The boys basketball teams of Highland County are back on the court Tuesday night with three teams from Highland County on the road and two hosting games for their respective conferences.

Every Highland County teams has at least one victory this season, and though the five teams went a combined 1-5 overall this past Friday and Saturday, there is still a lot of basketball to be played over the next couple months. That includes tonight, when McClain and Fairfield are hosting home games, while Hillsboro, Lynchburg-Clay and Whiteoak are all on the road.

Even with the recent losses, there are still two teams in Highland County boys basketball with winning records in Fairfield (5-1) and Hillsboro (4-3), and right behind them is Lynchburg-Clay (2-2). Whiteoak (1-4) and McClain (1-4) each have one win this season.

Before we get into all of the games for Tuesday night, on Monday both the Lynchburg-Clay Lady Mustangs and Whiteoak Lady Wildcats were in action in SHAC play. LC won their road game over West Union by a 63-23 score, and Whiteoak lost at home to Fayetteville, 67-27.

That said, even with the Lady ‘Cats still looking for their first win of the season, the effort is there and their first quarter on Monday was their best eight-minute quarter of the entire season. WHS head coach Steve Smith said the following after the game:

“We played well, and we shot the ball better,” Whiteoak head coach Steve Smith said. “They played well, but we were outsized, and it is hard to rebound against them (Fayetteville). We don’t have a very deep roster, and we wore down. I was thrilled with how we played. We played harder and didn’t make nearly as many mistakes … This is the best we’ve played this year, and hopefully we keep getting better.”

Rebuilding a program with a young team is not an easy task, but Monday the Lady ‘Cats kept battling and showed improvement at times during their SHAC game, and that’s all anyone can ask for.

As Tuesday has arrived, here is a look at the games for today.

(Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017)

Boys Basketball

- Hillsboro at Chillicothe: This Frontier Athletic Conference matchup has the Indians traveling to the first-place team in the conference this evening, and it isn’t an easy task to play at CHS. The Indians have suffered three straight losses, with two being FAC games. In their most recent game, HHS lost to visiting Miami Trace this past Friday night by a 62-53 score. Over the weekend, CHS defeated McClain (56-43) and lost to Upper Arlington (61-33).

- McClain vs. Washington: The McClain Tigers played their last game without their leading scorer Dalton Mischal, and it made a difference. They have since added Garrison Banks to their roster, which helped make a difference with his 14-point effort, and Devin Carter led the team with 15 points in their loss to Chillicothe. MHS is still looking for their first FAC win, and Washington too is seeking their first FAC win of the season entering Tuesday’s game at McClain Gym.

- Lynchburg-Clay at Eastern Brown: The LC Mustangs are back on the road for a second straight game in SHAC play as they are set to face the Eastern Brown Warriors. This Div. I SHAC game has importance already early in this season with both LC and Eastern having two conference losses entering this game. Both teams are 1-2 in the SHAC and are chasing Ripley, who is 3-0, in Div. I of the conference. LC last played Friday night, where they defeated Manchester, 64-37, and on the same night, Eastern lost to West Union, 68-52.

- Fairfield vs. North Adams: Possibly the most exciting game of the night in the SHAC, it is going to be very exciting to see Fairfield and North Adams play against each other at Grandle Gymnasium Tuesday evening. The Lions are 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the SHAC after having their first loss of the season this past Friday to Fayetteville. This season, the Lions have shown they belong in the SHAC talk for top teams, but it will be interesting to see them back on the court following their game against Fayetteville. As for North Adams, they are 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the SHAC and over the weekend defeated Portsmouth Clay (53-37) and lost to Ripley (46-41).

- Whiteoak at Fayetteville: Whiteoak played twice over this past weekend and played Peebles tough but just lost by a 42-38 score. The following night, for three frames the Wildcats were in the game against Glenwood, but a tough fourth frame left them with a 68-54 loss. After watching WHS on Saturday night, their program is headed in the right direction, but patience is the key as they have been competitive this season and shown improvement. Fayetteville enters this game coming off a big win over Fairfield last Friday night. They have good size in the paint and played very well in their win over the Lions. Fayetteville is just one game back of first place in the SHAC standings.