D-II Sectional Semi Final at Southeastern HS
Washington 50, Hillsboro 29
The Blue Lions not only won a sectional semi-final contest but also won a SCOL championship with their win over Hillsboro at Ross Southeastern Wednesday night.
Officials at both school agreed to count the contest as a league game instead of playing a makeup game at Hillsboro next Monday night.
Washington CH (17-4/11-1 SCOL) will play Saturday at Ross Southeastern for a sectional title and a berth to the Convo in Athens against the Circleville Tigers who the Blue Lions lost to 61-48 on January 29th.
Hillsboro finishes their season with a 7-15 overall/1-11 SCOL mark.
Tickets for Washington’s Sectional Championship Game are now on sale at Washington High School during school hours (7am-3pm). Tickets are $5.00 and a portion of presale tickets is given back to the athletic department.
Circleville 56, Miami Trace 37
The Tigers had 11-2 start and tacked on a 12-0 finish that help lead them to a victory in the Ross Southeastern sectional semi-finals Wednesday night. The win puts Circleville in the upper bracket title game against Washington CH.
Circleville had three players in double figures led by Kyle Smith with 17 points.
Miami Trace was led by Derrick Marcum with 11 points and both Trevor Smith and Cedric Pettiford who both average in double figures was held by Circleville to seven and three points respectfully.
Miami Trace finishes their season with a 6 game losing streak and finished at 13-9 overall.
The Circleville-Washington CH game airs Saturday at 6:45pm with Stew Gardner and Steve Vermillion on Buckeye Country 105.5FM and iheartradio.
Chillicothe 61, East Clinton 53
Three-and-five. The Cavs record January 4th after a 42-40 loss at Canal Winchester.
Fast forward 47 days later and Chillicothe is 12-and-1 following a 61-53 win at East Clinton to close out the regular season.
Tommy Bolte scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the second half, including a six-point swing to break a 51-51 tie with 1:25 remaining.
“If I woulda guessed he had 18 or 20, looked up and he had 27” said Astros Head Coach Scott Streber. “I thought we did a great job on him and he ended up with 27. That shows you what kind of a great player he is.”
The Cavs struggled with their outside shooting, making just 5-of-16 shots from the field and 1-of-5 from 3-point range, but maintained a 30-23 halftime lead.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well” said Cavs Head Coach Eric Huffer “but we hit them when we had to. They really clogged it up and played great gap defense on us and made us take outside shots… made Tommy take contested shots. We were able to get through it.”
The Cavs began finding success along the baseline as Isaiah Johnson scored most of his 13 points within five feet of the bucket. Matt Benson and Eddie Wells teamed for another 13 while Nate Rosenbauer added three and Jordan Johnson drained a three from 20-plus one of five three pointers for the Cavs on the night.
Chillicothe had a 9-point lead after Bolte dropped in his first three-ball at 5:28 in the third quarter, but East Clinton began chipping away and forged a 39-39 tie with seconds remaining in the period. The Cavs held a 44-41 lead after three.
The Astros were able to hang around and took a 51-49 lead with 2:45 left in regulation. Bolte tied the game at 51, then nailed a three-pointer out of a Cavs time out and added a three-point play for an 8-0 run and the Cavs were back in control.
“The effort was there” said Streber “and that third quarter, we made that run… the last three games we’ve won we played four quarters. I thought in the second quarter we let down energy-wise and kinda got our heads out of the game a little bit and made some turnovers… and a team like that (Chillicothe) is gonna make you pay for it.”
The win gave the Cavs a 10-2 SCOL mark but the Cavs missed out on a piece of the league title when Washington thumped Hillsboro 50-29 in the D-II Sectional Semi-final at Southeastern High School Wednesday. The schools agreed to use the game as the SCOL makeup game that was to have been played this Monday.
“I’m okay with that” said Huffer. “They deserved it. We had our opportunities to beat Court House and we didn’t. “ A 49-47 loss to the Blue Lions at Hatton Gym January 17th has been the only speed bump for the Cavs during their stretch to the post season.
The Cavaliers will face Reynoldsburg Saturday at 1pm in the D-I Central District Tournament.
Clinton Massie 51, Wilmington 27
Clinton Massie jumped out to a 12-0 lead Wednesday night in the Lebanon sectional semi-finals holding Wilmington scoreless until the 7:08 mark in the 2nd quarter and capture a tournament victory that led to a sweep of the Lady Hurricane during the 2013-14 season. They had defeated Wilmington in late December 36-35 in the Clinton County Holiday Basketball Tournament semi-finals that snapped a five game losing streak to the Lady Hurricane.
The Lady Falcons pressing defense caused numerous turnovers early for Wilmington plus the Falcons dominating in rebounds help lead to a Lady Falcons victory.
Sydney Brackenmeyer led with a 15 point, 20 rebound performance including seven offensive rebounds and three 3 blocked shots. Kasey Uetrecht added 10 points as the Falcons go to 24-0 for the season. The Falcons shot unofficially (42.6%) from the field while the Lady Hurricane shot 24% from the field. The Falcons outrebounded Wilmington 39-24 unofficially.
Wilmington was led by Savannah Hooper with 9 points.
Clinton Massie will play this Saturday at 12 Noon in the lower bracket finals against Bellbrook. The Lady Falcons’ Uetrecht and Brackenmyer teamed for 45 points and 30 rebounds in a 61-51 win over Bellbrook on December 1st.
The Falcons will be aiming to win their third straight sectional and a berth to the Mason district.
The Clinton Massie-Bellbrook contest will air on Buckeye Country 105.5FM and iheartradio with Bryce Matson and Roger Baber from Lebanon High School Saturday at 11:45am.
Greenview 80, East Clinton 30
Behind Ashton Lovely 27 points the Rams move on to the Wilmington sectional finals next Monday defeating the Lady Astros of East Clinton.
Greeneview held the Astros scoreless for over a quarter as the Lady Astros finished the season at 0-23.