Monroe Central, SJC, River boys win

Monroe Central rallied from an early eight-point deficit to roll past homestanding Caldwell, 88-65.

Coach Scooter Tolzda’s now 7-1 club trailed 17-11 after one period prior to a 33-point second quarter eruption which enabled the Noles to take a 44-37 intermission upperhand. Monroe extended the count to 67-52 after three panels.

Monroe’s Korey Lafferre lit up the hosts for a game-leading 23 points. Cameron Jorris connected for 20 tallies and Bryan Duffy provided 10-point support.

Caldwell’s Jonathan Wicherman topped the hosts with 22 points. Justin Figel supported with a dozen markers.

Lafferre, Duffy and Josh Guiler landed eight rebounds apiece as Monroe totaled 36 boards. Cameron Jorris distributed four assists. Caldwell led in turnovers, 22-8.

Monroe returns home for a Tuesday night tipoff against Shadyside.

St. John Central 47, Hundred 30

At Bellaire, the Irish (3-6) won for the second straight game as D.J. Shoemaker poured in a game-high 22 points, including a sterling 13 of 16 effort from the foul line.

Garrett Holubeck added eight counters for SJC, while John Alvey had six and Jonathan Bossell five.

The hosts led 12-3 after one quarter and 20-11 at the half. They held a 34-19 advantage after three stanzas.

St. John Central travels to Paden City Saturday.

River 52,

Shenandoah 37

At Sarahsville, River’s Pilots improved to 5-3 after deflating the host Zeps.

Mark Romick’s quint came off a 7-7 deadlock after one period to take a 27-18 halftime advantage. The Pilots were 39-28 frontrunners after three panels.

Brett Price (16) and Cody Caldwell (13) were double figure scorers for River. Jordan Indermuhle, meanwhile, wiped the glass for 13 rebounds. Matt Marconi handed out five assists.

Danny Neuhart was the lone Zep in double figures with a 13-point output.

River was slated to oppose Magnolia this evening at New Martinsville.

Conotton Valley 39 Strasburg 23

AT Strasburg, visiting Conotton Valley, playing without sidelined 6-6 standout Brandon Bailey, knocked off Strasburg in a low-scoring affair.

Leaders by 15-10 after one period, CV was outpointed 5-2 during a slow-paced second stanza which saw the visitors take a 17-15 lead to the lockerroom. Strasburg remained within 27-21 striking distance after three rounds before CV pulled away in the final frame.