Roundup: Talented Tornadoes take down Tigers, 70-51
Marietta had no answer for standout Dover guard T.C. Molk, who poured in a game-high 30 points in the Tornadoes’ 70-51 victory over the Tigers Friday at Sutton Gym.
Molk had eight first-quarter points to help Dover (10-1) build an early 13-5 lead. A.J. Graham answered with a 3 for Marietta, but Daniel Pfeiffer made a basket at the buzzer to make it 15-8 after one.
Ayden Hall, who added 17 points for Dover, scored four straight to open the second. Graham responded with a 3, but Hall had another basket to make it 21-10. Tyler Kytta went on a 6-0 run to get Marietta within five, but the Tornadoes closed the quarter on an 8-2 run to make it 31-20 at halftime.
Dover stretched the lead to 19 in the third on back-to-back baskets by Mikey Beal, but Alex Kendall knocked down a 3 and Aiden Harris made a pair of buckets to keep Marietta in striking distance, 51-39, going into the fourth.
Graham opened the final period with his fifth 3 of the game to get the Tigers within single digits, but Dover went on an 11-3 run to put it out of reach at 62-45.
The Tigers, who dropped to 4-9, were led by Graham’s 17 points. Kytta added 15. Marietta’s game Saturday against Gallia Academy has been postponed, so its next contest will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Frontier.
South Gallia 59, Belpre 48
CROWN CITY — Short-handed Belpre got 17 points from Tucker Liston and a baker’s dozen by Jacob Smeeks, but it wasn’t quite enough here Friday evening as host South Gallia picked up a 59-48 triumph.
Brayden Hammond led all scorers with 22 points for the Rebels, who also received 10 points apiece by Noah Creamans and Tristan Saber.
The 4-9 Golden Eagles, who play Tuesday at Nelsonville York, also got eight markers from Jake Alkire and six from Blake Church.
Williamstown 73, Wirt 36
WILLIAMSTOWN — Alex Irvin tallied a game-high 21 points to lead host Williamstown past Wirt County 73-36 Friday night.
Payton Bunch hit five 3-pointers and added 18 points for the Yellowjackets (8-2) while Parker Schramm chipped in 13. Jayden Bryant grabbed 10 rebounds for Williamstown, which visits Huntington St. Joe at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Wirt was paced by Connor Hoover and DeShawn Middleton, who netted 11 points apiece.
St. Marys 66, Ravenswood 62
ST. MARYS, W.Va. — Here Friday night in a Class AA Little Kanawha Conference West Division showdown of ranked programs, No. 2 St. Marys led 17-8 after one and improved to 9-0 after holding off No. 5 Ravenswood, 66-62.
The contest featured 57 combined free-throw attempts with Ravenswood (8-2) going 21 of 31 and the host Blue Devils converting 21 of 26.
Grant Barnhart poured in 32 points to lead the Blue Devils, who also received 14 points from Luke Powell and eight by Brandon Lawhon. Barnhart also had seven caroms, three steals and a trio of assists. Powell pulled down six boards and swatted a game-high three shots.
Ravenswood was paced in scoring by Ashton Miller’s 19 points. Matthew Carte had 15 points and Beau Bennett nine. Miller double-doubled thanks to his game-high 10 rebounds.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday. Tyler Consolidated invades Ravenswood while the Blue Devils travel to Wirt County.
Tyler Consolidated 94,Parkersburg Catholic 39
KIDWELL, W.Va. — Host Tyler Consolidated and James Monroe will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday for the championship game of the Boggs Roundball Classic.
On Friday night, the Mavericks rolled past Valley (Wetzel), 92-41, while the Silver Knights pushed Parkersburg Catholic into the 3 p.m. consolation game by securing a 94-39 triumph.
TCHS, which improved to 6-3, led 18-10 after one but used took complete control by halftime with a 46-17 edge.
Caleb Strode went off for game-highs of 26 points and 10 rebounds for the Silver Knights, who also got 11 points apiece from Haygen Baker and Brody Seckman. Zade Billings, Brayden Tallman and Garon Broughman contributed seven markers apiece in the victory.
Parkersburg Catholic (0-9) was led in point-production by Charley Sumney with 17. Gavin Dawson added eight points and Hayden Hunter had seven for the Crusaders.