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Boys' Basketball: John Marshall Raises Money for Fallen Big Red Freshman

February 4, 2012
By FRED YOUNCE , Steubenville Herald Star

STEUBENVILLE - Before tipoff of Friday's boys' basketball game between Steubenville and John Marshall at the Crimson Center, there was a moment of silence to honor the passing of Big Red freshman Lee West, who died in a house fire on Tuesday.

The Big Red Boosters collected money for West's family before the game and the visiting Monarchs did their part to chip in.

''If I say anything I want to thank the team and the faculty from John Marshall,'' Big Red coach Mike Haney said. ''They donated $1,100 to Lee West's family and that's unbelievable.

''We're competitive and everything, but when something happens it's nice to see teams unite and do things for one another.''

Added John Marshall coach Bill Storm: ''That's what the Ohio Valley does. I'm really proud of the students of John Marshall High School. It seems like the news only finds negative things, but I wish they'd report about the good things. We had two of our starters go around and collect over $300 between two class periods today (Friday).

''That's the kind of kids we have at John Marshall.''

After the tip, Big Red honored their friend and family member by putting together a complete team effort that saw 12 different players score en route to a 73-40 victory against the Monarchs.

Big Red started fast, jumping out to a 17-9 lead after the first quarter. Periogn West, Lee West's cousin, knocked down a jumper for the game's first two points and Big Red looked to be cruising early with six different kids scoring in the opening stanza.

''I mean it's just unbelievable for young kids, with as much as has gone on, that they came out in the Weirton game right after what happened Tuesday and then coming out (Friday), with all the different emotions they're going through, to come out with that kind of intensity was unbelievable,'' Haney said.

John Marshall did not lay down though, chipping away at the Steubenville lead until, with 3:25 left, the Monarchs pulled within two at 21-19.

''I'm just glad we came back from the first run,'' Storm said. ''When you're 4-10 and things start falling apart you can quit, but these kids regrouped and came back.

''We cut it to 21-19, but our lack of ability to handle the ball continues to kill us.''

Steubenville never gave up the lead, ending the half on an 11-4 run and taking a 32-23 lead into halftime. Periogn West led his squad in the first half, scoring all nine of his points.

The momentum continued to swing toward Big Red to start the second half, opening the third quarter on a 10-0 run to increase the lead to 42-23. Steubenville pushed a lead as high as 21 points, at 49-28, before eventually holding a 51-34 edge after three quarters.

Things went from bad to worse from there for the Monarchs as Steubenville had its most dominant quarter of the game in the fourth, outscoring John Marshall 22-6 in the game's final 81 minutes to cruise.

Malik Richmond and John Linn were the main catalysts offensively for Big Red in the second half. Richmond scoring 12 of his game-high 15 points and Linn scoring 10 of his 12 in the final two quarters. William Houst joined Periogn West with nine points for the game.

John Marshall big man Justin Wade was the only Monarch in double-digits with 12, though due to Big Red's defensive pressure on the ball, he went stretches without seeing touches on the offensive end.

''I think there were a lot of turnovers before they could get it down to him,'' Haney said. ''I know in the first game he scored 28 on us. I know he had some points (Friday), but what we tried to do was pressure them because he's a nice, wide body and you can't play on one side of him because the other side is open for layups. He's a good player.

''We said he can score, but to not let the other guys score because it kills you when they get two or three guys scoring double-digits."

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