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McCONNELLSBURG - McConnellsburg faced a big test Wednesday night before its rivalry game at Southern Fulton on Friday, and passed with flying colors.

The Spartans claimed a 63-50 Sideling Hill League boys basketball victory over Chestnut Ridge.

“We just seem to match up well with them,” McConnellsburg coach Dane Pollock said. “And we needed this one - we haven’t been playing well. But tonight we really got into our offense. We got the lead and were able to run our offense, found some mismatches and got some good looks early that got us going.”

The Spartans (13-2, 9-1 SHL) led by two points at halftime, then outscored the Lions 17-9 in the decisive third quarter.

Chase Novak beat his season-high scoring total by four with his 23 points, and Jake Boehme put up 20 points and five assists. Quintin Miller led in rebounds with eight.

Pollock said, “Our inside guys did a great job on Jay Grubb (5 points), who is 6-7 and will be playing in college. Miller guarded him, but we double- and triple-teamed him. We overplayed him and made the other guys beat us.”

McConnellsburg 63, Chestnut Ridge 50

Chestnut Ridge (50)

Logan Cooper 2 4-4 9, Noah Dillow 3 8-9 14, E.J. Jackson 3 0-2 6, Aubrey Smith 1 0-2 2, Jay Grubb 1 3-6 5, Matt Monko 5 2-2 14. Totals — 15 17-25 50..

McConnellsburg (63)

Jake Boehme 6 4-5 20, Quintin Miller 2 1-1 5, Ryan Koontz 1 0-3 2, Landon Richards 1 0-0 2, Chase Novak 8 5-7 23, Ian Cheatle 3 1-3 8, Shawn Garlock 0 1-2 1, Chance Hawbaker 1 0-0 2, Nic Culler 0 0-0 0, Logan Little 0 0-0 0, Patrick Keefer 0 0-0 0, Ethan Barclay 0 0-0 0, Marcel Schneidereit 0 0-0 0. Totals — 22 12-21 63.

Chestnut Ridge _ 13 _ 12 _ 9 _ 16 _ — _ 50

McConnellsburg _ 15 _ 12 _ 17 _ 19 _ — _ 63

3-point goals — CR 3 (Monko 2, L.Cooper), McC 7 (Boehme 4, Novak 2, Cheatle).

JV score — Chestnut Ridge 41, McConnellsburg 32. Chance Hawbaker had 12 points for the Spartans.

Tussey Mountain 57, Forbes Road 51: Tussey Mountain outscored Forbes Road 12-6 in overtime and collected a Sideling Hill/Inter-County Conference victory.

The Titans got the lead in OT, and then went 6-for-6 at the foul line.

Cardinals coach Trent Black said, “We played extremely well and hard on defense. When we hold their leading scorers down like we did, we should have won. But we had a couple of easy ones roll off the rim and they made their foul shots when they needed to.”

Aaron Schepis scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help force overtime. Grayson Hall led the Cardinals (4-12, 2-9 SHL, 2-7 ICC) with 16 points, including 12 in the first half, and Brycen Hohman added 10 points.

Tussey Mountain 57, Forbes Road 51

Forbes Road (51)

Aaron Schepis 5 3-3 14, Matt Brown 1 4-4 6, Brycen Hohman 4 2-2 10, Michael Fleck 1 1-2 3, Talon Blair 1 0-0 2, Grayson Hall 7 2-2 16, Trey Kennedy 0 0-0 0, Jackson Chilcote 0 0-0 0.Totals — 19 12-13 51.

Tussey Mountain (57)

Devin Sitch 2 5-8 9, Trenton Husick 1 0-0 2, Patrick Black 1 1-3 3, Ryan Leonard 4 4-4 12, Parker Cornelius 3 4-6 12, Andrew Bithell 8 3-4 19. Totals — 19 17-25 57.

Forbes Road _ 9 _ 15 _ 8 _ 13 _ 6 _  — _ 51

Tussey Mountain _ 14 _ 12 _ 8 _ 11 _ 12 _ — _ 57

3-point goals — FR 1 (Schepis), TM 2 (Cornelius 2).

JV score — Forbes Road 43, Tussey Mountain 39. Bryce Hohman (14) and Trey Kennedy (11) led the Cardinals in scoring.

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