MG boys get two conference wins
By ROB HAMILTON
Mount Gilead claimed a pair of league victories to improve to 7–2 on the season.
On Saturday, Dec. 22, the Indians rode a big second quarter to a 61–45 win over Cardington.
The host Pirates only trailed 11–9 after the opening eight minutes, but were outscored 20–7 to fall behind by 15 entering the half.
While both teams played evenly in the second half, with the Indians outscoring Cardington 30–29 during that span, Mount Gilead was able keep their advantage and gain the win.
The Indians had balanced scoring, with Xavier Harris leading the way with 14 points, Ethan Harris adding 11, Logan Chapman scoring 10 and Payton Vanderkooi picking up nine.
Tyler Howell paced Cardington with 11 points, while Tyler Dornon added 10.
On Thursday, Dec. 20, Mount Gilead edged previously unbeated River Valley at home by a 57–52 margin.
The Vikings jumped out to a 16–12 lead after the first quarter, but Mount Gilead took the second period by a 16–4 margin to move in front by a 28–20 score.
River Valley cut their deficit in half (39–35) by the end of the third, but Mount Gilead rebounded in the fourth to wind up winning by five.
Ethan Harris scored 21 points to lead the Indians, while Vanderkooi added 19 and Xavier Harris finished with 12.
Highland picked up their first win of the season on Thursday, Dec. 20 when they hosted Ridgedale.
The Scots, in winning 55–48, outscored their opponents in three of the four quarters. Highland led 8–4 after the first period and 21–15 at halftime.
Both teams scored 14 in the third quarter, but the Scots took a 20–19 edge on their opponents in the final period to finish the game in front.
Jett Swetland’s 19 points paced the Scots, while Curtis Belcher finished with 13.
Highland wouldn’t be able to make it two wins in a row two days later, though, as host North Union jumped out to a fast start that carried them to a 75–24 win.
The Wildcats led 21–4 after the first quarter and boosted their advantage to a 48–11 margin by the intermission. They then went on to outscore Highland 19–7 in the third period and 8–6 in the fourth to cement their win.
Swetland’s nine points led Highland.
Northmor could not overcome an early deficit on Thursday, Nov. 20, when they traveled to Buckeye Valley.
The Barons jumped out to a 19–8 lead after eight minutes of play and then outscored the Knights 15–11 in the second quarter and 18–11 in the third on their way to taking a 66–45 win.
While Northmor took the fourth period by a 15–14 margin, they would not be able to catch the Barons.
Zach Wiseman led the Knights with 19 points, while Garrett Karcher tallied 11.
The Knights lost 59–39 to Pleasant on Saturday, Nov. 22. No further information was available.
Cardington lost 70–42 to North Union on Thursday, Dec. 20.
The game was close throughout the first half, but the Wildcats dominated the second-half action to get the win.
The Pirates led 15–14 after eight minutes of play, but North Union battled back to take a 30–29 lead by halftime.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, in the second half, North Union outscored them 40–13.
Cole Hess tallied 10 points to lead Cardington.