Teays Valley used its defense to get out to a quick start on Friday and then a heavy load of Jackson Smith in the second half to claim a 64-44 Mid-State League Buckeye Division win over visiting Amanda-Clearcreek.
The Vikings ended the first quarter with an 11-2 advantage and took a 29-21 lead into halftime.
“We did a good job of controlling the game from the start. After a sloppy first quarter, we finally got our transition game going and were able to take a 29 -21 lead into halftime,” TV coach Brian Barnett said. “Our pressure and depth were the difference tonight as we were able to wear them down.”
Smith, who led all scorers with 25 points, helped the Vikings extend their lead to 49-32 going into the final period of play.
Peyton Weiler followed with nine points in the first half and four assists, Cam Dyas-Rogers contributed eight points and seven rebounds and Brayden Primmer also tallied eight points.
“I felt we were aggressive going to the basket and that put Amanda in some foul trouble,” Barnett said. “We are doing a good job of shooting the ball and looking for one another on the offensive end of the floor. Our pressure also causes teams problems, like tonight.
“I was really pleased with Jackson Smith. He has been in a little shooting slump and broke out of it tonight.”
Clayton Rhyne paced the Aces with 17 points, Tucker Shamblin and Jonathan Weaver had six apiece and Nate Hunter grabbed 10 rebounds to go with his five points.
The Vikings (2-1, 2-0) travel to Bloom-Carroll on Tuesday for an early season battle of league unbeatens. The Aces (2-2, 0-2) also continue league action on Tuesday when they host Hamilton Township.
Logan Elm 60,
Hamilton Township 41
A second quarter run allowed Logan Elm to take a comfortable lead into halftime and eventually earn a 60-41 MSL-Buckeye win on Friday over visiting Hamilton Township.
The Braves entered the second period already with a 16-11 advantage and extended it to 31-14, thanks to a 15-3 quarter.
After scoring 10 points in the opening period, Braylen Baker added another five during the second quarter. Tanner Holbert also tossed in five points during the run.
Trent Renz scored the lone basket of the second quarter for the Rangers (0-3, 0-2).
Baker scored a game-high 22 points on 9 of 16 shooting and Holbert was 8 of 16 from the field for 19 points. Garret Summers followed with 10 points and Konnor Starkey added six.
Camelo Dorsey had 15 points to pace the Rangers, who committed 21 turnovers compared to 11 for the Braves.
Logan Elm (2-1, 1-1) returns to action today at Miami Trace for a non-league game.
Fairfield Union 42,
Fairfield Union led at all stops on Friday as it stayed unbeaten with a 42-32 MSL-Buckeye win over host Circleville.
The Falcons led 9-3, 18-9 and 28-24.
Craig Fleck had 11 of his 14 points in the second half to lead the Tigers, Trevor Coleman had eight and Winston Jones added five.
Ted Harrah had 14 points to pace the Falcons (5-0, 2-0).
The Tigers (2-3, 0-2) continue league play on Tuesday when they travel to Logan Elm.
Tyler Shipley and Ashton Nunemaker combined for 14 points in the fourth quarter on Friday to help Westfall in a 59-54 Scioto Valley Conference win over visiting Southeastern.
Nunemaker canned a pair of threes in the fourth quarter en route to a team-high 21 points. Shipley nailed seven free throws in the final period en route to nine points.
Brody Clark followed with eight and Casey Cline had seven for the Mustangs (1-1, 1-0), who continue conference play tonight when they host Adena.
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