Circleville celebrated its 600th win in girls basketball program history on Tuesday with a 45-23 Mid-State League Buckeye Division verdict over host Hamilton Township.
The Tigers jumped out to a 14-5 lead following a period of play and extended that advantage to 29-9 at intermission and 36-17 going into the fourth.
Gabby McConnell led the Tigers with 11 points, Faith Yancey had 10, and Logan Jones and Lily Winter tossed in seven apiece.
The Tigers (6-6, 3-4) return to the road today for a non-league game against the Jackson Ironladies.
Teays Valley 54,
Liberty Union 21
Teays Valley held visiting Liberty Union to just nine points in the second half on Tuesday to claim a 54-21 MSL-Buckeye victory.
The Vikings led 23-12 at halftime and expanded their cushion to 35-21 entering the fourth, when the Lions went scoreless.
Jenna Horsley paced the Vikings with 13 points, Alyssa Horsley tallied 11, and Kennedy Younkin, Aly Williard and Mckenna Kautz added six apiece.
The Vikings (9-3, 6-1) took sole possession of second in the league following Fairfield Union’s (12-1, 7-0) win over Bloom-Carroll (9-2, 5-2) last night. Teays Valley will host a reunion to honor the 50th anniversary of its girls basketball program on Saturday when they entertain Logan Elm for another league game.
New Albany 63,
Teays Valley 60
Teays Valley wrapped up a tough stretch of six road games out of its last seven on Tuesday with a 63-60 non-league setback against New Albany.
The Vikings trailed by as many as eight points in the early going, but managed to shave their deficit to a point going into halftime at 34-33.
Teays Valley came out of the break and took a four-point lead, but New Albany battled back to lead by as many as 12 points during the third quarter before taking a 52-43 lead into the fourth.
The Vikings worked to chip away at the deficit, trailing by four points with 9.8 seconds left. After splitting a pair of free throws to make it a one-possession game, the Vikings missed a three-pointer to try and send the game into overtime.
“We did a good job of matching New Albany’s physicalness and we also did a good job on the defensive glass,” TV coach Brian Barnett said.
Brayden Primmer and Peyton Weiler led a balanced scoring effort for the Vikings with 12 points apiece, Sam Miller tallied 10, Kevin Scott and Jackson Smith tossed in nine each and Cameron Dyas-Rogers chipped in eight.
“Brayden and Kevin gave us some great minutes off the bench, combining for 21 points,” Barnett said. “They have both been growing in confidence every day and you can see the results on the floor during game nights.
“I also can’t say enough about the toughness that Peyton showed, especially when we were on the ropes a little bit early in the first quarter. He took over the game then and had seven of his 12 points.”
The Vikings (5-6) are slated to host their first home game since Dec. 23 on Friday when they entertain Circleville in a Mid-State League Buckeye Division clash.
Miami Trace 56,
Circleville connected on 11 three-pointers on Tuesday, but fell just short of host Miami Trace 56-53 in a non-league contest.
The Tigers led 32-31 at the break and 43-42 entering the fourth quarter.
Trevor Coleman knocked down five triples en-route to a team-high 17 points, all in the first half. Ian Warden followed with 11, and Drew Moats and Parker Kidwell added eight apiece.
The Tigers (3-9) resume MSL-Buckeye play on Friday at Teays Valley.