St. C. hoop teams sweep Buckeye

St. Clairsville’s Lady Red Devils pulled away from Buckeye Local to post a 63-41 Saturday afternoon girls’ basketball victory at Connorville.

Leading 14-13 after one period, St. C. increased its cushion to 34-21 at halftime and maintained 48-33 command after three panels.

Alexis St. Clair paced three Red Devils in double digits with 14 points. Carlee Gillespie provided 13-point support and Brigee Mick produced 11 markers.

Buckeye Local’s Becky Zeroski topped the hosts with 14 points. Teammate Kayla Fillipovich added 10 lightings.

Monroe Central 60, Magnolia 53

AT Woodsfield, Chelsie Tewanger and Chelsie Roberts connected for 23 points apiece and the Lady Seminoles stopped invading Magnolia.

Monroe was a 16-14 leader after one panel before extending the count to 36-24 at halftime. The winners led by 49-38 after three periods of play.

Roberts brought down 12 rebounds and Elizabeth Robey collected eight stray shots for the victors. Tewanger recorded five steals and distributed five assists. Melanie Stimpert also logged four steals.

Magnolia received a 24-point, 13-rebound performance from Mallory Chapman. Grace Berisford tallied 15 markers.

Now 14-8, Monroe faces Shenandoah in sectional tournament play Thursday (7 p.m.) at Cambridge.


St. Clairsville 66,

Buckeye Local 43

AT Connorville, Red Devils’ head coach Kim Clifford achieved a milestone following his team’s decisive victory over the host Panthers.

Saturday afternoon’s triumph was number 300 for Clifford at the hilltop school. Overall, Clifford owns 389 career wins.

St. C. was a 19-14 leader after one period before extending the spread to 32-19 at halftime. Jay Morris’ Panthers faced a 47-33 deficit after three rounds.

All-Ohio ace Dan Monteroso topped St. C. and all scorers with a 23-point output. Dylan Campbell was a 16-point contributor while Adam Jeffries connected for 15 markers.

Buckeye standout Kyle Michalo led the hosts with 17 lightings. Brennen Czuchran was next, netting 13 markers.

Both teams are in action Tuesday. St. C. welcomes Martins Ferry in a Wheeling Hospital/OVAC 4-A semifinal tilt while Buckeye Local greets Shenandoah in a OVAC consolation encounter.

Frontier 68, Bridgeport 51

AT Wolfhurst, the invading Cougars were down by 29-27 at halftime before using a 19-6 third quarter turnaroud to take charge at 46-35.

Drew Schneider scored a game-leading 20 points for the visitors. Damon Matheny provided 17-point support. The duo combined for 10 three-point buckets. Jordan Jefferson added 10 tallies for Frontier.

Bridgeport, coming off a Friday night romp over Bellaire, was led by Dallas Fields’ 14-point output. QJ Williams, with 10 markers, was the only other Bulldog in double figures.

Frontier was a 44-41 victor in Saturday afternoon’s jayvee contest.

Monroe Central 78,

Buckeye Trail 56

AT Woodsfield, the host Seminoles avenged a prior nine-point loss at Trail by wiping out the Warriors.

Coach Scooter Tolzda’s troops led 19-12 after one period and 37-32 at halftime before outpointing the Guernsey County quint 41-24 in the final 16 minutes.

Korey Lafferre rifled home 26 points and received 22-point support from teammate Cameron Jorris. Josh Guiler produced a double-double, scoring 15 points and landing a like number of rebounds.

Trail’s Zach Roe connected for 24 points. Troy Starr scored 17 and CJ Beaver netted 11.

Monroe outrebounded the Warriors, 43-22. Jorris distributed six assists and Levi Brown handed out four.

Monroe also prevailed in Saturday’s jayvee contest 64-52 as Tanner Burkhart hooped 17 points.

The Seminoles and Warriors battle again Tuesday at Old Washington in Wheeling Hospital/OVAC semifinal round action.