The Jonathan Alder boys basketball team erupted for 30 points in the second half of its non-conference tilt with Hilliard Darby Tuesday and came away with a hard-fought 42-36 win.
The Pioneers (8-5) scored just 12 points in the first half against the Panthers, but good defense kept them in the game until the offense could get going.
Alder was led by senior Andrew Koenig, who finished with a game-high 16 points. The squad also got nine-point efforts from both Cameron Androw and Jacob Koenig.
Alder’s second half surge was aided by its ability to defend, a Pioneers staple.
Newark Catholic 53,
Shekinah Christian 47
The Flames (5-8) were unable to pull out the win Monday, Jan. 16, falling on the road.
Newark Catholic (4-6) beat Shekinah by relying on its ability to make shots from inside the three-point line. NC made 19 two-point field goals compared to just eight for the Flames.
Shekinah connected on seven three-pointers, five more than than the Green Wave.
Tucker Beachy scored 11 for Shekinah, while Chris Conte and Joel Headings had eight apiece. Austin Lynn chipped in seven in the defeat.
West Jefferson 50,
The Roughriders (7-6) held on to a home win over the visiting Panthers Tuesday.
The Golden Eagles took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter (40-30) but couldn’t hold the advantage as they fell 49-48 at home Tuesday.
Jeffrey Wittman scored a team-high 14 points in the loss. Anthony Tesi added nine, while Hunter McConkey chipped in seven.
Jonathan Alder 62,
Hilliard Darby 61
The Lady Pioneers (8-7) made their free throws down the stretch and pulled out a solid home win over a good Division I team Tuesday.
Sydney Bourquin scored a season-high 21 points, while Abby Jones and Mckenna Huff scored 12 points apiece.
Jillian Jakse (eight) and Lily Hess (seven) both had strong nights offensively.
West Jefferson 42,
Columbus Academy 24
The Lady Roughriders (8-4, 5-3) barely broke a sweat in downing the host Vikings Tuesday evening.
West Jefferson led 16-4 after the first quarter and cruised to the MSL Ohio Division victory.
Sidney Gaus scored 14 points in the win and Sidney Looby added 10. Olivia Charles chipped eight points of her own.
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