TVC-Ohio Basketball Standings Feb. 4

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TVC-Ohio Boys Standings

1. Vinton County Vikings | 14-4 (Conf. 10-0)

Vinton County had a winning week but despite the loss to Marietta on Saturday, the Vikings got two important conference wins against Alexander and Nelsonville-York. The Vikings have just two conference games left and if they defeat Meigs on Feb. 13, the TVC-Ohio is theirs.

For now, though, the Vikings will head to Washington Court House on Tuesday and host Jackson on Saturday. Both teams are ranked in the top nine in Division II Southeast. Vinton County is amid a tough stretch in its schedule, so we’ll learn a lot about the team in the coming days.  — Grant Kiefer

2. Meigs Marauders | 14-3 (Conf. 8-1)

Meigs Boys played in an eventful week, seeing the Marauders on both ends of respective blowouts. The week began on Tuesday for the Marauders with a dominant win over Wellston 70-43 to extend their incredible win streak to 13 games. On Friday, a shorthanded Meigs Boys team looked to uphold its winning streak at Marietta (15-2). This game became a runaway in the second quarter as Meigs would only score four points in the 8-minute quarter. Marietta’s Alex Kendall had a dominant game as Marietta would end Meigs’ winning streak 69-40. 

Meigs will look to begin a new winning streak on Tuesday when Meigs will travel to Jackson and Alexander on Friday.Quinn Elfers

3. Nelsonville-York Buckeyes | 11-8  (Conf. 4-5)

The Nelsonville-York Buckeyes played a pair of games last week, facing fellow TVC-Ohio rivals River Valley and Vinton County. With a 76-42 win over River Valley, it snapped the boys three-game losing streak. This could not be replicated in their Friday night matchup against TVC-Ohio leaders Vinton County. The Vikings got away with a 77-63 win.  

This Tuesday, the Buckeyes host the Alexander Spartans in hopes of a bounce back win. NY also plays host to the Wellston Golden Rockets Friday night. These last few conference battles should be a chance for the boys to solidify themselves at third in the TVC-Ohio. Sam Nolan

Wellston Golden Rockets logoT-4. Wellston Golden Rockets | 5-13 (Conf. 4-6)

Wellston put together one of their best weeks of the season picking up two wins on the road. Although the week did begin with a 70-47 loss to Meigs, the Golden Rockets bounced back quickly.

Friday night Wellston took down River Valley which allowed them to jump the Raiders in the TVC-Ohio standings. Then, Wellston beat a non-conference opponent in Symmes Valley 49-48 Saturday night.

This week will challenge the Golden Rockets with games against Waterford and Nelsonville-York. — Andrew Bowlby

T-4. Athens Bulldogs | 4-14 (Conf. 4-6)

On Monday, Athens defeated Wellston, 60-42, but they could not build off their win and hold an Alexander team desperate for a win at bay. The Spartans played like they wanted it more than the Bulldogs for the entirety of the second half, and they won their first game of the season, 42-35.

Athens has been searching for a leader to step up in close games all season, and they still have not found any solutions. Athens has three games of regular season play left, including tough matchups against Federal Hocking and Nelsonville-York. They have to find a spark and rhythm in these games before the playoffs begin if they want any chance of surviving past the first round in the playoffs.  — Luke Schmitt

6. River Valley Raiders | 5-11 (Conf. 3-5)

This season continues to take a downward turn for River Valley and another tough week slides them back to sixth in the standings. With three losses this week, including two conference games, River Valley has lost nine of its last 10.

The Raiders will have a pair of opportunities to grab late season wins this week. They will face Southern in Bidwell on Tuesday and then Athens on Friday night also at home.  — Andrew Bowlby

7. Alexander Spartans | 1-18 (Conf. 1-9)

It was a big week for the Spartans as they grabbed their first win against Athens, their biggest rival. Junior Mason Morris put up seventeen points to lead Alexander to a much needed win. 

