Prep hoops roundup: Warren rallies after the break to beat Athens
From staff reports
THE PLAINS – The Warren Warriors came away victorious over Athens 60-57 in a thriller Tuesday night.
Warren trailed by six at halftime but outscored the Bulldogs 35-26 in the second half to improve to 9-1 on the season.
Evan French led the Warriors with 22 points. French and Dylan Leffingwell each hauled in seven rebounds. Reece Patton also had a big game with 18 markers. Joe Burrow had a game-high 26 points for Athens.
Overall, the Warriors were 26-for-57 (45 percent) shooting from the floor.
Warren held the edge in turnovers (12-15) and rebounding (29-21).
The Warriors are back in action Friday when they go on the road to face Jackson.
Meadowbrook 53, Marietta 51
BYESVILLE – Marietta dropped a heartbreaker to Meadowbrook 53-51 Tuesday night in an ECOL matchup.
The Tigers shot 18-for-46 (39 percent) from the floor and were led by Corey Hill’s 15 points.
Billy Weekly also hit double digits with 11.
The Tigers were killed by a seven point first quarter. Every other quarter they outscored the Colts, but it was not enough to claim a victory.
Marietta will look to rebound Friday when it hosts Claymont.
Waterford ran into some bad luck Tuesday as the opposing Eastern Eagles shot a blistering 68 percent from the floor in 67-58 victory.
The Wildcats were led by Austin Shriver’s 21 points, Brian Moore’s 14 points and Cody Paxton’s 10 points.
Kirk Pullius had a game-high 29 for Eastern.
Waterford, now 4-4, held the advantage in rebounding and turnovers but it was not enough to cancel out the white-hot shooting of Eastern.
The Tom Simms-led Wildcats are back in action Friday when they host Trimble.
South Gallia 45
Belpre claimed a TVC win over South Gallia Tuesday night by a score of 49-45.
Belpre, now 5-6, was led by Dakota Hoffman’s 18 points. The Golden Eagles grabbed 31 rebounds in the game, including 11 from Bryce Pittenger.
Trailing 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, Belpre’s defense came up big by holding South Gallia to just eight markers in the second quarter to take a 23-19 advantage into halftime.
Belpre next plays at home against Eastern Friday.
Prep girls’ basketball
NEW?MATAMORAS – The Lady Cougars trailed 24-17 at halftime but rallied to beat Linsly 44-39 in a non-conference tilt Tuesday night.
Christin Douglas led Frontier with 16 points on the night. The Scott Murphy-coached Cougars were 16-for-47 (34 percent) shooting and notched 27 rebounds, led by Douglas’ nine and Kelsie Rinard’s seven.
Waterford 85, Wahama 28
The Waterford Lady Wildcats absolutely dismantled Wahama Tuesday night by a score of 85-28.
Waterford held Wahama to eight second half points in the 57-point blowout.
Four Lady Wildcats hit double digits in scoring in the game. Brooke Drayer led the way with 20, Chelsey Paxton had 17, Taylor Hilverding had 15, and Regan Porter contributed 10. Jerry Close-led Waterford shot 35-for-68 (51 percent) from the floor and had a whopping 49 rebounds, led by Paxton’s 15.
Waterford will look to maintain that momentum into tonight’s game against Southern.