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Missing starters can#8217;t stop Vikings win over Green

WILLOW WOOD — Some of the main attractions were missing, but the entertainment was worth the price of admission.

Symmes Valley’s leading scorer Michael Humphrey missed the game with a possible broken jaw and could be lost for the season. Green was missing two starters due to disciplinary reasons.

Despite the missing starters, Symmes Valley used a big third quarter to win a 61-57 thriller over the Green Bobcats Friday in a Southern Ohio Conference game.

Symmes Valley is now 13-3 on the season and remains second in the league at 10-2.

“We spent the whole first half trying to adjust to not having Michael,” Vikings coach Alvin Carpenter said. “We did a lot better in the second half.”

Coach Mike Hopper was pleased with the effort of his young team in the wake of adversity.

“The young ones stepped up in a tough situation,” Hopper said.

Matt Clarke got a starting nod and scored 7 points and Randy Ratcliff 6 in the first quarter as Green took an 18-13 lead. Kirt Shipley had all of the Vikings points in the quarter including three trifectas.

The Bobcats were up 28-22 at the half, but Kyle Meadows scored 11 points in the third quarter as Symmes Valley stormed back to take a 41-37 lead.

Nathan Patten scored 8 points and Clarke had 7 in the fourth quarter only to have Meadows scored 7 points of his own as the Vikings held on for the win.

Meadows led the Vikings with 18 points - all in the second half - and had 10 rebounds. Shipley finished with 17 points while Chris Capper grabbed 10 rebounds and had 6 steals. Jacob Johnson had 5 assists.

Patten led Green (6-11, 4-8) with 19 points and Clarke scored 18. Chris Willard and Corey Dyer pulled down 7 rebounds each.

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GREEN (6-11, 4-8): Chris Willard 0 1 0-0 3, Nathan Patten 3 4 1-2 19, Randy Ratcliff 4 0 0-0 8, Corey Dyer 2 1 0-0 7, Matt Clarke 6 2 0-1 18, Austin Pollard 1 0 0-0 2, Wes Bailey 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-63

1-3

57. 3-point goals: 8-24. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 11-13=24 (Willard 7, Dyer 7). Assists: 13 (Dyer 4, Willard 4). Steals: 13 (Willard 4, Clarke 3). Turnovers: 15.

SYMMES VALLEY (13-3, 10-2): Tyler Smith 2 0 3-4 7, Brice Sexton 0 0 0-0 0, Jacob Johnson 2 0 2-2 6, Kirt Shipley 4 3 0-0 17, Jesse Graybeal 0 0 0-0 0, Chris Capper

4 0 0-0 8, Matt Tibbs 1 0 3-4 5, Kyle Meadows 8 0 2-2 18. Totals: 24-51

10-12

61. 3-point goals: 3-9. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 36 (Meadows 10, Capper 10). Assists: 12 (Johnson 5, Capper 3). Steals: 14 (Capper 6, Smith 4). Turnovers: 19. Blocked shots: 7 (Meadows 3, Capper 2, Shipley 2).