Central Ohio Huddle: Newark shoots 96-percent from the floor?


Central Ohio Huddle

While the snow was strong enough to wipe away over half of the boys
and girls basketball games across the central Ohio area over the past
week, there were still plenty of big matchups to keep the fans warm. Here’s who lit fires.

While the snow was strong enough to wipe away over half of the boys
and girls basketball games across the central Ohio area over the past
week, there were still plenty of big matchups to keep the fans warm.

first Associated Press boys basketball poll came out early this week,
led by Northland being ranked first and Dublin Coffman third in
Division I. DeSales was ranked third in Division II and Logan Elm came
in 10th. Grandview Heights was ranked ninth in Division III and Newark
Catholic topped the Division IV poll.

With warmer
temperatures finally on the way this week, a big week of games is on
tap, including central Ohio teams participating in the girls basketball
tournament at Pickerington Central and the boys basketball tournament
at Wellston in southeast Ohio.


Catholic, boys basketball:
The Green Wave needed overtime but came out
on top with a 62-54 win over Mid-State League Ohio Division rival
Bexley in a battle of undefeated teams. Newark Catholic, a Division IV
regional finalist a season ago, overcame a nine-point fourth quarter
deficit with a 10-0 to take a 45-44 lead. Bexley eventually sent the
game into overtime tied at 49 and led 54-53 with 1:30 left, but NC’s
Matt Dawson rattled off five straight points and scored eight of the
final nine points for the Wave.

Nate Adams contributed
14 points and 18 rebounds for Newark Catholic, which moved to 8-0 on
the season, and Phil Taylor added a dozen points.


White, Heath girls basketball:
White was a big force for the Bulldogs
in a key 52-42 win over Mid-State League Ohio Division rival Newark
Catholic. Heath finished the third quarter on a key 8-2 run, powered by
a pair of three-pointers by White. The Heath standout finished had a
game-high 27 points and also contributed seven rebounds and three
assists. The win sent Heath to 9-1 overall and 7-0 in league play. NC
suffered its first setback in division play.


Traditional boys basketball power Newark struggled to a 2-6
start this season but has shown some life over the week, defeating
Pickerington North and literally catching the nets on fire with a win
over Logan. Against Logan, the Wildcats made 96 percent of their shots
in the first quarter and shot 70 percent for the game. Newark shot 13
of 15 from three-point range in the 92-69 decision. Ryan Dierks was 9
of 9 from the field and scored 28 points to pace the Wildcats.

Gahanna reaches halfway mark: The Lions are one of the first teams in central Ohio to reach the highway point of the season.

And one thing is obvious – Gahanna is deep and talented.

Lions displayed their collective talent in a Ohio Capital Conference
Ohio Division game with Reynoldsburg with a 68-49 win. Gahanna, now
10-0 on the season, was balanced, including in the scoring department
with Anthony Jackson scoring 18 points, Rob Brandenberg scoring 14
points, Stevie Taylor putting in 12 markers and Sam Bott adding 11.

Gahanna used a 14-0 run in the final period to pull away from Reynoldsburg, now 6-4 on the season.

The best combination of boys and girls basketball teams at one
school might be at Dublin Coffman. The Rocks boys basketball team
improved to 9-0 with two wins, including a 65-58 decision over Hilliard
Davidson in a Ohio Capital Conference Central Division game. Akron
commitment Michael Green poured in 27 points for Coffman and Kyle
Molock added 16 points. Cofffman outscored Davidson 43-31 in the second
half for the come-from-behind win.

The Coffman girls
basketball team is off to a 9-2 start and is 6-0 in division play. The
Shamrocks picked up two wins last week, including a 57-44 decision over
Westerville North. Coffman started the game on a 19-7 run and was led
for the night by Sarah McQuade with 17 points and Meredith Stranges
adding 12.

Madison-Plains earns non-league win: Led by
Matthew McCollister hitting for 16 points, the Madison-Plains boys
basketball team dispatched defending district champion Bloom-Carroll
57-49 in a non-league matchup. Garrett Dugger hit three treys and
finished with 14 points as MP moved to 6-2 on the season.

lands big win:
The Cardington boys basketball team remained undefeated
in Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference play with a 63-59 win over host North
Union. The Pirates (9-1, 5-0) were led by Riley Thomas scoring 31
points and David Meachem and Ryan Levering adding 11 markers each.

North Union fell to 7-2, 2-2 with the loss.

Trace girls still unbeaten:
The Panthers held serve in the South
Central Ohio League by grabbing a convincing 62-25 win over
Madison-Plains to improve to 9-0 on the season and 6-0 in league play.
Miami Trace went on a 22-6 run to open the game and never looked back.
Jenna Cobb, who scored her 1,000 career point earlier this season,
paced the Panthers with 19 points and Andrea Strahler added 16 points.

win Logan Elm Invitational:
The Circleville wrestling team continued
momentum it gained during a strong post-Christmas performance at West
Jefferson by winning the six-team Logan Elm Invitational with 237
points. The Tigers placed 11 of their 14 wrestlers in the top three of
their respective weight classes. B.J. Garcia (112 pounds), Nathan Kern
(119) and Clay Davis (140) all won individual titles for Circleville.


vs. Fairport (NY) boys basketball at Wellston, Saturday at 5:15 p.m.:

DeSales is no stranger to playing quality out-of-state competitions.
The Stallions traveled to Florida during Christmas break.

Elm vs. Detroit Consortium (Mich.) boys basketball at Wellston, Sunday
at 4:30 p.m.:
Logan Elm, a Final Four participant a season ago, is 7-0
after losing two 1,000 career point scorers to graduation. This is one
of two non-league highlight games for the Braves this month.

Trace vs. Lake Catholic girls basketball at Pickerington Central,
Sunday at 7:45 p.m.:
This will be the second test for Trace at the
Pickerington Central All-Ohio Prep Shootout.

vs. Huntington St. Joe (W. Va.) girls basketball at Pickerington
Central, Monday at 2:15 p.m.:
The Aces take on the Class A defending
state champions from West Virginia.

Dublin Coffman vs.
Lexington Catholic (Ky.) boys basketball at Wellston, Monday at 4:15
Undefeated Coffman tries to keep its record intact while battling
a team from the Bluegrass State.

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