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Big Red squeaks past Catholic Central in OT

STEUBENVILLE — Big Red found its offense as the game went on and came away with a thrilling 50-45 overtime victory over city rival Catholic Central inside a packed Crimson Center.

Leading the charge was a freshman, as Santino Haney led all scorers with 28 points.

Like his team, he got stronger as the game went on, netting 12 points in the fourth quarter and four in OT.

He knocked down a pair of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the teams traded the lead, then made a pair of big free throws in overtime that made it a five-point lead.

As fast-paced as the second half was, the game started at a crawl with Big Red leading 5-3 after the opening quarter. Big Red pulled ahead 10-3 early in the second, but Central (2-1) went on an 8-0 run and ultimately led 13-12 at halftime.

The Crusaders, though, trimmed the margin to one at 25-24 after three, then rattled off the first four points of the fourth to surge ahead, a Benji Rook trey making it a 7-1 Crusader run to put CCHS on top by five before another Santino Haney trey cut it back to two.

Tre Wiggins (eight points) then drained a triple to put Big Red on top with under two minutes to play.

Central re-took the lead with a Rook (13 points) bucket and led by two in the final minute after a Tommy Pergi (12 points) free throw make, but Santino Haney tied the game with a basket with 31 seconds left and Central’s shot at the buzzer was offline, sending the game to OT.

In the extra time, Big Red netted the first five points on a Santino Haney bucket and a Che’Mier Adams (nine points) trey, and was in the driver seat from there, out-pacing the Crusaders 9-4 in OT to take the win.

Monroe Central 71, Barnesville 30

WOODSFIELD — The Monroe Central boys’ basketball team had its long-distance shooting dialed in Friday night.

The Seminoles knocked down 14 three-pointers in running away from visiting Barnesville, 71-30.

Jacob Fogle drilled five bonus goals on his way to a game-high 19 points. He was joined in double figures by Caedyn Silva and Tucker Howell who evenly divided two dozen. Dylan Parden added eight.

The Shamrocks were led by Luke Detling with seven points. Ben Holskey had six.

(Late Thursday)

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Frontier 60, Valley 42

PINE GROVE — The Lumberjills battled back in the second half but fell Thursday to the Cougars, who were led by a 21-point effort by Morgan Haught.

Haught’s 21 was followed by Grace Knowlton with 18 and Kelsey Dye with seven.

For Valley, both Laken Dawson and Winter Higgins scored 15, Harli Rush scored 11, and Michaela Miller was the only other Lumberjill in the scoring column Friday.

Frontier built up a 32-16 halftime advantage, but Valley played their opponent nearly to a draw in the second half, 28-26.

SWIMMING

Linsly Splashes to

Pair of Sweeps

WHEELING — The Linsly boys’ and girls’ swim teams both went undefeated in action Thursday night at the Linsly natatorium.

Boys

The Cadets went 3-0 with victories over Warren Local, Marietta and Indian Creek.

Kameron Kezele led the way with a pair of individual wins in the 100 Butterfly and the 100 Backstroke. He also swam a leg on the 400 Freestyle Relay and 200 Medley Relay teams.

Carlin Wong and Colby Gibbons each had one individual victory and contributed to a pair of first-place relay teams. Indian Creek’s Hunter Rusnak won the 100 Freestyle. The Redskins went 2-1.

Girls

The Cadets swam past Warren Local, Marietta, Indian Creek and St. John Central Academy.

Anna Norman, Chiara Chieffo and Tuana Ozdemir all won two individual races and helped on two relay teams.

Norman took the 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke and swam a leg on the winning 200 Freestyle and 200 Medley relay squads. Chieffo captured the 50 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly and was part of the 200 Medley and 400 Freestyle teams. Ozdemir finished first in the 500 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke and was also part of the 400 Freestyle and 200 Medley relays.

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