Cleaning out the notebook
Time & Score, Bench Players, & Home Court
are all major factors in this week’s thoughts
With my nephew in little league, my niece in junior high, and of course varsity girls and boys playing two
times per week, I have now been at a basketball game for 13 straight days. It is amazing to me how time-
and-score is becoming one of the worst executed situations in all levels of basketball. This will definitely
be a part of this week’s discussion on the Cardo’s Family Fun Center SVC Sports Talk Podcast
Show. The upcoming episode will be ready for listen late Monday night, so be sure to check the
homepage of the website for a link.

As for high school basketball this week, I watched Huntington/PV girls, ZT/Unioto girls,
Piketon/Huntington boys, and Southeastern/Unioto boys. In all four cases, the home team came out on
top.

Tuesday night, Huntington and Paint Valley played a slow, half-court slugfest. Both teams had trouble
scoring. I think as the year moves into January Huntington’s Jackie Kellough is going to get more
comfortable and become a really good player. This was good experience for Paint Valley to figure out
how to make enough plays to win.

Thursday night, Unioto’s Mallory Retherford knocked down a couple of threes while doing a great
job defensively on ZT’s Kelsey Dunkle. I really felt the three-point shot was a big key in this game.
Every time Zane Trace seemed in position to stay in the game, Unioto knocked down a triple. At the end
of the first quarter, Zane Trace had cut the lead to 10-8 when Unioto’s Lauren Stout hit a three. Just
before halftime, ZT was within four before Retherford hit one from deep. Finally in the third quarter, the
Unioto lead was only at seven as Alexis Overly and Retherford hit back-to-back threes to help the Lady
Shermans pull away.

Over the weekend, I saw some bench players really come up big for their teams in some big spots. First,
Friday night Huntington’s Greg Magill was really good off the bench. The senior scored 13 points
and grabbed six rebounds as he provided a nice lift for his team while Brian Hall battled foul trouble and
Dylan Gragg was drawing two and sometimes three defenders. Saturday, Southeastern was in a great
position to steal one at Unioto. After beating Zane Trace on the road Friday, the Panthers led at halftime
Saturday and were still just down two after three quarters of play. Unioto’s Jake Rose came off the
bench to score eight points including two big three-point field goals in the second half.

Other observations from the week would have to start on the girls’ side with Alex Southworth
leading Piketon to a 3-0 start. Southworth had a triple-double in Saturday’s win. Zane Trace finished
a brutal week that included trips to Adena and to Unioto with a nice win over Nelsonville-York on
Saturday. Hayley Carle had 24 points and 13 rebounds in that game. Lastly, Unioto and Adena are both
off to good starts as predicted. With Adena, Jenny Grigsby had a nice week as the Lady Warriors had a
chance to play a lot of kids in a three-win week that included a couple of big blowout wins. As for
Unioto, Tori Cox in the post and Overly at the point have both played well. Unioto is a deep team that
can shoot the three and defend well.

For boys, I think we are going to be talking about protecting the home court, and in the first weekend,
Zane Trace and Westfall did not do that. Piketon started with a split on the road as they got what I felt
like was a must-win Saturday at Westfall behind a 23-point performance from Craigen Moore after
losing at Huntington Friday. Road games or not, I just didn’t feel like Piketon could afford to start 0-
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