Pioneer Boys Light Up Arrows, Girls Lose Squeaker To Red Raiders

The Jonathan Alder varsity basketball teams had both a win and a loss this past weekend as the Pioneer boys blasted Tecumseh Friday, while the girls lost a nail-biter to London Saturday.


Jonathan Alder 60, Tecumseh 37

NEW CARLISLE – Jonathan Alder shot the lights out Friday as the Pioneers went 19-of-29 from the field for an unbelievable 65.5 shooting percentage – including going 8-of-15 from 3-point land – as they stomped host Tecumseh, 60–37, in Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division boys varsity basketball action.

With the win, the Pioneers improve to 3–1 in conference play and sit alone atop the CBC Kenton Trail Division, one game ahead of Bellefontaine, Kenton Ridge, Springfield Shawnee and Tecumseh, which all carry 2-2 league marks.

Interestingly, the Pioneers, who are now 5-5 on the season, had a better shooting percentage from the floor than it did from the foul line as the visitors hit 14-of-22 free throws for 63 percent. Jonathan Alder had a whopping 17 assists on its 19 baskets and hauled in 20 defensive rebounds to keep the Arrows from getting second-chance points.

Peyton Heiss went 4-of-5 from the field – including hitting all three of his 3-point shots – and closed with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the winners. Carter Harrington was a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor and had 10 points. Will Jackson came off the bench for the Pioneers and hit two of his three shots from the field while going 6-of-7 from the charity stripe to also finish with 10 points for the winners.

 Luke Ehlinger with the Arrows had seven points.

The Pioneers hit the floor again Tuesday when they host Benjamin Logan in a CBC crossover game at JAHS with the varsity game scheduled for 7:30 p.m.



London 38, Jonathan Alder 35

PLAIN CITY – Despite a 17-point outburst from Evan Platfoot, the Jonathan Alder girls couldn’t overcome a nine-point first quarter deficit, falling to London, 38-35, in a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division game Saturday.

The Pioneers fell behind 14-5 after the first quarter, and couldn’t quite claw their way back, despite outscoring the Red Raiders 20-14 in the second half.

Jonathan Alder was plagued by shooting woes, connecting on just 12-of-45 shots from the field for 26 percent, and a poor 6-of-15 from the foul line for 40 percent.

Platfoot ended the game with three 3-pointers and went 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. Natalie Walker yanked in 11 rebounds for the Pioneers and ended with eight points. Jaxsyn Murdock closed with six boards and four points and Delana Dietrich picked up three steals and three points for Jonathan Alder.

Natalie Zabloudil had 12 points and 12 rebounds for London.

Jonathan Alder is now 2-2 in the CBC Kenton Trail Division and falls to 4-9 on the season. The Pioneers host Benjamin Logan in a CBC crossover game Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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