Friday, Jan. 21
Smithville 59, Chippewa 41
With a win and a Dalton loss Friday, Smithville moved into a tie for first place in the Wayne County Athletic League.
"It's nice, but it's not our ultimate goal," said Smithies coach Corey Kaufman. "We're always trying to get better for the tournament and that's really what we're focused on."
Using a balanced attack, the Smithies handled the Chipps behind Carter Piatt, Carter Fath and Mac Butzer. Piatt scored a team-high 13, Fath had 12 and Butzer also scored 12. Reece Riggenbach continued his strong play with seven and Cole Maibach finished with six.
"I thought we played good team offense and defense," said Kaufman. "We're playing eight right now and our guys have a lot of confidence in each other."
The Chipps were led by Garrett Hillyer with nine points while Brendan Donnelly had eight and Logan Toler finished with seven. For the second time this year, the Smithies limited high-scoring Caleb Gasser, holding him to just five points.
Northwestern 94, Rittman 86 (2OT)
Brett Alberts and Alex Ciolek were clutch when it mattered the most and that's just what Northwestern needed.
The pair combined for 17 points in the two overtimes to lead the Huskies as Alberts capped a 34-point outburst with eight in the second OT. Alberts also finished with a triple-double, dishing 10 assists and grabbing 10 rebounds. Ciolek drained four free throws and knocked down a bucket to close out a 21-point effort.
Ethan Siders finished with 15 points, including the bucket to force the second overtime. Luke Wright was also key for the Huskies with eight points and 11 rebounds, and Brandon Barnette finished with 12.
Jake Newark led the Indians with a team-high 26, with 15 of those coming from three. There was Bryce Holmes with 17, Landon Simonton hit three 3-pointers and had 14 and Brendan Berkihiser finished with 10.
Waynedale 74, Hillsdale 46
Waynedale got offense from everywhere as it knocked off Hillsdale in WCAL play.
Dawson Troyer paced the Golden Bears by knocking down five 3-pointers and scoring 25 and Trey Barkman had 19 with three 3s. Gavin Spitler and Josiah Raber both chipped in with 11 points and Ian Lehman scored six for Waynedale.
The Falcons were paced by Cole Sinnett with 16 and Caden Fickes with 10. Braylen Jarvis added seven and Brayden Bartter had six for Hillsdale.
West Holmes 58, Mansfield Senior 54
A late 19-11 push to finish the game was enough to lift West Holmes past Mansfield in this Ohio Cardinal Conference clash.
Channer Wells led the Knights with a team-high 17 points to go with five assists and four rebounds. Zander Shultz had 16 points, Blake Morrison had 12, Brock Zimmerly added nine and Mason Wolfe had a team-leading 11 rebounds to go with four points.
Hiland 53, Claymont 46
Hiland rallied with a 29-16 second half run to erase an early 23-10 Claymont lead and notch the win.
The Hawks were led by Grant Miller with a team-high 19 and Chris Shetler added 10. The duo combined for 17 in the second half. Alex Yoder chipped in eight and Tony Yoder finished with six in the win.
Wooster 66, Mount Vernon 62
No other statistics were reported.
Triway 2,491, Lake Center Christian 1,979 (boys)
Triway 2,394, Lake Center Christian 1,627 (girls)
Triway's boys bounced back from their first loss of the season with a win and the girls kept the machine rolling to improve to 11-0.
Owen Fiesler was dealing as he finished with a 449, with games of 230 and 219, to lead the boys team. Not far back was Chad Harper with a 398 (215-183) while Brandon Rich had a 387 and Ethan Rutherford finished with 346 in the win.
The girls were paced by Emma Yoder, who remains on fire with a 438 and had scores of 203 and 235. Addy Meshew fired a 372 with games of 203 and 169 while Danielle Densmore had a 355 and Lindsay Miller posted a 326.
This article originally appeared on The Daily Record: Prep Roundup: Smithville moves into first-place tie in WCAL