The Trojans — ranked No. 5 in the first Associated Press state poll in Division IV — improved to 10-2 overall and 6-1 in the FC with the win. They were coming off losses to unbeaten opponents on the road at St. Paul (69-66) and Lucas (70-54).
In Friday’s win, Simon Blair scored a game-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting. He added five rebounds, five steals and three assists. David Lamoreaux finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for S.C., while Isaiah Seidel scored 10 points, and Evan Legg had nine and Blaine Wheeler scored eight.
For the Eagles (7-4, 4-3), Isaac Roeder had 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals. Mason Tonelli also had 13 points to go with five rebounds, while Cody Schaffer scored 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
South Central visits New London on Thursday while the Eagles host St. Paul on the same night.
MONROEVILLE (7-4, 4-3)
Jace Camp 2-0—6; Trevor Schafer 0-1—1; Merrit Key 1-0—3; Cody Schaffer 5-0—11; Isaac Roeder 5-2—13; Mason Tonelli 4-2—13; Jimmy Clingman 1-0—2. TOTALS 18-5—49.
SOUTH CENTRAL (10-2, 6-1)
Simon Blair 9-2—21; David Lamoreaux 7-3—17; Isaiah Seidel 3-4—10; Blaine Wheeler 3-0—8; Evan Legg 4-1—9; Jackson McCormack 1-0—2. TOTALS 27-10—67.
Monroeville 9 14 7 19 — 49
So. Central 18 16 22 11 — 67
3-point FGs: (M) Tonelli 3, Camp 2, Key, Schaffer, Roeder; (SC) Wheeler 2, Blair
Margaretta 63, Willard 61 OT
CASTALIA -- Jake Leibacher hit a short runner just before the final buzzer to give Margaretta a 63-61 overtime win over Willard on Friday night.
It was the first loss of the season for Willard, which fell to 9-1, 3-1 in the Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division. Margaretta improved to 6-5, 3-2.
The game went into overtime at 55-55 after Willard's Terry Baldridge made one of two free throws in the final minute of regulation.
Willard's Cooper Parrott hit a jump shot to give the Crimson Flashes a 57-55 lead early in the extra session. Brycetyn Hedden answered for Margaretta to tie the game before two Leibacher free throws gave the Polar Bears a 59-57 lead.
A 3-pointer by Terry Baldridge gave Willard its last lead at 60-59. Leibacher made two free throws with 35 seconds on the clock to give Margaretta a one-point lead.
Willard had a few chances in a wild flurry on its final possession. Myles Pinkston was fouled after grabbing an offensive rebound. He made his first free throw to tie the game at 61 but missed the second, setting up Leibacher's buzzer-beating heroics.
The Crimson Flashes visit Tiffin Columbian (6-4) in a non-league game on Saturday.
WILLARD (9-1, 3-1)
Terry Baldridge 7-3—29; Austin Adelman 1-2—4; Myles Pinkston 1-2—4; Micah Dawson 1-0—2; Cooper Parrott 7-4—22. TOTALS 23-11—61.
MARGARETTA (6-5, 3-2)
Nathan Schaefer 2-2—7; Brycetyn Hedden 4-2—10; Spencer Michel 3-0—6; Daltyn Wiedbrauk 3-3—9; Jake Leibacher 9-9—29; Ben Palomo 1-0—2. TOTALS 22 16—63.
Willard 7 11 21 16 6 — 61
Margaretta 13 11 18 13 8 — 63
3-point FGs: (W) Baldridge 4, Parrott 4; (M) Liebacher 2, Schaefer