Ohio girls win Sam Mumley Classic

Jeff Harrison

Special to The Enterprise

ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- It was a "split decision" at Sunday's 34th annual Samuel A. Mumley OVAC All-Star Basketball Classic, with the Ohio girls scoring a 74-51 victory while the West Virginia boys notched a 96-91 triumph.

In the girls' game, Ohio pitched a shutout for the first 6:42, assuming a 14-0 lead before West Virginia finally broke through.

It was 24-7 mid way through the first half and 49-24 at the intermission.

West Virginia managed a 27-25 edge in the second half, but the Buckeye State squad coasted to victory.

Cambridge High's Molly Ritz followed up a 12-point, 13-rebound effort in Friday's District 12 All-Star Classic with a team-high 13 points along with six rebounds. Heather Booth (Frontier) contributed 10 tallies; Sarah Neavin (Shadyside) netted nine and Ellie LeMasters (St. John Central) had eight as her top support. Lizzy Nau (Caldwell) and Kelsey Holloway (Shadyside) chipped in seven points each and Shelby Stover (Meadowbrook) had six counters as well as nine rebounds. Barnesville's Heidi Hines added four points and seven rebounds.

Magnolia's Pavyn Ludewig topped West Virginia with 14 points, with Hannah Maston (Parkersburg South) next in line with nine.

In the boys' contest, Ohio led 33-24 at the 10-minute mark of the first half, but West Virginia recovered and forged a 49-all tie by intermission. A 10-4 start to the second half got the Mountain State boys off and running and a 47-42 second half edge was enough to claim the win.

Wheeling Park's Bubby Goodwin sparkled with 25 points to lead the West Virginia squad which nailed a total of 13 three-point goals. Jared Smith (Linsly) collected 19 and Marquez O'Neal (Wheeling Park) contributed 19 and 17, respectively while Chris Perna (Madonna) had eight. Zanesville's Tanner Gibson duplicated Friday night's effort in the District 12 tilt, again pouring in 32 points to easily lead Ohio. Shenandoah's Brett

Farnsworth turned in a solid 12-point, seven-rebound game; Allen Derosa (St. Clairsville) had eight and Kyle Blanchard (Harrison Central) added seven.

Cambridge's David Evancho had two points and two rebounds.

Three-point shooting contests were staged at halftime of each game, with Molly Kurtz of Wheeling Central winning the girls' competition and Myron Jellison of Union Local taking the boys event.

A host of awards were presented throughout the day: Earl Haberfield Boys Coaches Award - Mark Huffman of Skyvue; Rich Saffield Girls' Coaches Award - Dee Davis of Wheeling Park; Robert Dawson Officials

Award - Willie Nevels of Wheeling; Tom Rataiczak Scorekeeper/Timer Award - Ken Lahr of Weirton; Bob Burton Distinguished Service Award - the late Tom O'Connell; Richard Potts Scholarship Winners - Connor Arlia of Weirton Madonna and Myron Jellison of Union Local; Henry Lazasz Scholarship Winners - Molly Kurtz of Wheeling Central and Rosa Nardo of Union Local; Ray Ponzo Scholarship Winners - Shane Greskevitch of Wheeling Central and David Evancho of Cambridge; Bette Ann Ponzo Scholarship Winners - Kiley King of Oak Glen and Heather Booth of Frontier; OVAC Basketball Officials Sportsmanship Awards - Girls: John Marshall (4-A); St. Clairsville (3-A); River (2-A); Cameron (1-A); Boys: Wheeling Park (4-A); Magnolia (3-A); River (2-A); Cameron (1-A).

GIRLS

OHIO 74, WEST VIRGINIA 51

West Virginia

Molly Kurtz (Wheeling Central) 0 0-0 0, Raven McDiffitt (Hundred) 2 1-2 6, Amyelia Gaudio (Brooke) 1 1-2 3, Jessica Jenkins 2 0-2 4, Kristen Black 0 1-2 1, Libby Altmeyer (Wheeling Central) 1 0-0 2, Taylore Berry (Bishop Donahue) 0 2-2 2, Brittany Guthrie (Valley) 0 0-0 0, Hannah Maston 4 0-1 9, Morgan Starkey (Valley) 0 0-0 0, Pavyn Ludewig (Magnolia) 5 4-4 14, Laura Stefanow (Wheeling Park) 0-0 0-0 0, Shelby Wood (Cameron) 1 0-2 2, Kiley King (Oak Glen) 2 1-2 6, Nikki Robinson (Weir) 1 0-0 2 . Totals 19 10-19 51.

Ohio

Alexa Isaly (River) 1 0-0 2, Kelsey Holloway (Shadyside) 3 0-0 7, Bri Kamarec (Indian Creek) 1 0-0 2, Rosa Nardo (Union Local) 0 0-0 0, Alex Kuhn (Monroe Central) 0 2-2 2, Carly Gooding (Conotton Valley) 0 2-4 2, Heather Booth (Frontier) 4 2-4 10, Heidi Hines (Barnesville) 1 2-4 4, Shelby Stover (Meadowbrook) 1 4-4 6, Kayla Bodnar (Buckeye Local) 0 2-4 2, Ellie LeMasters (St. John Central) 4 0-0 8, Lizzy Nau (Caldwell) 2 3-6 7, Molly Ritz (Cambridge) 6 1-2 13, Sarah Neavin 3 3-4 9. Totals 26 21-34 74.

West Virginia 24 27 -- 51

Ohio 49 25 -- 74

Three point goals 9W.Va. 3 (McDiffitt, King, Maston); Ohio 1 (Holloway).

Fouls -- W.Va. 18; Ohio 17. Fouled Out -- none. Turnovers -- W.Va. 24; Ohio 25.