Vikings turn up defense to beat Braves

Teays Valley turned up its defense after a slow start on Saturday to record a 57-42 Mid-State League Buckeye Division win over host Logan Elm.
Four different players reached the scoring column for the Braves in the first quarter as they ended the period with a 19-16 edge. Tanner Holbert nailed a pair of three-pointers and finished the period with eight points, Braylen Baker tallied five and Garret Summers added four.
The Vikings checked the Braves to just five points in the second quarter to head into halftime tied at 24-24.
Teays Valley then outscored Logan Elm 33-18 in the second half.
“We did a good job being patient on offense and our defensive pressure caused them to hurry some things today,” Teays Valley coach Brian Barnett said. “We made some adjustments at halftime and the second half our defense stepped up allowing only 18 points.
“Give a lot of that credit to Brayden Primmer, who did a great job on Tanner Holbert along with Peyton Weiler. I also think our depth and length made things difficult for Logan Elm.”
Primmer had eight points in the third quarter and Cam Dyas-Rogers added five in the third to give the Vikings a 40-33 advantage entering the final period.
Weiler tallied seven points and Ryan Allton added six in the fourth to help the Vikings seal their first win of the season.
Four players scored nine points or more in a balanced scoring output for the Vikings. Jackson Smith tallied 12 points, Primmer had 10 points and eight rebounds, and Dyas-Rogers and Weiler added nine apiece.
“Brayden was also a force on the offensive end with some big rebounds,” Barnett said.
Holbert poured in a game-high 21 points for the Braves, Baker had nine points and 10 rebounds and Summers added eight points.
Both teams continue league play at home on Friday, as the Vikings (1-1, 1-0) take on Amanda-Clearcreek and the Braves (1-1, 0-1) tangle with Hamilton Township.
Bloom-Carroll 60,
Circleville 28

Circleville was unable to get going on Saturday in a 60-28 MSL-Buckeye setback to host Bloom-Carroll.
Bloom-Carroll led 28-12 at halftime and 51-21 entering the fourth quarter.
Briley Crammer tallied 11 points and Craig Fleck and Trevor Coleman added four apiece for the Tigers (2-1, 0-1), who travel to Athens on Wednesday for a non-league game.
Liberty Union 61,
Amanda-Clearcreek 50

Girls Basketball
Tolsia (W. Va.) 68,
New Hope Christian 50

Tolsia produced a 25-point fourth quarter to put away the BJM Key Player Shootout Final with a win on Saturday over New Hope.
Maren McCallister poured in a game-high 27 points, Ivy Hines tallied 11 and Eden Leist added six for New Hope.
McCallister and Hines also made the all-tournament team.
Southeastern 56,
Logan Elm 10

Enaja Fischer scored four points, and Clara Wilson and Maggie Wilson added three apiece for Logan Elm on Saturday in a non-league loss to host Southeastern.
The Braves (0-5) resume MSL-Buckeye play on Tuesday at Circleville.

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