Linsly Beats Park in OT

Wheeling Park’s Keondre’ King during the Patriots’ game against Linsly on Tuesday night.

WHEELING — Working overtime proved profitable for the Linsly Cadets on Tuesday night.

Coach James Wallace’s elongated quint used a putback bucket in the final minute by Warren Saunders, forging a 46-46 deadlock and an extra session with Wheeling Park at The Palace on the Hill.

In overtime, Linsly’s multi-talented 6-foot-4 senior Dylan Harrison took matters into his own hands in leading the Cadets to a spirited 56-53 triumph, spoiling the Patriots’ home opener.

“Anytime you beat a program the caliber of Wheeling Park it is a very big win. They have won state titles and we have a great deal of respect for them,” Wallace said. “We had several alums follow us into the locker room after the game because they were so excited. It was just a great high school basketball game. It is one of those games that you hate to see either team lose.”

The silky-smooth Harrison tallied six of Linsly’s 10 overtime points, including two free throws with 12 seconds remaining to give the visitors a three-point cushion. Park failed to connect on a hurried 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

The win was the fourth in five starts for Linsly. The Cadets are idle until Jan. 4 when they host St. John Central.

Michael Jebbia’s Patriots dropped to 1-2. They will travel to Preston on Friday night.

“It was a very good high school game. A couple of little things here or there could have made a difference,” Jebbia said. “Linsly had a good game plan. They did a nice job of changing defenses and they are tough to defend.

“Their size proved a problem for us. We are a guard-oriented team. We got up 46-38 and had a couple of bad possessions. If we could have bumped it up to a 10-point lead things may have turned out differently.”

Harrison was exceptional, tossing in 18 points while grabbing 12 rebounds. Sweet-shooting Jacob “Butter” Murray was superb with 17 counters, including five 3-pointers. Saunders did a lot of the dirty work, netting nine points and collaring 11 boards.

Park senior standout Rhett Schodzinski topped all scorers with 20 points to go with six rebounds. He had four 3-pointers. Tenacious senior guard Maezi Mosby added nine points and tons of grittiness. Savvy sophomore point guard Jack Stakem and classmate Keondre’ King evenly divided 14 points.

The contest was tight throughout.

Park led 13-12 after one quarter and maintained a one-point edge at halftime, 22-21. Stakem buried a 3-pointer at the third-quarter horn, lifting the hosts to a 37-36 advantage entering the final quarter.

A Schodzinski 3-pointer propelled the Patriots to a 46-38 lead with 4:10 to play. Murray countered with a quick 3-pointer.

Park initiated its delay game. After failing to convert the front end-of a one-and-one, Murray connected on another 3-pointer with 1:36 to bring the Cadets to within two.

After a Park turnover, a Linsly misfire was corralled by Saunders and put back in, knotting it at 46-46 with 50 seconds to play. Park worked it down for a final shot in regulation to no avail.

“Warren does a lot of things for this team. He never quits working. That putback was obviously huge,” Wallace said. “Dylan is just ice. Nothing fazes him.

“We got contributions from everyone. Butter’s shooting was also a big key. We now get a nice break to spend some time with our families and enjoy Christmas. Give Park credit. They never quit. They get after you and Michael (Jebbia) is a great coach.”

Parkersburg South 93

John Marshall 57

PARKERSBURG — Gunner Thompson dropped in 21 points and Logan Grimm scored 17 but it wasn’t enough as John Marshall was routed by Parkersburg South.

Carrollton 61, Brooke 60

WELLSBURG — A last-second heave at the buzzer sunk Brooke in a loss to Carrollton.

Chris Yachini paced the Bruins with 18 points, followed by Justin Pennybacker with 11 points and Evan Cuomo with 11.

Tyler Consolidated 55

Ritchie County 46

ELLENBORO — Jace Reed scored a game-high 25 points as Tyler Consolidated topped Ritchie County.

Quintin Richmond added 14 points for the Silver Knights (2-3).

Paden City 76, Hundred 35

HUNDRED — Aaron Heasley scored 29 points and Hayden Hizer added 20 points — both combining for 17-19 at the line — as Paden City evened its record with a rout of Hundred.

