River City Classic tips off Friday at BanJo

Local teams slated for games Saturday as well

Warren’s Kate Liston, left, guards Marietta’s Torrance Nonnenmacher during a high school girls basketball game earlier this season at Sutton Gymnasium. Warren and Marietta both will be in action this weekend in the Peoples Bank River City Classic at Ban Johnson Arena. Courtesy photo

If you’re looking to cap off 2017 by watching plenty of high school basketball, Ban Johnson Arena on Friday and Saturday is the place for you.

The BanJo will play host to the Peoples Bank River City Classic, which is scheduled to feature several local boys and girls hoops team.

The two-day event kicks off at 2:45 p.m. Friday with the final game played at 8 p.m. Saturday. As part of the event, there also will be two junior varsity games played at Marietta High School.

The first game Friday will be between the Wood County Christian boys and Meigs at 2:45. Shortly after a 3, the Marietta and Williamstown girls JV teams tip off.

The second varsity game of the day pits the Meigs varsity girls against Shaw at 4:30. At MHS, the Belpre and Marietta boys JV teams play at 5.

The final two games on Friday feature the Wood County Christian girls against Meadowbrook at 6:15 and the Marietta and Belpre boys at 8.

There are a whopping seven games on the slate or Saturday, with five of the games featuring at least one local team.

Beginning the action will be the Wood County Christian boys again, taking on Frontier at 9:30 a.m.

Led by Luke Spencer, Sam Cremeans and company, the Wildcats look to upend a Brent West, Toby Minder and the Cougar.

That will be followed by the Marietta girls taking on Meigs at at 11:15

The Lady Tigers (2-7) are coming off a 62-44 loss to Alexander Wednesday. They were led by Morgan Altenburger’s 19 points and Hannah Kroft’s 11 points and seven rebounds..

At 1 p.m., Maysville takes on Linsly, and at 2:45, Logan plays Huntington Prep-Blue. Both are boys games.

Area teams are back in action starting at 4:30, when the Tigers boys return to the BanJo to take on Meigs.

Marietta (3-6) fell to Meadowbrook 69-49 Wednesday night, with Derek Duckworth (11 points) leading the way in scoring. The Tigers are hoping for a pair of wins this weekend to get back on track.

Then it’s Warren’s time to shine as the boys and girls will play a doubleheader against New Philadelphia. The Lady Warriors, off to an 8-1 start led by seniors Kate Liston, Emily Jackson and Peyton Bowe, tip off at 6:15.

The Warren boys, fresh off a 56-46 win over Morgan, take on the Quakers in the final contest at 8. Josh Huffman is avering close to a double-double for the Warriors, while Jared Hall and Noah Nichols have been nice complements.