PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Ripley rides Royal into second round


The Blue Jays began their playoff quest victorious as they led throughout, taking down Lockland in an OHSAA Southwest Division IV Sectional semifinal.

Jaki Royal paced nine Blue Jays in the scoring column with 21 points. The junior guard was crucial in the clutch, scoring 11 fourth quarter points.

Ripley held leads of 17-13 after the first, 29-23 at half and 38-33 after three quarters of play. They extended the lead to double-digits in the fourth before Lockland closed in but the Blue Jays were able to hang on.

Landon Dearing added nine points, Alex King chipped in six while Nigel Royal and Landon Rigdon tossed in five.

The win improved the Blue Jays to 15-8 on the season. They’ll be in search for a sectional title come Wednesday as they play Hillcrest Academy back at Taylor High School at 6 p.m.




LOCKLAND (51) – Clark 15, Ibra 8, Mamadou 6, Runk 5, Diallo 4, Ba 4, Wright 2, Betts 1

RIPLEY (57) – J. Royal 21, Dearing 9, King 6, N. Royal 5, Rigdon 5, Harney 3, Germann 3, Fyffe 3, Dunn 2


In a game that was tight throughout, Paint Valley was the one able to sneak away with a sectional title.

After Paint Valey opened up a 21-15 lead through a quarter of play, the Warriors defense ramped up and tied things at 27-all at halftime.

The two remained near deadlocked throughout the third with Paint Valley leading 40-39 headed to the fourth.

Thirty-two minutes wasn’t enough to decide this one as they remained all square at 53 at the end of regulation. Eastern went cold from there as they were only able to put up two points in the extra four minutes of play, dropping the OHSAA Southeast Division III Sectional by seven.

The loss ends their season at 16-8.


The Lady Indians advanced to their first district final since 1998 with a 21-point thumping over Federal Hocking.

Jacey Justice led the charge with 22 points with McKinlee Ryan adding nine and Baylee Justice six.

Balance early pushed Peebles as they built a 13-3 lead after one with six players entering the scoring column.

Justice then picked it up in the second as she went into the half with 12 points and the Lady Indians leading, 25-17.

Peebles peeled away in the third as they outscored Hocking by nine in the frame, building a 41-24 lead after three.

The win gets the Lady Indians to Thursday’s district final back at Jackson against undefeated Notre Dame in an 8:15 p.m. tip.




PEEBLES (54) – Jacey Justice 22, McKinlee Ryan 9, Baylee Justice 6, Matti Nichols 5, Tatum Arey 4, Christian Reed 2, Jerilin Toller 2, Lilly Gray 2, Kylie Sims 2

FEDERAL HOCKING (33) – Paige Tolson 9, Kylie Tabler 8, Brittnie Jackson 8, Tamika Mayle 4, Emma Beha 3, Ashlynn Jarvis 1