Mount Vernon and host Tri-Valley had their chances to claim the large-school boys division title Monday in the OUZ Freshman Holiday Basketball tournament.
After each teamed forced an extra session, Chastin Pepper’s five points in the second overtime gave the Yellow Jackets a 38-34 victory against the Scotties. Riley Lake scored on a layup before time expired in regulation to help Tri-Valley force overtime, but Mount Vernon’s Justin Springer hit a 3 to send the game into a second overtime.
The Yellow Jackets were led by Nate Davis with 11 points and Springer added 10 points, while the Scotties’ Trevor Dicks led all scorers with 15 points.
In the consolation game, Lancaster defeated Sheridan 46-32. The Golden Gales were led by Cole Reinschell with 15 points and Tony Zenoby with 14. Kyle Jones had 10 to lead the Generals.
In a boys small-school semifinal, Licking Valley beat Meadowbrook 33-24. Elijah Brechbill led the Panthers with nine points while Dalton Wiggins scored eight for Meadowbrook.
In other boys’ action, Marietta defeated Philo 40-34 as the Tigers’ Corey Adams scored 15 points. The Electrics were led by Cody Wickham and Dakota McElfresh with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Monroe Central prevailed against West Muskingum 53-21 behind 14 points from Cole Craig and 12 by Cole Howell. Blake Stubbins had seven for the Tornadoes.
Lancaster routed Mount Vernon in the girls large-school championship 40-10. Erica Campbell had 11 points for the Gales, and the Yellow Jackets were led by Karalyn Rhodebeck’s four points.
In the consolation game, Gahanna beat Newark 37-33. The Lions were led by Tanaya Hampton with 11 points and the Wildcats’ Takia Barrett scored 10 points.
In a small-school girls semifinal, Monroe Central rolled by Amanda-Clearcreek 46-15. Central was led by Kayleigh Marley’s 16 points and Erin Miller’s 12. Mallory Garrett and Meghan Cattran scored six each for the Aces.
In other girls’ action, Tri-Valley beat Licking Valley 34-28 as Sydney Prince had 13 points for the Scotties. Morgan Gossett and Kaden Thompson had 15 and 12, respectively for the Panthers.
The rest of the finals were Wednesday, but results weren’t available by press time.