Matt Saxon added 18 points for the Wildcats (2-2).

Danny Stewart paced the Hornets (1-3) with 17 points, followed by Devon Kimble with 12.

Martins Ferry 60

Harrison Central 32

MARTINS FERRY — Darius Ray dropped in 17 points and McCabe Masters scored 14 as Martins Ferry rolled to a big first-half lead and cruised past rival Harrison Central.

Caden Arbaugh paced the Huskies with 13 points.

St. Clairsville 74, Union Local 58

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Michael Scarnecchia paced five double-digit scores with 24 points as St. Clairsville knocked off Union Local.

Matt Greenwood chipped in with 13 points, followed by Logan Williams (11), Justin Heatherington (11) and Matt Busby (10).

Ty Kildow paced the Jets with 19 points. Cal Kildow added 13 poitns.

Buckeye Local 52

Beaver Local 38

CONNORVILLE — Buckeye Local (3-3) reached the .500 mark as Sean Millard scored a game-best 22 points, which included four 3-pointers. Drake Novak added 14 and Matthew Carducci finished with 10.

Caldwell 63, Monroe Central 51

CALDWELL — Dalton Ivey paced Caldwell with 17 points, while Brody Farkas added 14 as the Redskins defeated Monroe Central.

Trey Duffy had 29 points for for Redskins (1-6) and Zac Jones added 13

River 69, Bridgeport 38

HANNIBAL — River exploded for a 27-7 lead after one and cruised past Bridgeport.

The Pilots were sparked by Isaac Curtis, who hit seven 3-pointers in the first half. He finished with 26 points. Junior Lukas Isaly had 10.

Bridgeport was led by Guy Pagano’s 14.

Bellaire 94, Barnesville 60

BELLAIRE — Chase Yoho drained a trio of 3-pointers and went 10-11 from the charity stripe to finish with 33 points in the Bellaire win over Barnesville.

The Big Reds also got 29 points from Justyn Keyster and 15 from Tyson Camsky.

Barnesville was led by Luke Powell who poured in 24 points with Aaron Marovich recording 10.

Wheeling Central 77

Shadyside 55

SHADYSIDE — Brent Price drained 11 buckets for 27 points to lead Wheeling Central to a road win at Shadyside.

John Burkhalter turned in 15 points and Gabe Rohman added 13 in the victory.

Chase Wade paced the Tigers with 23 points and Austin Carr supplied 17.

Madonna 61, Weir 48

WEIRTON — Four Blue Dons reached double figures as Madonna went on the road and edged Weir.

Tavon Jeter paced Madonna with 17 points, while Joey Ewusiak provided 14 and Justin Canei and Chase DiBartolomeo each tallied 10.

Weir’s Nick Krutilla finished with 14, while Levi Mikula and Matt Anderson each scored 11.

Indian Creek 64, Edison 53

WINTERSVILLE — Greg Wade paced Indian Creek with 20 points in a home victory over visiting Edison.

Austin Freshwater chipped in with 18 points and Austin Judson added 10 for Creek.

Edison was led by Joey Nave who garnered 22.

Steubenville Central 56

Toronto 52

TORONTO — Donnie Vendeborne recorded 16 points and five rebounds as Steubenville Central edged host Toronto.

A.J. Conner and Jake Bolger each bucketed 14 and Austin Fowkes added 10 in the win.

Zach Gulczynski was the game’s leading scorer with 22 for Toronto, while teammate Nate Karaffa added 14.

GIRLS

Ritchie County 53

Tyler Consolidated 41

MIDDLEBOURNE — JoLee Walton led the way with 15 points for Tyler Consolidated, but the Silver Knights scored one point in the first quarter and were never able to recover in a loss to Ritchie County.

Amanda Reynolds added 10 for the Silver Knights.

Hundred 30, East Richland 26

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Madeline Goff scored 17 of Hundred’s 30 points as the Hornets collected their first win of the season at OUE over East Richland.

Goff drained five field goals, all five of them from behind the 3-point line.

COMMENTS