STEUBENVILLE - Before tipoff of Thursday's boys basketball game between Steubenville Big Red and John Marshall at the Crimson Center their was a moment of silence to honor the passing of one of Big Red's own, freshman Lee West, who died in a house fire on Tuesday. The Big Red Boosters collected money for Lee West's family before the game and the visiting Monarchs did their part to chip in.
"If I say anything I want to thank the team and the faculty from John Marshall," Big Red head coach Mike Haney said. "They donated $1,100 to Lee West's family and that's unbelievable.
"We're competitive and everything, but when something happens it's nice to see teams unite and do things for one another."
QUIET TIME — A moment of silence was held to honor Lee West, a freshman at Steubenville High School, who died in a house fire Tuesday, as his family was at center court.
-- Fred Younce
Added John Marshal head coach Bill Storm, "That's what the Ohio Valley does. I'm really proud of the students of John Marshall High School. It seems like the news only finds negative things, but I wish they'd report about the good things. We had two of our starters go around and collect over $300 between two class periods today (Friday).
"That's the kind of kids we have at John Marshall."
After the tip Big Red honored their friend and family member by putting together a complete team effort that saw 12 different kids in the home white jerseys score en route to a 73-40 win over the Monarchs.
Big Red 73, John Marshall 40
John Marshall 9 14 11 6 - 40
Big Red 17 16 19 22 - 73
JOHN MARSHALL: D. Och 0 1-2 1, Davis 1 0-1 2, Kibert 0 0-0 0, Filben 1 3-6 5, Crow 0 0-0 0, Wade 5 2-4 12, Fonner 3 0-4 6, L. Och 0 0-0 0, Allen 0 0-0 0, Magers 3 0-0 7, Brautigan 3 1-3 7 Sobutka 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 16 7-20 40. 3-pointers: Magers.
BIG RED: West 4 0-0 9, Linn 5 2-2 12, Snyder 0 1-2 1, Sherrell 3 0-0 6, Lawson 2 1-1 5, Garcia 1 1-1 3, Luke 0 0-0 0, Lavender 2 2-2 6, Houst 4 1-1 9, Du. Davis 2 0-2 4, Da. Davis 0 1-3 1, Richmond 6 3-5 15, Law 1 0-0 2, Sterling 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 30 12-19 73. 3-pointers: West.
Big Red started fast, jumping out to a 17-9 lead after the first quarter. Periogn West, Lee West's cousin, knocked down a jumper for the game's first two points and Big Red looked to be cruising early with six different kids scoring in the opening stanza.
"I mean it's just unbelievable for young kids, with as much as has gone on, that they came out in the Weirton game right after what happened Tuesday and then coming out tonight, with all the different emotions they're going through, to come out with that kind of intensity was unbelievable," said Haney.
John Marshall did not lay down though, chipping away at the Steubenville lead until, with 3:25 left, the Monarchs pulled within two at 21-19.
"I'm just glad we came back from the first run," said Storm. "When you're 4-10 and things start falling apart you can quit, but these kids regrouped and came back.
"We cut it to 21-19, but our lack of ability to handle the ball continues to kill us."
The young men from Steubenville never gave up the lead though, ending the half on an 11-4 run and taking a 32-23 lead into intermission. Periogn West led his squad in the first half, scoring all nine of his points.
The momentum continued to swing towards Big Red to start the second half, with Big Red opening the third quarter on a 10-0 run to increase the lead to 42-23. Steubenville pushed the lead as high as 21 points, at 49-28, before eventually holding a 51-34 lead after three quarters.
Things went from bad to worse from there for the Monarchs as Big Red had its most dominant quarter of the game in the fourth, outscoring John Marshall 22-6 in the game's final eight minutes to cruise to the 73-40 final.
Malik Richmond and John Linn were the main catalysts offensively for Big Red in the second half. Richmond scoring 12 of his game-high 15 points and Linn scoring 10 of his 12 in the final two quarters. William Houst joined Periogn West with nine points for the game.
John Marshall big man Justin Wade was the only Monarch in double-digits with 12, though due to Big Red's defensive pressure on the ball he went stretches without seeing touches on the offensive end.
"I think there were a lot of turnovers before they could get it down to him," said Haney. "I know in the first game he scored 28 on us. I know he had some points tonight, but what we tried to do was pressure them because he's a nice, wide body and you can't play on one side of him because the other side is open for layups.
"He's a good player.
"We said he can score, but to not let the other guys score because it kills you when they get two or three guys scoring double-digits."
Big Red takes to the court again Monday at the Crimson Center in a make up game against St. Clairsville and then again on Tuesday, hosting Cambridge on senior night.