Knights Get Past Devils
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Wheeling Central and St. Clairsville were tied at 27-27 at halftime of their boys’ basketball game Friday night and Maroon Knights head coach Mel Stephens was pleased. The veteran coach had good reason as two of his standout players — Brent Price and John Burkhalter — sat beside him for most of the first half with foul troubles.
Overcoming that obstacle, the deep Maroon Knights — playing with a full cast of starters — took control in the second half as they built a 10-point margin late in the third quarter, but they had to hold off a frenzied rally by the Red Devils in claiming a 60-58 victory on John Jenkins Court.
“We had a couple of key free throws there at the end that if we make them it gives us some separation from them and stretches the game out some more, but we didn’t and let them get to within two,” Stephens said.
“Then we missed another free throw and gave them a chance to tie, but we battled and that’s a key.”
He was referring to the front end of bonus situations 12.7 and 2.7 seconds remaining that could’ve extended the margin.
Matt Greenwood’s bonus bomb from the left wing pulled St. Clairsville to within 58-57 and the hosts called timeout with 14.7 showing. After a missed free throw, Greenwood rebounded the ball, but the Red Devils were guilty of a turnover in the backcourt.
Bray Price, who netted 13 points in a reserve role, knocked down both ends of a 1-and-1 with seven ticks left as Stephens called for time.
The Red Devils inbounded the ball to Logan Williams who was fouled as he crossed midcourt. The senior hit the first shot, but the second was off the mark as Burkhalter came away with the loose ball. He was subsequently fouled, and missed to give the hosts one last chance. After a timeout with 2.7 left, they failed to get off a shot.
“We gave a winning effort,” said St. Clairsville assistant coach Ryan Clifford, talking for his father, Kim, who had a family emergency. “On a lot of nights that would be a win. We’re only playing six guys and they ran out about nine. No one complains and no one asks to come out. They just give a good effort all the time.
“A couple of mistakes down the stretch cost us, but I can’t fault the effort.”
Trailing by 10 late in the third, Michael Scarnecchia sparked an 11-2 St. Clairsville run with eight points, including back-to-back triples, that made it 45-41 after three frames.
“Give them a lot of credit,” Stephens said of the Red Devils. “We knew coming in that the Scarnecchia kid was their (go-to) guy and we told the kids they had to know where he was at all times around the perimeter. We got that 10-point lead and he came down and got wide-open looks on two consecutive three’s and cut it from 10 to four real quick.”
A 6-0 spurt to start the fourth quarter gave the visitors some breathing room, but the Red Devils would not go away as they got to within one of a couple of times, but no closer.
“We were behind a little and our guys off of the bench made some plays for us that got it tied,” Stephens said. “I felt good then. We can go deep, but when you lose two starters with the capability of those two there’s going to be a little bit of a drop-off. We have to work on keeping those guys in the game a little bit more.”
Senior Trey Mueller scored half of his team-high 14 points in the third quarter for the Maroon Knights. Burkhalter, who didn’t play half of the first quarter and none of the second, finished with nine markers, with six coming in the crucial final stanza. Brent Price had a team-best five rebounds.
Scarnecchia paced St. C. with 18 lightings. Justin Heatherington checked in with 17 and Greenwood nine. Scarnecchia completed his double-double with 10 rebounds. Greenwood collared nine.
St. Clairsville was charted with 19 turnovers, 11 more than Wheeling Central (7-1).
Buckeye Local 75, Barnesville 58
BARNESVILLE — Buckeye Local controlled the glass with 37 rebounds, while Barnesville (3-5) only collected 17 boards as the Panthers topped the hosting Shamrocks.
Sean Millard paced Buckeye Local with 23 points, followed by Matthew Carducci who supplied 20 points and 13 rebounds to earn a double-double and Michael McCain added 12 points.
Kaelan Hannahs and Luke Powell each turned in 23 points for the Shamrocks.
Shadyside 60, Bellaire 58
BELLAIRE — Shadyside held off a fierce Bellaire fourth-quarter comeback to secure a two-point road victory.
Shadyside was led by Chase Wade who delivered 21 points, while Josh Zandron finished with 15 and Austin Carroll drained four 3-pointers to tally 12 points in the win.
Bellaire’s rally was led by Chase Yoho who accumulated 30 points and Justyn Keyser added 16 points.
St. Marys 68, Tyler Consolidated 61
ST. MARYS — Sam Kinkade hit seven 3-pointers on his way to 26 points to lead St. Marys to a home victory over visting Tyler Consolidated.
Will Milleter collected a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds and Braden Barnhart added 17 points.
Dylan Roberts paced Tyler with 21 points, Tyler Anderson followed with 14 points, while Quintin Richmond turned in a double-double with 11 points and 13 boards.
Steubenville 78, Steubenville Catholic 50
STEUBENVILLE — Jack Marx and Davon Smith each gathered a trio of treys and finished with 13 points apiece to lead Steubenville past visiting Steubenville Catholic.
Shyoun Petteway added 11 points for Big Red.
Steubenville Central was led by Jake Bolger who garnered 14 points and Nate Kilonsky who added 10.
Toronto 76, Edison 53
RICHMOND — Nate Karaffa led the way for Toronto with 19 points in a road win at Edison.
Nolan Clegg provided 14 points, Lucas Gulczynski finished with 11 and Ty West added 10.
Edison was led by Joey Nave with 14 and Conner Hyndman with 12.
Bridgeport 65, Monroe Central 56
WOODSFIELD — Guy Pagano (28 points) and Duncan Pagano (14 points) teamed up to lead Bridgeport past host Monroe Central.
Monroe Central was led by Robert Bigler who tallied 13 points, while Trey Duffy and Ryan LaFollette each netted 12 points and Zac Jones added 11.
Martins Ferry 38, Bridgeport 35
BRIDGEPORT — The Purple Riders held on to defeat host Bridgeport by a narrow three-point margin.
Sydney Bridges led Ferry with 14 points, while Marissa Beal tallied 14 points for Bridgeport.