Bishop Donahue Bishops Down Cameron Dragons, 74-66
McMECHEN — You can normally expect high emotions and enthusiasm along with plenty of hard-play and determination when Marshall County small-school rivals Bishop Donahue and Cameron get together on the court.
Wednesday night was no different as the two schools battled through a physical and very emotional contest before the Bishops finally pulled away in the fourth quarter.
All-Stater Taylor Straughn poured in a game-high 33 points while while Logan Ruckh came off the bench to score eight huge fourth quarter points as Bishop Donahue overcame foul trouble and a late ejection to turn back Cameron by a 74-66 in front of a large, loud crowd on Tommy “Dino” Smith Court.
The victory is the third in a row for Coach Tom Wise’s Bishops, who dropped their opener to Steubenville Central. Donahue will get the opportunity to avenge that defeat Friday night when it travels to Jefferson County for the rematch with the Crusaders.
“We got two big wins down in Charleston over the weekend and come home and get a nice victory over a big Cameron team (Wednesday),” Wise said. “Now we go back on the road to Steubenville Central Friday.”
Last night’s first quarter turned into a battle between Straughn and Cameron’s (2-3) Colby Brown. Straughn scored 12 of his points in the frame, including three charity tosses in the final seconds while Brown had 11 of his 16. The Dragons led 20-18 after one.
Things remained close in the second chapter with the teams heading to the locker room knotted at 36-36. With senior Koltin Kleeh coming to life and scoring seven of his 15, Donahue was able to grab as much as a six-point lead in the third and led 50-44 with eight minutes to play.
Leading by seven, Ruckh dropped in a very-long triple at the 4:29 mark of the fourth to push the lead to 10, the biggest of the game to that point. However, Cameron used pressure to pick up three straight steals and cut the margin to 59-55 with 2:37 to go.
Another Ruckh bonus-bomb pushed the lead back to seven and the Bishops, who finished 29-of-37 from the stripe in the contest, were 12-of-14 from the line in the fourth to nail it down. Trey Routt, who had team highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Dragons, kept the game respectable with a pair of late three-point goals of his own.
“We shot the ball better than the last time we were here and I think it was a great overall team effort against a team that had some size mismatches on us,” Wise said. “They are a big team and it is tough to keep them from throwing the ball inside.
“I felt like the fouls went against us a little in the first half, but they evened out in the second half and we took advantage of our trips to the line. Those were also two very big threes from Logan (Ruckh) off the bench.
“It was a heated game, but we hung in there. We did have to use some different combination of players that we aren’t used to due to foul problems. I was happy that we held our own on the glass against a bigger team, especially in the fourth quarter when it really matters.”
Trey Miller also hit double-figures with 11 for the Bishops while Hunter Aston, who Wise admitted to “not knowing who he even was”, scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half and Robert Milliken tallied nine.
Cameron had a slim 31-30 edge off the glass but turned the ball over 19 times, four more than Bishop Donahue.
“Our kids can battle, and they are not afraid to go out there and play,” Coach Tom Hart said of his Dragons. “They are all heart and soul. But I am interested in seeing the game films, because I know we had a lot of unforced turnovers.
“Donahue was sitting back in a 2-3 zone and we were making poor decisions passing the ball and not knowing when to go to the hoop and turning the ball over. We also missed a lot of chance by not taking a peek inside.
“We spent too much time dribbling and passing the ball east and west when we need to look north and south a whole lot more. Bishop Donahue is a very good basketball team with one of the best players in the state in Taylor (Straughn). But we can be very good also, we just need to find ourselves.
“My kids fought hard the whole way and I love them all from the seniors down to the freshmen, but you just can’t force you own turnovers and be successful, especially against a team like Bishop Donahue.”
Cameron returns to action Friday night when Bridgeport pays a visit into the hills of Marshall County.
West Greene 75, Hundred 25
WAYNESBURG, Pa. — West Greene held Hundred to two points in the first quarter en route to a victory. Danny Stewart led the Hornets with 17 points.
Bridgeport 69, Toronto 40
BRIDGEPORT — Kamden Dulesky stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, 17 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots as Bridgeport defeated Toronto. Deja Massey also secured a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Bulldogs.
Gina Fogle paced the Red Knights with 12 points.
Beaver Local 97, Brooke 94, Indian Creek 16, Crestview 12
WELLSBURG — The Beaver Local girls swim team captured a victory in a quad meet as it won five events on the night. Hannah
Myers won three races in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 IM and 200 Freestyle Relay.
Myers swam to a 2:39.44 finish in the 200 IM while helping Olivia Prince, Laurel Meredith and Liz Uram swim to victories in the 200 medley relay (2:13.27) and 200 freestyle relay (1:59.48). Sammi Voorhees secured a first place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:21.93) while Alexa Schwerha won the 100 breaststroke in 1:23.58.
The Brooke swim team gathered four victories as Mary Ossman won the 200 freestyle (2:18.94). Bethany Harlan won the 100 freestyle in 1:07.59 and Leah Caparros got gold in the 100 backstroke (1:10.88). The relay team of Victoria Pelchuck, Cammie Hill. Riley Giles and Shelby Ferrell got a win in the 400 freestyle relay.
Beaver Local 108, Brooke 62, Indian Creek 18, Crestview 12
WELLSBURG — The Beaver Local boys team also tallied a victory as it captured seven first place finishes. Damon Chafins and Drew McCoy both tallied four victories. Both were on the 200 medley relay along with Josh Littleton and Corey Snow (1:55.72), 200 freestyle (Snow and Zak Kestener, 1:47.06) and 400 freestyle relay (Littleton and Lucas Voorhees, 4:02.69). Chafins won an individual event in the 100 butterfly (1:03.26) while McCoy won the 100 freestyle (58.09).
Snow was also posted a win in the 50 freestyle (25.66).
For Brooke, Noah Horvath won two races in the 200 IM (2:23.28) and 100 backstroke (1:05.34).