VINCENT - The Warren Warriors are beginning to assert their dominance in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League.
The Blaine Maddox-coached squad easily defeated long-time nemesis Chillicothe by a score of 72-46 in Vincent Friday night.
The Warriors, now 7-1, jumped out to a 17-9 lead in the first quarter, and would lead 37-19 at the half.
Photo courtesy of Robin Pannell
Warren’s Evan French, right, plays pressure defense against a Chillicothe ball hander during SEOAL boys’ basketball action in Vincent Friday night. The Warriors won 72-46.
On a team that has featured several stars this season, this was Dylan Leffingwell's night to shine. The senior football standout scored a team-high 18 points and was a force in the paint all game long. Sophomore Michael Hall and junior Evan French each chipped in with 14 points apiece, while junior Reece Patton contributed 10 markers.
Overall, the Warriors shot a smoldering 29-for-51 from the floor for a percentage of 57. They committed just 10 turnovers in the contest while grabbing 20 rebounds, 10 from Hall.
It was a nice answer for Warren, who was coming of its first loss of the season less than a week earlier to Upper Arlington.
Warren 72, Chillicothe 46
Chillicothe 9 10 18 9 - 46
Warren 17 20 18 17 - 72
Eddie Wells 1 0-0 3, Tommy Bolte 2 0-1 5, Carl Harris 0 3-4 3, Nate Rosenbauer 2 1-2 5, Tim Beard 2 0-1 4, Zach Johnson 9 6-6 26. TOTALS 16 10-14 46. 3pt goals: Wells 1, Bolte 1, Johnson 2
Dylan Leffingwell 8 2-4 18, Evan Yabs 1 1-2 3, Adam Lang 2 0-0 4, Blake Kidder 0 2-2 2, Danny Pannell 1 0-0 3, Michael Hall 7 0-1 14, Evan French 5 2-3 14, Marshall Church 1 0-0 2, Andrew Drayer 1 0-0 2, Reece Patton 5 0-2 10. TOTALS 31 7-14 72. 3pt goals: Pannell 1, French 2
Shooting: 29-51; Turnovers: 10; Rebounds 20 (Hall 10)
JV: Warren 51, Chillicothe 46
Warren (7-0): Kidder 25
Chillicothe: Harris 14
Next game: Warren at Belpre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday
The Warriors are back in action today at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Belpre to take on the Golden Eagles in a non-conference matchup.
Warren also won the junior varsity matchup by a score of 51-46. The JV team, led by Blake Kidder's 25 points, is now 7-0 on the season.
Monroe Central 88, Caldwell 65
WOODSFIELD - The Monroe Central Seminoles picked up another Pioneer Valley Conference win by a score of 88-65 over the Caldwell Redskins Friday night.
Monroe Central was led by Korey Lafferre's 23 points and Cameron Jorris' 20 points. Brian Duffy contributed 10 points, while Josh Guiler and Levi Brown each chipped in with nine points apiece. Kordell Antill added eight markers.
The Redskins were led by Jonathon Wiechman's 22 points. Justin Figel and Tanner Baker each pitched in with 12 points apiece.
Wirt County, 73
ELIZABETH, W.Va. -Parkersburg Catholic misfired on 11 of its 25 free throw opportunities in the game, but it hit the ones that counted down the stretch during the Crusaders' 77-73 win over host Wirt County Friday night.
The Tigers' Kalob Bell scored a game-high 24 points and teammate Austin McVey chipped in 16, but it was not enough as Parkersburg Catholic placed four players in double figures in upping its seasonal mark to 7-1 with a home game against Doddridge County slated for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Trailing by 11, 66-55, with 4:22 remaining in the game, the Tigers went on a 7-0 run to pull to within four, 66-62, with three minutes left to be played. Bell got things rolling with a short jumper in the lane and followed that with his third triple of the game to make the score 66-60 with 3:44 showing on the clock.
After an offensive foul whistled on the Crusaders' Brady Kurucz took away a deuce from the visitors, Wirt's Jeremy Kirby made it a four-point game when he put back a missed jumper by Mark Cunningham.
Kurucz, who finished with 17 points for the Crusaders, hit a layin off of a Payton Sturm feed and then made good on a pair of free throws to push the margin back to eight, 70-62. But, the Tigers were far from finished.
An exchange of buckets kept the deficit at eight before five straight points from McVey-a triple and a pair of free throws-pulled the hosts to within three, 72-69, with 38 seconds left in the game.
The margin dropped to two, 73-71, after PC's Sturm made good on 1-of-2 from the line and Wirt's McVey connected for both of his shots from the charity stripe.
But, that would be as close as the Tigers would get as a pair of free throws by Jake Ullman and Jake Boice's 2-of-4 from the line were more than enough to offset J.T. Smith's rebound bucket.
Leading the Columbia blue and white to its seventh win of the season was Joe Padden with 22 points. Ullman chipped in with 20 and Sturm finished with an impressive double-double (11 points, 10 assists).
Wirt County, now 2-6 overall, returns to LKC South Division play on Tuesday with South Harrison pays a visit.