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Shamrocks Crush Panthers

Photo by Kim North Barnesville’s Rylee Stephens goes up for a shot during Wednesday’s game against Buckeye Local.

CONNORVILLE — The object of basketball is put the ball through the basket. Neither Barnesville nor Buckeye Local did that with any regularity Wednesday night, but the Shamrocks tickled the twine enough.

Despite connecting on just 16 of 62 shots from the field, Barnesville (4-5) rolled past the homestanding Panthers 48-21 in girls’ basketball action.

“We played really well tonight as a team. We stressed it’s all about having fun and you don’t have fun unless you’re playing for a purpose,” Barnesville coach Jason Perkins said. “We need to do a better job of forgetting about the ‘I’ and ‘me’ and playing for the team. I thought we did that. We shared the ball and rebounded well.”

With a pair of starters on the bench for the first quarter due to undisclosed reasons, the Shamrocks led 8-7 and extended the margin to 22-13 at the half.

“I was pleased with the way we played. We had a slow start and missed some shots, but I think we woke up and started playing more like a team and with a purpose,” Perkins said. “We’ve lacked that so far.”

Woke up they did. Rylee Stephens netted seven of her game-best 22 points and Anna Yater controlled the boards as Barnesville outscored Buckeye Local 12-2 in the third stanza to take command.

“Rylee played well. She looked for her teammates,” Perkins said. Stephens knocked down four three-point goals and completed a double-double with 10 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Buckeye Local (1-5) shot an ice-cold 13.5 percent (7 of 52) from the floor and only sank 6 of 23 free throws.

“I have no explanation. I’m lost. We’ve worked on it,” first-year Buckeye Local coach Jeff Stone said of his team’s woeful shooting, both from the floor and at the charity stripe. “We try to keep the girls positive about it, but it’s been that way all season so far. We’ve had one good shooting game. Our foul shooting had been our strong suit until the last two games.

“I was proud with our first-half defense. They are a tall team and we rebounded with them. We played good defense, sure they’re going to make a couple of threes, but we shut down their inside game in the first half. The second half has been our season story.”

Yater finished with a career-high 17 rebounds in just two-plus quarters. She collected her second foul midway through the first quarter and didn’t return until the third. Fourteen of her boards came after the intermission, including eight in the third panel. Halle Markovich had eight points and 11 rebounds as the Shamrocks held a commanding, 62-43, advantage off the glass.

Megan Valuska paced the Panthers with 10 points. Emily Valuska added seven. Landyn Walker grabbed nine rebounds.

Barnesville charted 18 turnovers, three more than Buckeye Local.

Steubenville 50,

River 43

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville outscored River 31-18 in the second half to secure a victory.

Makayla Abram led the way for Big Red with 26 points. Lexi Martin was also solid as she finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists off the bench.

For the Pilots, Kelsey Harlan led with 14 points and four rebounds. Kylie Piatt had seven points, while Hannah Raper contributed six points, three boards and five assists.

Harrison Central 40, Malvern 36

MALVERN — Harrison Central held off Malvern to secure a victory. Britton Positano paced the Huskies with 12 points hitting three 3-pointers in the process.

Poland 43, Indian Creek 36

WINTERSVILLE — Taylor Jones was a beast all game long, finishing with 18 points and 17 rebounds, but Indian Creek fell to Poland.

Shenandoah 59, Beallsville 36

SARAHSVILLE — Kinley Hughes scored 16 points, but Beallsville fell to Shenandoah.

SWIMMING

Dover Sweeps Martins Ferry.

MARTINS FERRY — Dover won 21 of 22 events as it swept Martins Ferry in a dual meet. The Tornadoes win on the girls side 123-40 while the boys won 133-25.

Wyatt Wodarcyk was the lone Purple Rider to win an event. He secured gold in the 200 freestyle as he touched the wall in 2:15.05.

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