Host West Muskingum gave their former coach and standout hoop alum’s team a good fight Tuesday night, Feb. 5; but in the end, Coach Todd McLoughlin’s Tri-Valley Scotties prevailed, defeating the host Tornadoes 49-37 in Muskingum Valley League hardwood action.
West M. – coached by 1974 TVHS alum and a standout hoopster in his own right, Jeff Butler – jumped ahead of the visiting Scotties 12-9 at the first break, but the Dawgs pulled even with the hosts by intermission in a somewhat sluggish first half of play, as the two teams jogged to the halftime lockerroom tied at 19-19.
Tri-Valley pulled ahead for good in the third period of play, as four counters each from Skye Bryan, Keaton Williams, and Jack Lyall helped the black and gold overtake the Tornadoes, and hold the lead – 32-27 – heading into the fourth quarter of play.
The same trio that provided the spark the Dawgs needed in the third quarter, came through in the final eight minutes of action as well, as Williams threw in six fourth quarter points, and Bryan and Lyall four more as well, to help the Scotties take home the 49-37 win.
Jack Lyall led the winners with 15 points, but left the game late in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Williams added 14 points, and Bryan 10 for the Scotties, who – with the win – improved their MVL record to 10-2, while hiking their overall mark for the 2018-19 season to 12-6.
Landon Murray’s 12 points led the Tornadoes.
In the junior varsity game, the Scotties came out on top 47-38, and were led in scoring by Jordan Pantaleo’s game-high 17 points, while Aiden Lemity’s nine topped the Tornado JV scorers.
In the freshman game that tipped off the tripleheader of hoops action Tuesday night at West Muskingum, Scottie frosh coach Jeff Nezbeth’s Scottie cagers whipped the West M. ninth grade team by a 46-27 count. Jason Pletcher’s 13 points led the TV effort, while Luke Hill and Alex Williams each added 10 counters apiece. Hunter Porter’s 17 points were high for the Tornado frosh squad.
This Friday night, February 8 in Dresden at The Dawg House, the Scotties welcome visiting Sheridan to town for a tripleheader of boys basketball action, with the freshman game tipping off at 5:00 p.m.
In ‘Round One’ of MVL play, back on December 7 in Thornville, the visiting Scotties battled a tall and talented Sheridan General squad, who defeated the visiting Scotties by a 65-46 score.
The Scotties currently sit in third place in Muskingum Valley League standings, two games back of conference unbeaten John Glenn, and just a game back from second place Sheridan in the loss column.