Ohio Division.
Zane Trace Tip-Off Classic, Friday December 4th & Saturday, December 5th, Zane Trace High School (all games are boys unless noted)
Friday- December 4th
4:45 Piketon vs. Hillsboro
6:15 Zane Trace vs. Bloom Carroll
8:00 Waverly vs. Logan Elm
Saturday – December 5th
1:00 Zane Trace Girls vs. Alexander Girls
2:45 Circleville vs. Alexander
4:30 Westfall vs. Greenfield
6:15 Grandview vs. West Union
8:00 Valley vs. Washington Court House
Wheelersburg vs. Chesapeake, Boys Basketball, Saturday, December 5th, Chesapeake High School. Great early season match-up between two teams that seem to annually play deep into the tournament trail.
Tri Valley vs. Crooksville, Girls Basketball, Saturday, December 5th, Crooksville High School. This week’s top team will face a road test this weekend after hosting Morgan on Wednesday night.
Vinton County vs. Unioto, Girls Basketball, Saturday, December 5th, Unioto High School. Two solid Division II schools get together for a non-conference battle. Vinton County (TVC) and Unioto (SVC) are both in the preseason talks as possible league champs in their respective leagues.