Weir Wins City Championship
WEIRTON — Weir came out with some hot shooting, got Madonna into a fast-paced game and converted that formula into a second straight city championship, winning 64-48 on Friday night inside the Carl Hamill Fieldhouse.
The Red Riders (8-3) had little trouble, as Madonna opened the game attempting to slow the pace both on offense and with a 1-3-1 defense. The Red Riders led by 17-12 after the first eight minutes.
However, Madonna went on an 8-1 run to open the second quarter. When senior Gavin Dietrich made a run-out layup off a long pass from classmate Christian Ridgeway, the Blue Dons knotted the game at 20-20.
Then, after a Weir timeout, it was the Red Riders’ turn to make a run. They outscored the Blue Dons, 15-4, the remainder of the first half to take a 35-24 lead into the locker room at the break. This time Madonna couldn’t answer, and Weir took a 48-28 lead into the final quarter.
“The big thing we put up on the board in the locker room was to maintain our poise,” veteran Red Riders coach Mike Granato said. “We thought they would put up a run early on because we’re playing with a lot of emotion in this city championship game.
“I thought it was a great crowd that brought a lot of energy to both teams. The bottom line, though, was we wore them down in the second half.”
Granato had nine players in the scoring column, with senior Luca Haught leading the way with 13 points. Junior Elijah Gillette followed with 12.
“It was their runs. They like to play fast,” said Blue Don coach Chris Blair, whose club slipped to 3-7. “We talked about being aware of their runs before the game and try to stop it as quick as you can, but we didn’t do it.
“We stopped their first run and made a run of our own, but they came back and made some shots. They shot very well and played very well. We made a couple runs at them, but we weren’t able to close the gap. When we were making our runs, we made a turnover, missed a shot or got a foul call. We can’t have those things against good teams. We mixed it up defensively and slowed them down a little, but we struggled on the offensive end.”
The Red Riders held a big advantage in rebounding by hauling down 33 off the glass to 20 for the Blue Dons.
Dietrich led the Blue Dons with 13 points, along with four rebounds and two steals. Junior Evan Boniti tossed in eight points, as did sophomore Lucky Pulice, who returned to the Blue Dons lineup after missing several games with a sprained ankle.
Cameron 67, Bridgeport 55
CAMERON — Dillon Meintel exploded for 33 points — 16 in the fourth quarter — to lead Cameron past Bridgeport. He also grabbed 11 rebounds to secure a double-double.
Travis Mickey added 17 points for the Dragons.
Trevonn Ray paced the Bulldogs with 21 points while John Stark18 points.
Morgantown 81, John Marshall 25
MORGANTOWN — Sean Fitzpatrick had eight points, but John Marshall fell to Morgantown.
River 51, Frontier 21
BEAVERTON — River tied a season-high with 13 3-point field goals in a victory over Frontier.
John Murphy knocked down six of those bonus bombs en route to a game-high 20 points.
Martins Ferry 73
Harrison Central 60
CADIZ — DeAndre Pugh paced Martins Ferry with 28 points en route to a victory over Harrison Central.
Donvan Shrodes had 13 points for the Purple Riders while Logan Smith netted 10.
For the Huskies, Kobe Mitchell tallied 22 points while Evan Stine had 11.
Monroe Central 69, Bellaire 49
WOODSFIELD — Zac Jones poured in 26 points and freshman Malachi Rose-Burton had 12 as Monroe Central downed Bellaire.
Luke Burkhart added 11 points for the Seminoles (5-7)
David Zwack paced Bellaire with 19 points, while Cole Runyan had 13.
Beallsville 62, Hundred 47
BEALLSVILLE — Adam Baker scored 21 points and Wyatt Brown had 20 as Beallsville surged early in besting Hundred.
Dakota Phillips added 11 points for the Blue Devils.
Travis McCoy scored 13 points for the Hornets, while Logan Norris had 11.
Ripley 74, Brooke 47
RIPLEY — Alex Lilly tallied 14 points for Brooke, but it fell to Ripley.
Logan Williams had 12 points for the Bruins.
St. Clairsville 63, Union Local 61
MORRISTOWN — Three St. Clairsville players scored in double figures as it edged Union Local.
Craig Bober scored 22 points to pace the Red Devils while Matt Busby had17 and Justin Heatherington tallied 11.
For the Jets, Cal Kildow had a game-high 25 points while Elijah Baker had 13.
Toronto 79, United 58
TORONTO — Nate Karaffa had 20 points, Lucas Gulczynski netted 16 and Nick Sninchak had 11 as Toronto defeated United.
Edison 56, Indian Creek 53
RICHMOND — Isaac Schmitz paced Edison with 19 points as it secured a victory over Indian Creek.
Anthony Sinicropi and Zac Easter both scored 10 points for the Wildcats.
For the Redskins, Derrick Eakle and Austin Judson had 13 points while Michael Allan netted 12.
Buckeye Trail 75, Barnesville 73
LORE CITY — Luke Powell secured 33 points, but Barnesville was defeated by Buckeye Trail.
Tate Dowler scored 15 points for the Shamrocks.
Paden City 46, St. Marys 28
PADEN CITY — Abbe Stackpole netted 14 points while Paige Leonard tallied 10 as Paden City defeated St. Marys.
John Marshall 64, Brooke 16
Huntington 32, John Marshall 31
MOUNDSVILLE — John Marshall defeated Brooke and fell to Huntington in a tri-match.
Gabe Carman (113), Ethan Gray (120), Bradlee Clark (220) and Brady Williams (285) all won both of their matches for the Monarchs.