Sarah Scoville remembers all to well the last time the Johnstown-Monroe High School girls basketball team played Northridge in Butt Gymnasium.

Sarah Scoville remembers all to well the last time the Johnstown-Monroe High School girls basketball team played Northridge in Butt Gymnasium.

That was on Dec. 11 last year when Scovell went up for a rebound and fell to the floor with 4 minutes, 6 seconds remaining in the second quarter. She broke a femur and missed the remainder of the season.

But the junior helped erase those memories last Thursday with a career-high 16 points and sophomore Sarah Thomas led with 19 points as Johnstown beat the Vikings 56-34 in an MBC game.

"Sure I thought about it, especially when we were warming up going into the game," said Scovell said. "But once we got out there and started playing, that all went away. I'm also recovering from an ankle sprain, so I was thinking about that a little. I just went out and played my game."

Scovell, a 5-foot-8 forward, and Thomas, a 5-7 forward, picked up their play in the paint when Northridge pressured point guard Courtney Dingess with a box-and-one zone.

"We knew we had to help out Courtney," said Thomas, who finished with 12 rebounds. "She's our only senior and our No. 1 scorer and we knew we had to pick her up."

Dingess, who entered last Thursday averaging 13.4 points per game, finished with eight points and did not make her first field goal until the first minute of the fourth quarter.

"We had a good game plan and when you can hold Dingess to eight points and having her go without a basket until the fourth quarter, you have to be happy with that," said Northridge coach Ron Florey, whose team dropped to 0-3 overall and in the MBC. "Give Johnstown their due, they wanted it more. We talked about wanting it, but Johnstown wanted it more."

Jessica Johnson, who was 8-for-8 from the foul line for Northridge, hit two free throws to cut the Vikings deficit to two at 11-9 with 4:16 remaining in the first quarter. But the Johnnies went on an 8-2 run to end the quarter with a 19-11 edge.

The size advantage Northridge had in the post was negated as 6-2 junior Keilah Ketron and Johnson, a 5-11 senior, sat much of the second quarter with foul troubles.

"We wanted to keep them from lobbing the ball into the post," said Johnstown coach Connie Allen, whose team improved to 3-3 overall and 2-2 before playing Loudonville last Saturday. "Then they got into foul trouble and we got the lead. I think we came out more aggressive in the second half and played well."

Lauren Cornwell led the Vikings with 12 points and Johnson added 10 points with four rebounds. Ketron had six points with four rebounds and Lydia George had five rebounds.

Scovell had seven rebounds for Johnstown and Holly Sammons added six rebounds and four steals. Lydia Ulrey scored six points, Kaitlyn Sapp had five points and Hannah Farley had two steals.

•The Northridge swimming teams competed last Friday with Coshocton, Heath and Newark, and last Saturday in the Mount Vernon Invitational.

The Vikings next compete Jan. 2 at Zanesville Rosecrans in the Super Duals and Jan. 9 at the Newark YMCA against Beechcroft, Big Walnut, Hartley and Watkins Memorial.

On Dec. 12, Northridge competed at Newark YMCA. The Vikings boys team beat Newark (77-68) and Beechcroft (87-43), but lost to Big Walnut (86-73). The girls defeated Big Walnut (146-90) and Beechcroft (159-57), but lost to Newark (165-107).

For the boys team, Eli Philpott won the 100-yard backstroke (1 minute, 24.75 seconds) and 400 freestyle (6:14.41) and Beau Hammock won the 200 free (2:53.6). Joe Larson was runner-up in the 100 free (1:11.83) and the 400 free relay of Paul Hager, Matt Herbst, Philpott and Larson.

In the girls meet, Northridge was runner-up in all three relays. The 200 medley relay of Mickellea Tennis, Ali Herbert, Genevieve Hager and Kendra Bonnette finished in 2:36.76 and the 200 free relay of Tennis, Herbert, Allison Everhart and Bonnette had a time of 2:20.47.

The 400 free relay of Tennis, Everhart, Bonnette and Hager finished in 5:13.04.

Hager was second in the 200 individual medley in 3:16.84 and Everhart was second in the 100 back (1:33.24).

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Johnstown-Monroe and Northridge girls basketball and wrestling teams:


*Dec. 12 -- Defeated East Knox 34-31. Courtney Dingess led with 15 points, Lydia Ulrey scored seven points and both Hannah Farley and Holly Sammons had five points. *Last Thursday -- Def. Northridge 56-34 *Last Saturday -- Played Loudonville Wednesday -- At Licking Valley *Jan. 7 -- At Fredericktown *Jan. 9 -- Home vs. Centerburg

Of note: The Johnnies were 3-3 overall and 3-2 in the MBC before last Saturday.


*Dec. 12 -- Lost to Centerburg 49-23. Lauren Cornwell led with 13 points. *Last Thursday -- Lost to Johnstown 56-34 *Last Saturday -- Played Danville Monday -- At Liberty Union Dec. 29 -- Home vs. Fisher Catholic Jan. 2 -- At Granville *Jan. 7 -- At Loudonville

Of note: The Vikings were 0-3 both overall and in the MBC before last Saturday.


*Last Wednesday -- Lost to East Knox 54-18 and lost to Fredericktown 36-18 as only four Johnnies competed. Scott Robinson was 2-0 with a pin at 161 against East Knox and a pin at 171 against Fredericktown and Daniel Deeds was 2-0 with two forfeits at 103. Hunter Cecil (152) was 1-1 with a pin and Brendan Cornwell (215) was 1-1 with a forfeit. Last Saturday -- Competed at Heath for Licking County Tournament Dec. 30 -- Home Johnstown Duals *Jan. 6 -- At Northridge for MBC match including Centerburg Jan. 8 -- Licking Heights Invitational


Dec. 11 -- Opener against Briggs and Harvest Prep was canceled because of scheduling conflict Dec. 12 -- Finished fourth of six teams by going 2-3 at the Lakewood Invitational behind champion Sandusky St. Mary (5-0). The Vikings defeated Liberty Union (53-24) and Walnut Ridge (54-24) and lost to Lakewood (34-28), Newark (39-38) and St. Mary (46-27). *Last Wednesday -- Lost to Loudonville 36-28 and lost to Utica 54-25. Anthony Verhovec (189 pounds, 7-0 overall), Shane Mulligan (125, 6-1) and Andrew Mullins (119, 5-2) all went 2-0. Alex Blake (171, 5-2), Jeff Maynard (112, 5-2), Bradley Verhovec (152, 4-3) and Thomas Williams (130, 6-1) all went 1-1. Ricky Cella (160, 0-3), Tim Sullivan (215, 0-7) and Ian Van Kirk (285, 0-7) were all 0-2. Last Saturday -- Competed at Heath for Licking County Tournament Dec. 29 -- Bloom-Carroll Duals *Jan. 6 -- Home MBC match with Johnstown and Centerburg Jan. 9 -- Home Northridge Invitational

*MBC contest