The Spartans also dropped two games against titans Vinton County and Trimble this week. Alexander looks to grab another win with games against Nelsonville-York and Meigs next week.   Maddie Kiefer

TVC-Ohio Girls Standings

1. Athens Bulldogs | 14-4 (Conf. 7-1)

The Athens Lady Bulldogs crushed Meigs, 72-33, to start their week on a hot start on Monday. They carried that momentum into their game against Alexander and won a hard-fought battle, 45-38. It wasn’t the cleanest basketball game for the girls, and there were moments throughout the game when Alexander gave Athens a run for their money. Asa Holcombe and Ella Chapman had poor shooting nights, and it’s sufficient to say there was no standout performance.   

The Bulldogs are very close to snatching a share of the TVC-Ohio title. They will play Vinton County and Wellston to round out their season before seeking to make a deep run in the playoffs.  — Luke Schmitt

2. River Valley Raiders | 16-4 (Conf. 8-3)

Back-to-back wins plus some help from Athens has River Valley back to second in the TVC-Ohio standings. The Raiders faced off with a pair of teams siting in the middle of the standigns this past week in Vinton County and Nelsonville-York.

River Valley won the two games by a combined eight points. They were challenged in both but prevailed avenging the loss to Wellston from Jan. 25.

This week they will travel Racine on Monday, and then host Alexander in the final game of the regular season Thursday, likely for second place in the TVC-Ohio. — Andrew Bowlby

3. Alexander Spartans | 12-7 (Conf. 6-4)

The young lady Spartans had a tough go around this week, ultimately falling out of the TVC-Ohio race.  After a huge loss against Nelsonville-York, Alexander traveled to face the number one seeded Athens Bulldogs. It was very close until the fourth quarter where Athens pulled away for the win, knocking the Spartans out of the title race. Alexander did bounce back with a win against Trimble on Saturday. 

The Spartans look to finish the regular season off strong with games against Meigs, River Valley, and Dawson Bryant.  Maddie Kiefer

4. Nelsonville-York Buckeyes | 10-10 (Conf. 6-5)

The Nelsonville-York Lady Buckeyes had two crucial in-conference matchups against both the Alexander Spartans and the River Valley Raiders last week. Monday night’s game against the Spartans went exactly as planned for NY. They came out with an impressive 49-42 win over their rival. Thursday’s game didn’t go as well for the girls. The Buckeyes started off scorching hot against River Valley. This hot start was not enough, however, as they fell 53-48 to the Raiders. 

The Lady Buckeyes have two more matches left in their regular season. They travel to Wellston on Monday, in what should be a fun rematch as the last one resulted in a two-point win for NY. Their regular season finale will be at home against out-of-conference opponent Logan as the girls look to finish strong on a memorable regular season.  Sam Nolan

5. Vinton County Vikings | 8-11 (Conf. 4-6)

An eventful week is an understatement for the Lady Vikings last week, as they came back from eleven at halftime to force overtime against River Valley. Despite dropping this game 53-50, the Lady Vikings took care of business Thursday, taking down Wellston at home.

VC knows where their playoff journey will begin already (vs Washington Court House Feb. 12), but there’s still business to take care of this week. They’ll have a shot at preventing Athens from taking the TVC crown Monday night at home, followed by a road bout against Meigs on Thursday night. Vinton County’s regular season will end Saturday at home against the Jackson Ironmen.  Grant Kiefer

Wellston Golden Rockets logo6. Wellston Golden Rockets | 8-12 (Conf. 2-8)

Wellston played two road games this past week against Trimble and Vinton County. The former resulted in a 53-22 win. The 22 points conceded to the Tomcats was the third fewest given up this season.

The Golden Rockets also played in McArthur against Vinton County. A thrilling tow-point game that Wellston fell just short in.

Wellston will play Nelsonville-York and Athens this week in their final two conference games of the season. — Andrew Bowlby

7. Meigs Marauders | 6-14 (Conf. 1-9)

Meigs girls looked to rebound after a 0-2 week. This challenge began when Meigs welcomed in Athens on Monday. This game saw Athens pull away early, leading 22-10 at the end of the first quarter. Athens’ Asa Holcombe led the Lady Bulldogs to a triumphant victory, scoring in bunches and facilitating to her teammates as Athens would beat Meigs 72-33. Meigs’s misfortune would continue on Thursday as Marietta would come into town. Meigs gave a valiant effort but would come up short as Meigs would once again fall 70-50 

Meigs will look to end its season off strong as the team will travel to Alexander on Monday and host Vinton County on Thursday. Quinn Elfers