Updated Wed, Dec 25, 2013 1:51 pm
The Nelsonville-York basketball program wrapped a pre-Christmas gift for the Buckeye faithful this week, going 3-1 overall. Both the boys and girls programs have conference records sitting at .500, and are both within two games of the top spot in the TVC-Ohio.
After a turbulent 2-2 start to their season, the boys team had a week to prepare for their next two games, which would be played on back-to-back nights.
The Buckeyes’ first contest of the week came at home against conference foe Alexander on Dec. 20. Nelsonville showed no rust after their seven-day layoff, winning 61-47. The 14-point victory became the Buckeyes’ most lopsided win of the young season, and evened up the team’s conference record at 1-1, where it would stay throughout the rest of the week.
Nelsonville-York’s second game was much more of a nail-biter. The Buckeyes hosted the Crooksville Ceramics of the Muskingum Valley League on Dec. 21. Much like actual ceramic, Crooksville’s team proved to be tough to crack, but Nelsonville was still able to eek out a 58-54 win.
The Buckeyes’ 2-0 week lifted the team’s overall record to 4-2. Nelsonville’s boys will have six days off to celebrate the holiday season before hitting the road to face non-conference opponents Miller and Berne Union on Dec. 27 and Dec. 28, respectively.
The Lady Buckeyes, meanwhile, have had a much different start to their year. After winning their first six games, Nelsonville dropped two in a row heading into competition this week.
Unfortunately for the Lady Buckeyes, their losing streak was extended to three when they visited a tough Vinton County squad on Dec. 19. Nelsonville put up a good fight, but the Lady Vikings came away with a 50-45 win in McArthur. The loss dropped N-Y’s ladies to 2-2 in the TVC-Ohio, where they would finish the week.
However, the Lady Buckeyes were able to right the ship in their second contest of the week against River Valley on Dec. 21. Nelsonville-York gave their hometown fans a treat, taking the game 54-30 and clinching their first win at home since Dec. 5.
The Lady Buckeyes’ 1-1 week moved the team to an overall record of 7-3.
Nelsonville-York’s girls will have a week to relax during the holiday season before lacing up at Southern High School to take the Lady Tornadoes on Dec. 28.