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Prep roundup: Trinity, UHS boys claim OVAC hoops titles

Created on:   Sat, Feb 17, 2018   9:29 PM

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — Sophomore point guard Kaden Metheny scored 17 of his
26 points in the fourth quarter as the No. 2 University boys’ basketball team knocked off No. 1 Parkersburg South on Feb. 17, 60-45, to claim the 5A Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC) title, at Ohio University Eastern.

It didn’t start out so well for either team, with the Hawks in foul trouble and the Patriots struggling to hit shots.

“We wanted to shorten the game because our kids were in foul trouble,” UHS head coach Joe Schmidle said. “No one could get into any kind of rhythm in the third quarter, so I brought my kids over and gave them all a hug, told them this isn’t us and to just go play hard, play fast and just have fun.”

As a team, the Hawks outscored the Patriots, 26-10, in the final frame. When Metheny started to knock down his shots, Schmidle knew what to do.

“He hit a couple shots in the fourth and had that look in his eyes, so I called every play from there to him,” Schmidle said. “He got in that zone and they didn’t have an answer for him.”

Austin Forbes had 15 points including important 3-pointers in the second half, and Ethan Ridgeway added 10 points UHS’s effort. Metheny had four assists and three steals to go with his 26 points.

UHS (19-1) got payback on PSHS, which was its only loss on the season. The Patriots beat the Hawks on Jan. 24 in a game opposite of what happened Saturday: UHS fell apart late in the game.

“It’s definitely a confidence builder, they just started playing the way they like to play started to look like themselves,” Schmidle said.

The Hawks have two games remaining in the regular season, both at home. They will face Brooke at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and end with Preston, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

TRINITY 52, CAMERON 40: ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — After a slow start in the first half, the Warriors switched to a press defense that made a big difference in the second half and helped Trinity win the 1A OVAC title.

“Offensively, we were sluggish in the first half,” head coach John Fowkes said. “Our guards couldn’t hit anything, but we got into the press and our defense was just phenomenal.”

Fowkes credited Kellen Alderman’s play off the bench defensively. Fowkes also got on Daniel Woods at halftime and he came out and scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half. Woods was named MVP of the game.

Joel Robertson also finished in double-figures, with 11 points.

The Warriors (15-5) will host Tucker County at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21.


CLAY-BATTELLE 57, TYGARTS VALLEY 38: BLACKSVILLE — Haley Barr was “on fire” in the second half of the opening round in the Class A sectionals. She finished with a game-high 26 points for the Cee-Bees including six 3-pointers.

Rylee Burnette scored 13 points with three
3-pointers coming in the second quarter.

C-B (15-7) will face the winner of Feb. 19’s Trinity and South Harrison game at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the next round of the sectional tournament.


Morgantown 58, Martinsburg 40: Johnner McConnell had 19 point for the Mohigans, while Ben Long (17) and Luke Bechtel (16) also scored in double-figures. MHS finished its season at 12-1.


South 8s 59, Mountaineer 38: Alec Poland had 19 points to lead the Stallions, while Brooks Gage added 18. Noah Braham had 16 points to lead the Mounties. The boys’ middle school championship games will be Monday, at University High. Suncrest versus South, seventh grade, will be held at 5:45 p.m., while Suncrest versus South, eighth grade, will be held immediately after.


The South Harrison at Trinity sectionals game was postponed until 5 p.m. Monday because of winter weather.