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Red Devil Boys Earn 1,000th Victory in Program History

CAMBRIDGE – It seemed like St. Clairsville had been waiting on win number 1,000 in program history for weeks, if not months.

The way Wednesday night’s game inside the Gene Ford Gymnasium at Cambridge High School started, it looked like the Red Devils were going to continue to play the waiting game, too.

Instead, after finding themselves down by 11 at halftime, head coach Ryan Clifford and his squad had a “heart to heart” conversation inside their locker room.

It clearly worked because St. Clairsville played maybe its best half of basketball to date in blitzing the Bobcats to a tune of 53-20 in the second half for an 81-57 victory.

St. Clairsville will formally celebrate its 1,000th victory at its next home game, which is scheduled for Feb. 2 against Wheeling Central.

All told, St. Clairsville opened the third quarter with a 14-0 run. Many of those points came from senior center Avery Henry, who scored early and often en route to a game-high 25 points.

Henry’s scoring was just one of the way he’s impacted the game. He also collected 13 rebounds and blocked five shots.

Cambridge was led by Levin Polasky. He came off the bench to score 19.

Shadyside 63, Shenandoah 46

SHADYSIDE — The Tigers picked up their second win in as many nights Wednesday when they easily rolled past invading Shenandoah, 63-46.

The Tigers were led by sophomore Ben Wach, who had 17 points and five bonus goals as well as senior Bryce Amos who also poured in 17. Senior Korey Beckett added 14.

Mason Stottsberry scored 16 to pace the Zeps.

Cameron 68, Bridgeport 35

BRIDGEPORT — The Dragons recorded their second lop-sided win in as many days over the Bulldogs. The latest came inside the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium.

Cameron was led by Colson Wichterman. He went for 22, while Cole Burkett added 13.

The Bulldogs were led by Colin Jackson’s 12.

Tyler Consolidated 61, Clay-Battelle 45

SISTERSVILLE — Tyler took control of the game in the second half to win a back-and-forth contest against CB.

Caleb Strode led the charge with a game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds, supported by Connor Bailey, who charted 17 points, four steals and seven assists. Strode also made four triples while Bailey poured in three.

Carson Chriver led the CeeBees with 19 points and sank a trio of 3-pointers.

Newcomerstown 55, Beallsville 36

BEALLSVILLE — The Trojans lengthy trip was worth it as they led wire-to-wire en route to a convincing win.

The Blue Devils were led by Logan Taylor’s 10.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Cameron 66, Clay-Battelle 34

CAMERON — Ashlynn Vantassell put up 19 points and a dozen rebounds to lead the Dragons to victory at home.

Lili Neely helped with 18 points and a pair of 3-pointers. Kenzie Clutter and Emilee Dobbs both chipped in eight points and Dobbs added five assists.

Liv Ammons led CB with 18 points.

Martins Ferry 60, Harrison Central 33

MARTINS FERRY — The sudden red hot Purple Riders turned a tight game at halftime into a rout thanks to a third quarter in which they outscored the Huskies, 21-2.

All told, the Purple Riders were led by senior Allarah Jones, who had 15. Freshman Lindsey Best went for 13.

The Huskies were led by senior McKayla Dunkle’s nine.

Bellaire 56, Shadyside 47

BELLAIRE — The Big Reds pulled away from the Tigers for a repeat victory on Wednesday.

The Big Reds received a solid performance from sophomore Alli Ault, freshman Eliana Mason and freshman Rhyan O’Grady. Each had 12.

The Tigers were paced by Rylee Fulton’s 23. She hit seven bonus goals in the game.

Marietta 58, River 53

HANNIBAL — The Pilots fell for the second time this season to the Tigers.

River was led by Hannah Raper’s 13. Kelsey Harlan and Rylee Knight each went for 10.

Marietta’s Jacey McKnight dialed in eight triples en route to a game-high 24 points.

COLLEGE

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Wheeling 62, West Virginia Wesleyan 58

BUCKHANNON — It was a defensive battle as the Wheeling Men’s Basketball team (6-13, 5-8) battled West Virginia Wesleyan. After scoring just 23 points in the first half, Wheeling rallied back with 39 second half points to pull off a 62-58 victory. Wheeling sealed the game from the free throw line in the final minute of the game as they completed the come back.

Jordan Reid led the way on offense with 22 point on the night, and tired for the team lead with seven rebounds. He was one of two Cardinals to finish in double figures, as Jay Gentry finished with 14 points.

West Liberty 90, Davis & Elkins 63

ELKINS — The No. 8-ranked West Liberty men’s basketball team shot over 50 percent from the floor and drained 14 3-point field goals in running away to a 90-63 win against Davis & Elkins at the McDonnell Center.

Pat Robinson and Bryce Butler led Coach Ben Howlett’s Hilltoppers (17-2, 11-2) with 17 points each while second-year freshman guard Zach Rasile ripped the nets with a WLU season-high 5 3-point bombs as West Liberty notched its 15th double-digit victory of the season.

Davis & Elkins got a game-high 27 points from Sam Rolle IV. Ben Gilliam added 13 in a losing cause.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

West Liberty 87, Davis & Elkins 54

ELKINS, W.Va. – Audrey Tingle notched her third triple-double of the season and the West Liberty University women’s basketball team breezed to an 87-54 win against Davis & Elkins Wednesday night at the McDonnell Center.

The 5-6 Tingle tossed in 11 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out 10 assists in leading the Hilltoppers (14-5, 9-4) to their fifth straight win.

Corinne Thomas checked in with a double-double of her own, netting 11 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Arriana Manzay just missed with 16 points and 9 boards while Karly McCutcheon also finished with 16 points.

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