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Ritchie tops Liberty

by Charles Casey

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Ritchie County took control of the game with timely runs in the first half to claim a 59-41 victory over Liberty in boys prep basketball action Tuesday.

The Rebels (6-2) held Liberty to 15 of 54 (27.8 percent) from the floor and forced 21 turnovers.

"We are just not being efficient offensively," Liberty coach Russ Nutt said.

The Mountaineers (0-8) led only once in the contest, 5-4, with 4:06 left in the opening quarter on a Denver Winters layup.

Ritchie used a 9-1 run over the next three minutes behind Michael Satterfield's four points, and the Rebels eventually led 13-8 after one quarter.

The Rebels took a 19-8 lead in the first minute of the second quarter before Liberty rallied.

The Mountaineers reeled off nine unanswered points to close the gap to 19-17 with 3:30 left until halftime. However, that was as close as Liberty would get.

Ritchie County regrouped and went on a 9-1 run over the remainder of the quarter for the 10-point halftime lead. Jay Cronin led the charge with two points and two assists.

The Rebels put the game away in the third, outscoring Liberty, 18-8, for a 46-26 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Eli Heagy, who led Ritchie County with a game-high 12 points and 10 rebounds, scored six points and handed out two assists in the third.

Following Heagy was Satterfield with 11 points. Cronin and Shane Dotson each had eight points. while Ryan Jones added seven.

"It was a good win," Ritchie County coach Tom Cowan said. "I didn't think we played that well offensively, but we stepped it up defensively.

"I told them coming in and at halftime that even though Liberty hadn't won a game, they are dangerous."

Mike Pettry and Winters lead Liberty with nine points each.

n NOTRE DAME 77, Hundred 52: Josh Maxwell scored 26 points and grabbed 26 rebounds to lead Notre Dame (4-4) past Hundred.

Timmy Swiger added 18 points and 12 assists for the Irish, while Jake Minges had 16 points.

"Josh just dominated the inside and Timmy dictated the flow of the game," ND coach Mike Robey said. "He got the ball inside to Jake consistently, and when they began collapsing, Jake did a great job of nailing some outside shots."

Jacob Stevens led Hundred with 13 points, while Shane Minor added 11.

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n GILMER COUNTY 64, Roane County 39: Denae Dobbins led Gilmer with 19 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and six blocks in a win over Roane County.

Gilmer (10-2) jumped to a 21-12 first-quarter lead and cruised.

Miranda Riddle followed Dobbins with 16 points, while Amy Riddle finished with five assists.

Shawna Goodwin led Roane (7-6) with 13 points and three steals.

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