Prep hoops roundup: Warren defeats New Lex

NEW LEXINGTON – Warren’s boys exploded for a 23-5 first quarter lead against New Lexington Wednesday and held on to win 60-48.

Evan French scored 28 points to leads the Warriors. Over the past four games, French has scored 28, 27, 33 and 37 for an average of 31.25 points per game.

Michael Hall added 18. No other Warriors players scored more than four against the Panthers, as French and Hall have accounted for 94 of Warren’s 126 points the last two nights.

Nick Saxton led New Lex with 17 markers while Luke Barnett added 12.

The Warriors led by 18 going into the second quarter but the Panthers cut it down to an 8-point game, 28-20, at halftime. Warren outscored New Lex 32-28 in the second half to hold on for the victory.

Warren, which improved to 17-3, closes out the regular season Friday at Logan.

Warren girls 55, Zane Trace 37

LOGAN – The Warren girls picked up a victory in the opening round of sectional play, defeating Zane Trace 55-37 Wednesday night at Logan High School.

Warren trailed 10-4 early but was able to comeback and win big.

No other game details were available at press time.

The Lady Warriors next tournament game will be Saturday when they take on top-seeded Athens for a sectional title at Logan. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

Frontier 69, Malvern 61 OT

URICHSVILLE -It took a late rally and an overtime period, but Frontier was able to get by Malvern with a 69-61 win in the first round of the sectional tournament Wednesday at Claymont High School.

The Lady Cougars trailed 16-11 after the first quarter but rallied to take a 26-24 lead at halftime. The Lady Hornets used a 22-14 run in the third period to go on top 46-40 with eight minutes remaining, but Frontier was able to tie it up at 57-all by the end of regulation.

Then, in overtime, the Cougars took over, outscoring Malvern 12-4 to clinch the victory.

Frontier was led by Kelsea Daugherty’s 24 points. Corisa Fickiesen added 15. Daugherty also notched 11 rebounds while Jenna Maston and Lexy Brookover each had five assists.

Malvern’s Sara Loomis tallied a game-high 28 points while teammate Hunter Martin chipped in with 14.

The Lady Cougars improved to 17-4 this season and will be at Caldwell Saturday at 2 p.m. for their next contest. Frontier’s next tournament game will be a rematch against Bridgeport a week from today at Claymont.

Frontier handed Bridgeport its first lost of the season Saturday in the OVAC 2A Championship game.

Morgan 69, East Liverpool 47

DRESDEN – The 15th seeded Morgan Lady Raider basketball team won their first postseason game in 10 years with a convincing 69-47 victory over 12th seeded East Liverpool in the Division II Sectional at Tri-Valley High School.

Senior Vada Clemens scored 10 first-quarter points as Morgan bolted out to a 20-6 advantage after one quarter.

The closest the Potters (9-11) got the rest of the way was nine (27-18) after one of seven three pointers by Nikaya Edgell.

Clemens led Morgan with 21 points, four assists and four steals. Arissa Nelson added 13 points and seven rebounds. Braydee Smith and Laura Davis both netted nine points in the balanced Morgan attack.

The Lady Raiders shot 47 percent from the field (22 of 47) and 85 percent at the line (17 of 20.)

Morgan had only eight turnovers while forcing 23 East Liverpool mistakes.

Edgell finished with 23 points for the Potters.

The win was Morgan’s first sectional victory since beating Meadowbrook 51-48 in 2004.

The Lady Raiders (8-13) will return to Tri-Valley on Saturday night to play 13th seeded Claymont at 8 pm.