Madison-Plains ekes out one-point win over West Jeff

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West Jefferson’s M.J. Book goes up and around the defense of Madison-Plains’ Dalton Cunningham early in the game. Book led all scorers with 15 points, while Cunningham contributed five points for Madison-Plains.

(Posted Jan. 19, 2021)

Photos by Jeff Pfeil, staff photographer

West Jefferson hosted Madison-Plains on Jan. 15 for Ohio Heritage Conference (OHC) crossover play. The Golden Eagles left the east side of Madison County as victors over the Roughriders in a tight 37-36 win.

Coming into the game, West Jefferson (2-7 overall, 1-7 OHC) was averaging 46 points per game offensively. The Golden Eagles created havoc on defense, holding the Roughriders to 36 points.

Madison-Plains won the turnover battle, only giving up 11 turnovers and gathering 19 turnovers on West Jefferson.

West Jefferson, holding tight to fourth place in the OHC’s North Division, fell to 2-8 overall and 1-8 in OHC play. Madison-Plains held on to their fourth-place spot in the South Division with a 6-4 overall record and 5-4 in conference play.

Madison-Plains will be back in action on Jan. 22 when they travel to Greeneview. The Rams lead the South Division with a 12-2 overall record and are 8-1 in OHC play. The game can be watched live on Greeneview’s athletics Youtube channel: Greeneview Athletics.

West Jefferson hosts Liberty Union on Jan. 20; tune in to https://team1prep.com/oh/?S=WJRiders to watch the game. The Roughriders travel to Greenon on Jan. 22.

Adyn Gammel does up high over the defense of Tyler Oberle for a shot. Gammel led Madison-Plains with 13 points. Oberle added six points for the Roughriders.
Ryan Ernst splits the defense of West Jefferson’s Jake Fitzpatrick and Tyler Buescher for a shot late in the game with the score tied at 36. Ernst was fouled on the shot with 4.5 seconds remaining. He made the first foul shot to put Madison-Plains ahead by one and missed the second. West Jefferson was not able to get off a shot, and Madison-Plains won the game 37-36.

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