Cameron Roughs Up Hundred To Improve to a Perfect 2-0
CAMERON — The season is young and so is the Cameron basketball team, but Thursday night Ccoach Tom Hart saw glimpses of what he hopes his youthful squad will grow into.
The Dragons took control early and rolled to a 76-51 victory over Hundred inside the Cameron Gymnasium.
Four Dragons reached double figures, starting with senior center Dillon Meintel who led the way with 19 points, followed by juniors Noah Neely (17), Zane Clutter (13) and Garrett Scott (10) as they start the season out with a 2-0 record.
“We’re still trying to find our I.D. at this point,” Hart said. “We got a young team and we’re still trying to figure each other out and we’re still working to build chemistry, but we’re starting to gel.
“We played well as a team on Tuesday night at Paden City and it kind of carried over to (Thursday).”
The turning point in the contest came midway through the opening quarter as Cameron reeled off a 29-4 run that turned a 7-6 edge into a 36-10 cushion before the half.
Meintel led the spurt with nine points, while Neely drained a pair of 3-pointers and Clutter added a four-point play to build the momentum.
The Cameron defense also forced 12 turnovers in the first half and 22 in the game.
“We played well on defense, which triggered things for us on the offensive end,” Hart said. “We were trying to emphasize the defensive side of the ball but we shot the ball well, too. It was balanced and I was happy to see that.
“Also, we weren’t selfish. We were looking up the floor for the open man and that’s one of the things I like to see out of this young group.”
Hundred received an outstanding performance from senior Travis McCoy who recorded a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
However, the 6-foot-5 center only amassed four points and one board in the opening stanza.
“We only gave him the ball twice from outside and that doesn’t make sense for a 6-foot-5 guy who knows how to score and rebound,” Hundred coach Virgil Wilkins said. “It was our own fault but this is our first game of the season and we’re hoping things improve. We think that we’ll have a good season.”
Following the Cameron outburst of scoring in the first half, it removed all doubt with a 7-0 run to open the second half as the scoreboard read 51-16.
A fast-paced Cameron offense also made it difficult for the Hornets to stick to their game plan.
“Our major problem was that we didn’t run our offense,” Wilkins said. “We were not patient enough to get good shots. After I scouted them, I knew we could not run with them. We left our game plan and started running the floor with them.
“If we would have controlled the pace of the game, we would have been in the game.
“Cameron has a very nice team, though. They are long and lengthy. They are bigger than we are and they rebound so much better than we do but we will improve.”
Cody Soles also had a strong outing for Hundred with 14 points and Jessop Broughton turned in nine points for the Dragons.
“This is a nice win,” Hart said. “I give Virgil a lot of credit. He has done a wonderful job with the program at Hundred. They keep getting better every year with him at the helm and they are coming along.”
Tyler Consolidated 60
MIDDLEBOURNE — Post Tyler West scored 20 points to lead four players in double digits as Tyler Consolidated edged past Linsly.
Griffin Phillips added 14 for the Silver Knights (2-0) while Mark Rucker scored 12 and Gage Huffman had 10.
Pacing the Cadets (0-1), who welcome Shadyside at 6:30 tonight, was Trevin Tush with 16 points. Marshall Taylor contributed 15 points and five steals while Jon Milton had 10 points, six rebounds and five assists.
East Richland 23, Pksbg. Christian 20
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Josie Stephens led the way with eight points as East Richland Christian beat Parkersburg Chrisitian.
The Lions (2-2) also recived six points from Halle Hastings and five from Joy Berka.
River 72, Linsly 34
HANNIBAL — Lauren Flannery scored 25 points, dished out seven assists, grabbed four rebounds and made seven steals as River best Linsly in girls’ high school basketball action inside the R.L. Potts Gymnasium.
Alli Long and Livi Rose each added 11 points for the Pilots (3-1).
Buckeye Local 73
CONNORVILLE — Emily Holzopfel poured in a game-high 25 points — including a 13-of-13 effort from the free throw line — as Buckeye Local easily took care of winless Edison.
Alaire Destifanes and Audrey Sebring each added 10 points for the Panthers (2-0).
Beallsville 62, Frontier 19
BEALLSVILLE — Ashley Louden scored 21 points as Beallsville swept the regular-season series vs. Frontier.
Ashlie Howell added 14 for the Blue Devils (4-1), while Jayden Gabel had 10.
Caldwell 36, Barnesville 28
CALDWELL–Cloe Siddle scored a game-high 12 points to lead host Caldwell over Barnesville.
The Rocks were led by nine from Annastashia Carpenter.
Martins Ferry 82
Brooke 58, Steubenville 30
Martins Ferry 59
Brooke 54, Steubenville 42
MARTINS FERRY–Martins Ferry swam to wins in both the boys and girls events in a tri-match win over Brooke and Steubenville.
Kylie Huber won both the girls’ 200 (2:23.61) and the 100 (1:03.00), while Jarrett Bolinger paced the boys with wins in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.01) and the 100 butterfly (1:03.36).
ORRVILLE, Ohio — Ohio University Eastern’s men’s basketball team improved its record in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference to a perfect 4-0 with a hard-fought, 99-97 victory over Akron Wayne.
The first half saw both teams take and then surrender leads only to see the Warriors go to the locker room with a 48-44 lead.
OUE was led by Nygel Jones who scorched the nets for 34 points. Jarius Farrow followed with 27 while Austin Coleman had 25. Barnesville product Eric Nicholson contributed 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
The Panthers put their perfect record on the line Saturday at home versus OU Chillicothe.