Coming off their initial loss of the season, the St. Clairsville Red Devils rebounded in a big way Tuesday night on the hilltop.
Following a competitive opening first quarter against Buckeye 8 rival Buckeye Local, St. C. put the hammer down, pitching an impressive 19-0 second quarter shutout. Kim Clifford's talented quint went on for a 86-38 triumph.
The Panthers went toe-to-toe with St. C. for eight minutes, trailing by just 18-16 at the first stop. But St. C.'s overwhelming second stanza advantage made for a 37-16 intermission lighting and the hosts never looked back.
By evening's end, St. C. had connected on 12 buckets beyond the arc with senior Jerrid Marhefka heaving home a half-dozen trifectas en route to scoring a game-leading 25 points.
Falling by 61-58 last weekend via a buzzer-beating trey against Columbus Africentric, there would be no repeat performance Tuesday. St. C. extended its halftime spread to 63-26 after three panels, then finished off the Panthers with the Red Devil reserves scoring 23 points down the stretch.
Backing Marhefka's total was all-Ohio ace Dan Monteroso who hit for 19 markers. Riley Carlton provided 16-point support and junior Jared Derosa finished with 11 counters.
Buckeye's Kyle Mihalo tossed in a team-leading 15 points for Jay Morris' cagers. Junior Brennan Czuchran was also in twin digits with a 10-point outing.
St. Clairsville, now 2-1, returns to action Saturday evening when Claymont's Mustangs gallop in to the county seat. Buckeye is off until Dec. 27 when Minerva High invades Connorville.
In Tuesday night's jayvee encounter, St. C. was victorious.
Shadyside 55 Weirton Madonna 45
At Shadyside, coach Ed Andes' Tigers found themselves on the short end of a 30-18 halftime count against invading Madonna.
But the Orange returned a different team. Shadyside outpointed Madonna 18-8 in the third period to pull within 38-36, then finished off the Blue Dons with a 19-7 fourth quarter spree to win going away.
Adam Stupak's 19 points paced the Tigers and all scorers. Skyler Gibson provided 10-point support. Donating eight markers apiece were Jared Brooks, Ryan Richardson and Austin Dorris.
Richardson landed eight rebounds while Stupak's production included five assists and five steals. The Orange connected for seven three-point buckets in the victory.
Also victorious in Tuesday's jayvee contest, Shadyside remains at home for a Friday night tipoff against Martins Ferry.
Shenandoah 66 Beallsville 45
At Beallsville, the invading Zeps broke open a close game in the second quarter in handing Beallsville its fourth loss in six outings.
Shenandoah led 19-16 after one quarter before extending the count to 38-24 at halftime. Casey Tolzda's Blue Devils faced a 51-33 deficit after three panels.
Brandon Farnsworth tallied a team-leading 22 points for the Noble County quint and was joined in double figures by teammates Danny Neuhart (16) and James Luyster (14). Beallsville guard Teryn Jarrett was the lone Blue Devil in twin digits, firing home a game-leading 24 markers.
Beallsvlle remains on the home boards for a Friday night encounter against Bishop Donahue. In Tuesday night's jayvee contest, Beallsville was a 36-32 victor.