FRIDAY, Feb. 14
BOYS BASKETBALL
Tigers fall in FAC finale to Chillicothe

The McClain Tigers hosted the Chillicothe Cavaliers Friday night to wrap up the Frontier Athletic Conference season, falling by a score of 84-47.

The visiting Cavs (10-0,18-4) led 22-8 at the end of the first frame, followed by a 25-12 second quarter for a 47-20 Tigers deficit at halftime. In the third quarter, CHS outscored the host McClain squad, 21-12, and in the fourth it was CHS scoring 16 points and McClain with 15 points.

Bryson Badgley led the Tigers with 15 points, followed by Preston Saunders and Braden Wright with 13 points each. Rounding out the MHS scoring was Camden Closson with five points and Wesley Potts with one point.

The loss ends McClain’s FAC season with a record of 3-7 in conference games.




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FRIDAY, Feb. 14
BOYS BASKETBALL
Lions unable to fend off Eastern Warriors

In a Southern Hills Athletic Conference game played at Grandle Gymnasium on Friday night, the Fairfield Lions were defeated by the Eastern Warriors, 64-40.

The SHAC game saw the visiting Warriors lead by a 17-9 score at the end of the first quarter, and following a 15-9 frame in favor of the first-place Warriors, it was Fairfield trailing by a 32-18 score at halftime.

In the final two quarters, Eastern outscored Fairfield 16-7 in the third and 16-15 in the fourth and final quarter.

Eastern was led on the court in scoring by Ryan Boone and Luke Garrett with 13 points each, while Colton Vaughn scored 12 points and Titus Burns scored 11 points for the Warriors.

Eastern totaled 20 two-point field goals, four 3-pointers and were 12-of-15 from the free-throw line.

As for the home team Fairfield Lions, they were led by Wyatt Willey with 18 points as the senior made three two-point baskets and four 3-pointers as he sank one in each of the four quarters played.

Connor Priest was next in the scoring column for the Lions with eight points, and Bryson Simmons totaled five points.

Rounding out the scoring for FHS were Tucker Watson and James Bentley with each scoring four points in the home finale, plus Tytis Cannon with one point.

Fairfield finished the game with 12 two-point baskets, four 3-pointers and they were 4-of-5 from the free-throw line.


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FRIDAY, Feb. 14
BOYS BASKETBALL
Wildcats lose close game to visiting Dragons

The Whiteoak Wildcats nearly earned an SHAC win on Friday night but came up short against the visiting West Union Dragons by a 55-53 score at WHS.

The game saw the Wildcats score 19 points in the first half with 11 points in the first quarter and eight points in the second frame. West Union countered with 22 points in the first half with 15 points in the first quarter of action and seven points in the second.

The first-half scoring left the Dragons ahead at 22-19.

The second half saw a third frame where Whiteoak outscored the visitors, 15-14, and both teams each added 19 points to their total in the fourth and final frame played.

West Union was led by Zane Kingsolver with 22 points, followed by Cameron Campbell with 15 points and Brycen Staten with 11 points.

Whiteoak’s leading scorer for the game was Josh Hughes with 14 points (seven two-point baskets), and next was Landon Barnett with 12 points (six two-point baskets).

The rest of the Wildcat scoring came from Nick Bailey with eight points, Bradley Ashbaugh with seven points, Carson Emery with five points, Brayden Yeager with four points and Gavin Temple with three points.

For the game, the Wildcats finished with 22 two-point baskets, two 3-pointers (Ashbaugh 1, Emery 1), and they were 3-of-4 from the free-throw line.

West Union totaled 18 two-point buckets, five 3-pointers and they were 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.



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SATURDAY, Feb. 15
BOYS BASKETBALL
McClain gains non-conference win over visiting Western Latham

The regular season ended on an exciting note for the McClain Tigers on Saturday night by defeating a visiting Western Latham, 58-54 at McClain Gym.

MHS got off to an excellent start with a 19-8 first quarter in their favor, but the visitors won the second frame at 14-7, but MHS still held the halftime lead at 26-22.

The second half saw the Tigers still in front at 45-35 after three frames with MHS winning the third at 19-13, then in the fourth frame the quarter scoring flipped as Western Latham scored 19 points and McClain tacked on 13 points for the four-point win.

Bryson Badgley led the Tigers with 28 points, followed by Preston Saunders with an 11-point scoring game. Camden Closson finished with eight points, while Lyle White totaled seven points and Matt Bliss finished with four points.

McClain’s win moves them to 7-15 overall, while Western moves to 10-11 on the season.



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SATURDAY, Feb. 15
BOYS BASKETBALL
Lions win in regular-season finale at West Union

The Fairfield Lions played for a second straight night in SHAC action, winning on the road Saturday night in a makeup game against the host West Union Dragons, 65-57.

The Lions scored 14 points in the first frame and followed that with a 15-point second quarter. In the first half for the host Dragons, they scored 20 points in the opening frame and added 13 more points in the second for a halftime lead over the Lions at 33-29.

The second half was better for the Lions as they had a 20-point third frame and 16 points in the fourth quarter. West Union scored 12 points in both the third and fourth frames.

West Union was led on the scoreboard by Zane Kingsolver with 22 points, including making four 3-pointers.

Fairfield’s leading scorer was Bryson Simmons with 20 points, making nine two-point baskets and two free throws.

Wyatt Willey and James Bentley each scored 13 points, with Willey’s points coming from two two-point baskets, one 3-pointer and he was 6-of-9 from the free-throw line. Bentley totaled six two-point baskets and was 1-of-2 in his free-throw shooting.

Also for the Lions, Connor Priest also scored 13 points, with his points being compiled by five two-point baskets and a 3-of-6 finish from the free-throw line. The remainder of Fairfield’s scoring was by Tytis Cannon with four points and Jon Bentley with two points.