The West Jefferson High School boys basketball team picked up a confidence-building 64-40 Mid-State League Ohio Division victory over rival London Friday, Jan. 6.
The Roughriders (6-4, 1-3 MSL Ohio) were dominant in knocking off their neighbors from London (0-9, 0-3).
West Jefferson shot the ball well from the floor as a total of 10 players scored in the win, three of them in double figures.
Lance Lambert scored 15 points, Jared Vermillion finished with 12 and Scotty Hunter went for 11. Shane Gray just missed the mark coming away with nine points.
London failed to have a single scorer in double digits. Jake Andrich finished with nine, while Stuart Weyrich and Grant Brooks had eight points apiece.
Jonathan Alder 46,
River Valley 26
The Pioneers (7-4, 3-2) won their fourth game in a row with a 46-26 triumph over visiting River Valley Saturday, Jan. 7.
Alder held the visitors to single-digit scoring in all four quarters.
Cameron Androw (14), Andrew Koenig (13) and Jacob Koenig (10) all scored in double figures for the Pioneers. The win came following wins over West Jefferson, Springfield Shawnee and Galion.
Shekinah Christian 72,
Horizon Science 71
The Flames (5-5) got an offensive put back from Austin Lynn with just :07 remaining to propel Shekinah past visiting Horizon Science Friday, Jan. 6.
Shekinah got an emotional effort from John Michael Hershberger who finished with a triple double (11 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds), stepping up and playing big after his brother Ben Hershberger went down with an injury.
Austin Lynn finished with a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Chris Conte added 10 points despite picking up four fouls in the first half. Joel Headings added nine points. In total, 8 players scored for Shekinah.
The game was a total team effort, one coach Keith Lambert said he won’t soon forget.
“I’m not a coach who has been around for 40 years, but this was by far the most team-oriented win I’ve ever been a part of,” Lambert said. “It had nothing to do with coaching and everything to do with how hard our guys played. After seeing one of our key players, Ben Hershberger, go down with what looked like a season-ending knee injury, it would have been easy for our guys to fold.
“Every one of the guys stepped up and played beyond their roles. The way our guys responded shows the character and mental toughness that the team has developed throughout the course of the season.”
In the game the two teams went back and forth, but the fact that his team was willing to work and find a way to win speaks volumes of how much the Flames have grown up this season.
“I sure wouldn’t mind a nice relaxing game once in awhile,” the coach said. “Seven of our 10 games have been tied or within a point during the fourth quarter. After dropping some tough ones earlier in the season, it is great for the guys to be rewarded with a few going our way.”
The Golden Eagles continued to improve as they picked up a Ohio Heritage Conference victory Friday evening, Jan. 6.
London places 4th at Kevin Cleveland
The Red Raiders placed fourth at the Kevin Cleveland Memorial Tournament hosted by Dublin Scioto Saturday, Jan. 7.
Westerville North won the event with a commanding score of 257.5. Marysville was next with 182.5, followed by Olentangy (149), London (148.5), Dublin Scioto (146.5), Pickerington Central (118.5) and Bellefontaine (96).
London had one champion wrestler and a pair of championship runner-ups.
Colton Winters won the title at 182-pounds, defeating a competitor from Westerville North 3-2 in the championship final.
Cameron Stout (145) and Darian Huff (126) both reached the championships at their respective weights before losing .
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