HS hoops roundup: Leith’s triple-double helps Vikings skate past Tartans 83-55
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Jack Leith’s triple-double, and near quadruple-double, led Symmes Valley (7-13 overall, 6-6 Southern Ohio Conference) to an 83-55 victory over Sciotoville East Saturday night in boys high school basketball.
Leith scored 18 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, issued 10 assists and blocked seven shots. His brother Luke Leith scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Josh Ferguson and Drew Scherer each scored 15.
“The guys did a really good job playing team defense in the first quarter,” Vikings coach Chad Coffman said. “I thought that really set the tone for the game. We got some great minutes from our bench and really moved the ball well on offense. This group had a great deal of adversity early in the season. I’m proud of their hard work and toughness. We called these last six games our fourth quarter of the season. I’m proud of them for winning five of six.”
Both teams return to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Symmes Valley at home vs. Eastern-Pike, the Tartans at home vs. Portsmouth Clay.
RITCHIE COUNTY 63, BUFFALO 60: Joey James led a balanced attack with 16 points as the Rebels eked out a win during the Hometown Invitational Tournament Division 1 ninth-place game in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Graden McKinney added 14 points and Adam Davis 10 for Ritchie (7-12).
Buffalo (6-11) was led by Alec Hanshaw’s 11 points and 18 rebounds, as well as by Noah Thompson’s 23 points. Nathan Gibson scored 12.
GALLIA ACADEMY 65, POINT PLEASANT 28: Blaine Carter scored 13 and Bailey Walker 11 led a balanced effort for the visiting Blue Devils (12-7). Hunter Bush scored eight points to pace the Big Blacks (4-13).
RACELAND 66, MENIFEE COUNTY 61: Kirk Pence scored 19 and led the Rams (12-11) over the Wildcats (9-17).
GREENBRIER WEST 85, TOLSIA 49: Kaiden Pack scored 19 to lead five Cavaliers (15-4) in double figures in a triumph over the Rebels (11-6). Riley O’Dell scored 15, Noah Midkiff 14, Cody Lewis 13 and Chase Hagy 11. Tolsia was led by Jacob Mollette’s 15 points. Jesse Muncy chipped in 14.
LYNCHBURG-CLAY 61, FAIRLAND 49: Peyton Scott, a Miami (Ohio) University signee, scored 30 for the Mustangs (19-3) in a victory over the Dragons (17-5) at the Carl York Center in Rome Township, Ohio.
Zoe Fittro scored 22 for Lynchburg-Clay, which jumped to a 22-9 lead. Harlie Lyons led Fairland with 19 points. Allie Marshall scored 11.
The third-seeded Dragons begin post-season play at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday vs. 15th seed Zane Trace at Jackson High School.
LYNCHBURG-CLAY 22 10 7 22 - 61: Fittro 22, Smith 9, Scott 30.
FAIRLAND 9 12 10 18 - 49: Lyons 19, A. Marshall 11, King 4, Warnock 9, Thompson 9, Stone 2.
RIPLEY 40, HURRICANE 31: Taylor Kennedy scored 13 to lead the Vikings by the Redskins.
Tessa Ray chipped in 11 points for Ripley. Brooke Lucas and Maddie Pifer led Hurricane with 10 points each.