The high school basketball season tipped off for the boys teams in Madison County last weekend and the teams had mixed results.
Jonathan Alder 50,
The Pioneers (1-0) opened the season with a hard-fought win over neighboring Fairbanks Friday, Dec. 2.
The Koenig brothers led the way offensively for visiting Alder. Sophomore Jacob scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the first half connecting on four three-point baskets in the process and senior Andrew scored 13 to help the Pioneers hold off a feisty bunch of Panthers.
Jackie Santa-Emma scored seven, while Cameron Androw added five in the victory.
West Jefferson 53,
Madison-Plains 52, OT
The Roughriders (1-0) withstood a furious comeback attempt from the host Golden Eagles (0-1) and hung on for a season-opening 53-52 overtime victory over their county rival.
Madison-Plains outscored West Jeff 24-12 in the fourth quarter to force the overtime. But West Jeff executed well enough in the extra frame to secure the victory.
Jared Vermillion led West Jeff with a 21-point effort. He was the only Roughriders player in double figures, but a whole host of others chipped in for the win. Tyler Clark (nine), Lance Lambert (eight), Gabe Casey (seven), Jordan South (six), Scotty Hunter (six) and Shane Gray (five) were part of the balanced scoring attack.
Madison-Plains was paced by the efforts of seniors Cameron Near (21 points) and Anthony Tesi (17). Hunter McConkey added nine and Andy Shunk finished with six.
Jonathan Alder 54,
Marion Harding 34
The Lady Pioneers (3-1) were the epitome of balanced in an easy win over visiting Marion Harding Dec. 1. A total of eight players scored between two and 10 points.
McKenna Huff was the top scorer in the game for Alder with 10 points. Lily Hess (nine), Jillian Jakse (nine), Emily Davis (seven), Aby Jones (six), Peyton Mast (six), Sydney Borquin (five) and McKenzie Bushong (two) also scored in the win.
Worthington Christian 47
The Red Raiders (2-0) sent a loud message to the rest of the Mid-State League Ohio Division with their home win over the visiting Warriors Dec. 1.
Christian is regarded as perhaps the favorite to win the league based on the talent it has coming back from a year ago. But London took care of business by getting a lead early and holding onto it.
London’s effort was team-based as three players reached double figures and two others had at least six. Emily Minner scored a team-high 16 points, Kiana Price and Hannah Coleman each finished with 10, while Kaitlin Patterson (eight) and Malorie Colwell (six).
The team effort off-set the 34 point effort turned in by the Warriors’ Bridgette Rettstatt, the reigning MSL Player of the Year.
The Golden Eagles (0-1) opened their season with a loss Dec. 3.
Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.