Braves cruise past Rangers

Logan Elm sprinted out to an early double-digit lead on Friday and didn’t look back in a 65-32 Mid-State League Buckeye Division win over host Hamilton Township.
Four different players contributed to the scoring column in the first quarter that ended with the Braves holding a 14-4 lead. Gabe Chalfin led the way with five points and Jeremy Wietelmann followed with four.
Logan Elm extended its advantage to 35-15 at halftime. The Braves shot 7 of 12 during the period, with Isaac Ward and Chalfin leading the way with seven points apiece and Wietelmann tacking on four more.
Chalfin led the Braves on the night with 14 points, Wietelmann tallied 13, Ward had 11 and Jason Sailor added eight.
The Braves (15-1, 13-1) host Miami Trace on Thursday for a sectional final.
Canal Winchester 82,
Teays Valley 75

Teays Valley battled back from an early 15-2 hole, but couldn’t overcome host Canal Winchester on Friday in a non-league offensive showcase..
The Indians led at all stops – 17-13, 39-37 and 60-54.
“Great effort again tonight by all the guys. Can not say enough about how hard these guys are playing and how unselfish they are playing,” TV coach Brian Barnett said. “Game did not start out very well we were down 15-2 at one point in the first and got it to within four. In the second quarter, we played better, committed fewer turnovers and were able to match Canal Winchester scoring. We did a nice job of keeping our composure and grinding out stops to get it to two points at the half.”
Garrett Meddock set a new single-game program record by connecting on eight three-pointers en route to a game-high 26 points. Eli Burgett contributed a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds and Jackson Smith added 12 points for the Vikings.
“We started slow in the third quarter, but Eli Burgett kept us in it with eight points in the qtr. Eli did a great job on the offensive end of the floor,” Barnett praised. “He had another big night of scoring and rebounding the basketball. He kept a lot of offensive rebounds alive for us and those usually led to points.
“Garrett gave us a record performance tonight, hitting four threes in the fourth and eight overall for the game. I can’t say enough about Eli and Garrett, because they put us on their backs and did everything they could to will us to a win.”
Cortez Freeman had 25 points to lead the Indians (12-7).
“In the end we had a tough time keeping them in front of us and keeping their size and strength off the offensive glass. Add in we committed 20 turnovers on the evening and we were very fortunate to keep it as close as we did,” Barnett said. “These kids showed a lot of heart and effort again tonight. We are playing real hard and tough nosed right now and the experience we are gaining each game will pay off for us as we travel down the road. I am disappointed in the loss, but am very proud of the effort these guys are giving us.”
The Vikings (8-9) close MSL-Buckeye play for the season today at Hamilton Township and then host Dublin Scioto on Tuesday for a sectional semifinal.

Girls Basketball
Canal Winchester 44,
Teays Valley 40

After knocking off No. 17 seed Delaware in the first round, No. 27 Canal Winchester rallied on Friday to upend No. 20 Teays Valley 44-40 in a Division I Central District sectional final.
The Vikings (13-9) had leads of 12-6, 23-15 and 31-28, but the Indians went on a 16-9 fourth quarter to advance.
New Hope 70,
Immaculate Conception 30

Eight players contributed to the scoreboard on Friday to help New Hope cruise past visiting Immaculate Conception 70-30.
Maren McCallister scored eight points and Jenna Tripp tacked on six markers to help send the Statesmen to an early 17-5 advantage.
Lauren Smith, McCallister and Tripp tossed in four points apiece in the second quarter, sending the Statesmen into halftime leading 33-15.
McCallister poured in a game-high 21 points, Tripp turned in 20 and Smith added 13 on the night.

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