Back on the court: Local prep cagers resume playing this weekend

After a short Christmas break, local prep basketball action is scheduled to resume tonight.

Highlighting the slate, Frontier visits Waterford in a non-conference boys’ tilt.

The Roger Kirkpatrick-coached Cougars (3-5) last played on Monday, drilling visiting Beallsville, 89-46.

Frontier has been particularly hot in its last two games, averaging 82 points and knocking down a combined 33 threes.

Against the Blue Devils (2-4), Drew Schneider led the way with a career-high 33 points, which included nine triples, equaling a single-game school high. Rodney Barnes added 14 points, Damon Metheney netted 11, Jeremiah Helmick had 10, and Levi Cochran contributed nine.

The Waterford defense, needless to say, will have to pay special attention to the perimeter when Frontier is on offense.

Off to a 6-0 overall start on the season, the Tom Simms-coached Wildcats haven’t seen game action since defeating visiting and defending Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division champion Federal Hocking, 51-41, on Dec. 20. The green and white cagers featured a balanced attack with Cody Paxton scoring 14 points; Tanner Pottmeyer, nine; Eli Strahler, eight; and Trystan Crawford and Garrett LeMasters six apiece.

Also tipping off for the boys tonight will be Belpre at Watten and Caldwell at Meadowbrook. Wood County Christian and Williamstown are scheduled to compete in the Gilead Tournament and Wirt County Tournament, respectively.

In girls play, Caldwell is at Morgan.

On Saturday night, the Jordan Thornhill-led Belpre boys will be back on the floor to host Marietta in a non-conference game at 7:30 p.m. The Mark Duckworth-coached Tigers (3-2) have been off since beating Rosecrans (2-5), 55-38, on Dec. 20. MHS has one of the tallest frontcourts in the area with 6-foot-6 Jon Wood and 6-5 Braden Riley.

With 6-2 junior Corey Hill stroking the ball with authority (17 points vs. Rosecrans) from the perimeter, Marietta could be a team to keep an eye on.

The Mark Hannuksela-coached Marietta girls (6-3) have also been playing good ball of late, coming off a 68-52 triumph over visiting Morgan Monday night. Starr Johnson paced the orange and black winners with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Lauren Martin chipped in with 18 markers; Alle Moore netted nine; and Lain Weppler had eight. The Lady Tigers are scheduled to play Cochocton in an East Central Ohio League game Saturday at 5 p.m.

Also on tap Saturday, the Warren girls are at Morgan; Beallsville is at Frontier; and Williamstown visits Ritchie County.

On the boys’ side, Williamstown and WCCS continue tournament play, while Morgan travels to Trimble, and Caldwell takes on Whitehall/Harvest at Meadowbrook.