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Zanesville 56 West Muskingum 42
After four years away from the sidelines, Coach Jeff Moore decided to un-retire the whistle and coach the girls basketball team at Zanesville High School. Coaching girls for the first time, Moore was out to prove it didn't matter the gender; just give him a clipboard and basketball is basketball. In his case, he also needed a throat lozenge.
In his debut, Jeff Moore was back to his sideline-pacing, instruction-barking, winning ways in a fourteen point victory over a very good West Muskingum team. The game was never in doubt, the Lady Devils jumped out to a healthy lead thanks to the performance of Kailee Howe. The defense took over from there, don't allowing a West Muskingum field goal until 3:30 remaining in the second quarter. Howe, the Morehead State Bound senior was electric, scoring a game high 29 points in the win. Alexus Grimmett adding 10 points off the bench, while Dakota McKenzie logged 17 in the loss.
River View 31 Maysville 33
In a defensive battle that saw both teams combine for 23 points in the second half, the Panthers were clutch in the end, closing the game on a 7-0 run for the victory over the Black Bears.
River View jumped out to a 22-19 lead after the first half and led by as many as five with less than four minutes to play before Maysville went on their run. Down by one with under two minutes to go, Karen Sidwell was fouled after a steal and knocked down two free throws to put the Panthers up by one. Trailing by two, the Black Bears had one final chance to tie it as time expired, but the shot was wide and the Panthers dribbled out the clock for the win. Sidwell had 9 points in the victory while Andi Daugherty tallied 10 in the loss.
John Glenn 36 Cambridge 41
The Lady Bobcats begin their state semifinal defense with a win over a visiting ECOL opponent John Glenn. The Bobcats used a balanced scoring attack to shore up thier first win of the season; Mallory Taylor had ten points, followed closely by Hallie Stocker with 9, and Abby Seckman with 8. Hannah Gregory scored ten in the loss.