Local Prep Basketball Summaries
Magnolia 74, Wheeling Central 50
NEW MARTINSVILLE – Stephen Rogalski and Mark Winters bucketed 22 points apiece here Friday night and Magnolia drilled Wheeling Central, 74-50, to register its 11th straight win and capture the Class A, Region I, Section 1 championship game.
The Maroon Knights, now 12-12 with a regional road affair set for 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Marys, only trailed 14-10 after one, but got down 36-19 at halftime as the Blue Eagles (20-4) scored 22 points in each of the final three quarters.
Winters and Rogalski knocked down a quartet of 3s apiece while Blue Eagle teammate Kyle Elliott had 10 points and Preston Boswell nine.
Wheeling Central was paced by freshman Chase Harler’s 18-point effort. David Park had 14 markers in the setback.
Magnolia will welcome Clay-Battelle to town at 7 p.m. Thursday in a regional contest with the winner advancing to the state tournament.
Martins Ferry 51, Fort Frye 50
BYESVILLE, Ohio – Cody Schau’s putback basket with 15 seconds to go proved to be the game-winner as the Martins Ferry Purple Riders claimed the Division III sectional championship with a thrilling 51-50 victory over the top-seeded Fort Frye Cadets Friday night at Meadowbrook High School.
After Cadet senior Shon Smith gave the Cadets a 50-49 lead with a driving basket with 27 seconds to play, Schau grabbed the rebound of an errant shot by Tyler Strama and scored the game-winner.
Fort Frye had one last chance but Chandler Lang’s last second shot was blocked by the Purple Riders as time expired.
Schau led all scorers with 25 points to go along with 13 rebounds, while Seth Legraen paced the Cadets with 19 points and Smith added 15.
Fort Frye’s season comes to a close with a 15-8 record, while Martins Ferry improved to 12-8 on the season and moves on to district play on Tuesday at Ohio University-Eastern.
Warren 50, Unioto 39
ATHENS, Ohio – At halftime of a Division II district semifinal matchup against Unioto, the Warren High boys basketball team found itself in an unfamiliar spot – trailing.
The Warriors, who dominated the greater part of their schedule, were down 24-20 at the break, but shot 52 percent (11 for 21) in the second half to rally for a 50-39 victory.
With the win, Warren secures its spot in the district championship game against Vinton County Thursday at the Convo.
Junior Evan French paved the way for the Warriors with 19 points and seven rebounds. Seniors Adam Lang and Dylan Leffingwell each added 10 for the blue and white.
The Shermans were led by Bryce Arledge with 10 points and Chase Detillion’s nine.