Pirates pull off huge upset, Lady Knights rolling along

Pirates pull off huge upset, Lady Knights rolling along

Pirates shock Tusky Valley in upset win

The Garaway Pirates boys basketball team picked up its first win of the season against two defeats, delivering a 60-46 loss to the Ridgewood Generals on Dec. 10.

The Pirates took down formerly undefeated Ridgewood (4-1) on the strength of Alexander Roden’s huge night. The junior rang up 25 points to pace the Pirates, getting double-digit help from Drew Mullet with 12 and Brady Roden with 11. The Generals were led by Dalton Patterson’s 21.

What really got Pirates fans passionate was their Dec. 14 showdown with previously undefeated Tusky Valley. Garaway traveled to TV to square off with a Trojans team that has looked sensational in the early going.

That didn’t stop the Pirates, who rolled to a come-from-behind 47-43 victory. The Trojans took a 12-5 lead through one quarter and held a 27-19 half-time edge. The Pirates began chipping away and drew to within three at 35-32 heading into the final eight minutes of play. That was where the Pirates took over, overtaking Tusky Valley for the win.

Logan Yoder poured in 16 points to lead the Pirates while Jarrett Wallick added eight. The Trojans were led by Connar Newsome’s 18, with Kolten Kohler adding 11. Garaway improved to 2-2 and 2-1 in IVC South play while the Trojans fell to 5-1 and 1-1.

Hawks defense dazzles in 46-34 win over Mustangs

While Hiland’s offensive output wasn’t good, its defense proved to be more than up to the challenge in taking down Claymont 46-34 on Dec. 10.

Hiland held the Mustangs to totals of five, nine and four in quarters one, two and four and rode a strong second period to victory. Leading 9-5 through one quarter, Sammy Detweiler scored five points, and Dylan Weaver caught fire and scored seven points to spot the Hawks to a 25-14 half-time lead.

After the two teams barely scored in the third, with each team totaling four points, Hiland was able to pull away with Tony Yoder and Weaver both notching five points in the final period. Detweiler and Weaver each scored a dozen points to pace the Hawks while Grant Miller and Yoder scored seven and six, respectively. The Mustangs got 11 points from Connor Lynch.

Lady Knights get a comeback win over Tygers

When it came down to crunch time, the West Holmes Lady Knights were all about performing under pressure in squeaking out a 41-37 win over an improving Mansfield Senior team. After falling behind by as many as seven points in the third period, WHHS rallied to draw to within four at the end of three, then saved their best for last, outscoring the Tygers 15-7 over the final eight minutes.

The three-headed monster at guard continued to showcase its quickness, forcing Senior into numerous turnovers in the final frame, where the Tygers went a long stretch without even getting off a shot. Kinsey Patterson, Allie McMillen and Keegan Uhl make up that ferocious defensive trio, and their defense helped West Homes seal the deal.

Patterson led the Lady Knights with 14, Allie McMillen scored six and dished out four assists, Melanie Fair recorded five points and five boards, Uhl added five points, Ella McMillen hauled down seven rebounds and added four points, and Zaylee Schultz added three points.

The Garaway Pirates wrestling team dropped a pair of duals on Dec. 8, the deciding factor being several Garaway forfeits at various weight classes, spotting Loudonville 18 forfeit points and Northwestern 24. When the wrestlers did hit the mat, they performed well, with Garaway winning eight of the 12 head-to-head matches during the evening. Six of those victories were won by fall. Going 2-0 on the night were Kyle Miller, Jesse Johnson and Blake Nussbaum, with the latter finishing the evening with two pins.

Earlier the Pirates tied Coshocton 36-all. Winning matches by pin for the Pirates were Matthew Vogel, Miller, Hunter Csonka, Jonathan Domer, Caleb Stocksdale and Clayton Downs.

Seventh-grade Pirates get to 3-4

The seventh-grade Pirates earned a 42-23 win at Buckeye Trail. AJ Miller led the Pirates with 13 points, Henry Swartzentruber added 12 and Wyatt Reifenschneider had nine. The Pirates fell to Sandy Valley 26-32, with Miller leading the Pirates in scoring with 13 points and Swartzentruber adding nine.

It took a monumental comeback, but the Pirates seventh-graders defeated Claymont 43-39 to move to 3-4. Trailing by eight in the fourth quarter, Garaway came back to send the game into overtime, where it outscored the Mustangs 8-4. All seven Pirates who played scored, and it was Swartzentruber leading the way with 11 points.