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MANCHESTER, Ohio — Desiree Simpson scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and made four steals to help Symmes Valley to a season-opening 74-52 victory over Ripley (Ohio) in the Manchester Tip-Off Classic in girls high school basketball.

Kylee Thompson scored 15 points and Jenna Malone 12, helping counter a 25-point performance by the Greyhounds’ Riley Finn. Grace Taylor chipped in 14 points for the Blue Jays.

Symmes Valley led 12-9 after one quarter then pulled away for a 38-22 halftime lead.

SYMMES VALLEY 12 26 28 8 — 74: Malone 12, Lyons 8, Beckett 6, Ellison 6, Durst 0, Simpson 16, Thompson 15, Gordon 5, Thompson 4, Day 0, Patterson 2.

RIPLEY 9 13 10 20 — 52: Hutchinson 4, Taylor 14, K. Finn 9, R. Finn 25, Abbott 0, Armcraft 0.

PORTSMOUTH 61, WHITEOAK 43: The Trojans overcame a 15-4 deficit to defeat the Wildcats in the Manchester Tip-Off Classic.

Freshman Daysha Reid made seven 3-point shots and scored 33 points for Portsmouth (1-0). Sophomore Emily Cheatham scored 12. Jaylie Parr led Whiteoak with 18 points.

PORTSMOUTH 13 19 11 18 — 61: Cheatham 12, Trinidad 3, D. Reid 31, Potts 0, Ay. Carr 4, Meadows 0, Cofer 0, K. Reid 0, Jarvis 0, Am. Carr 0.

WHITEOAK 15 10 7 11 — 43: McMullen 2, Monteith 3, Hill 14, McMullen 0, Carr 2, Roberts 0, Thompson 0, Hawkins 0, Yeager 4.

TVC 65, OVC 18: Matalee Brown scored 31 points to pace Teays Valley Christian (2-0) to a triumph over Ohio Valley Christian (0-1) in Gallipolis, Ohio. Madeline Young led the Defenders with eight points. Zada Murphy pulled down 12 rebounds for the Lions.

RIVER VALLEY 40, GALLIA ACADEMY 32: Lauren Twyman scored 20 points to lead the Raiders (1-0) past the Blue Angels (0-1) in Centenary, Ohio. Kenya Peck scored 14 points for Gallia Academy.

WHEELERSBURG 55, ELYRIA CATHOLIC 48: Alaina Keeney scored 16 points, Lexie Rucker 15 and Makenna Walker 13 in the Pirates’ season-opening victory over the Panthers in the Rumble in the Jungle in New Lexington, Ohio. Carter McCray led Elyria Catholic (0-1) with 13 points.

Boys basketball

TVC 88, OVC 24: Kris Lin and Richard Fu each scored 13 points as Teays Valley Christian (4-0) routed the host Defenders (0-1). Conner Walter led Ohio Valley Christian with 11 points.

Tim Stephens is a sports writer with The Herald-Dispatch.

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