Linsly 48, River 44
The OVAC girls' championships are in the history books, with the Lady River Pilots claiming the fourth spot in Class-AA after losing to Linsly 48-44 Feb. 9 at R.L. Potts Gymnasium.
River grabbed a slim 12-10 advantage after one period of play and went into intermission clinging to the same two-point lead, 27-25.
However, the Lady Cadets - behind New Martinsville residents Emma Cecil and Krista Emch - took a one point lead heading into the final period of play. Both the Lady Pilots and the Lady Cadets fought to the final buzzer, but it would be Linsly who would gain the hard fought victory.
Cecil and Emch led the charge for Linsly, while Cassidy McCullough paced the Lady Pilots with 12 points. Emile Weaver, Laken and Ladyn Ramsay each knocked in eight points, while Haylee Bowers netted four markers. Leslie Young and Emily Dierkes each drilled in a deuce for River.
Magnolia 72, Hundred 59
Balanced scoring by the visiting Lady Blue Eagles propelled them to a 72-61 victory over Hundred in the OVAC Consolation Pool contest in Hundred Feb. 8.
Katie Blatt and Mallory Chapman paced the streaking Lady Eagles with 16 points apiece, while Dallas Mullett netted 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Audrey Gibb contributed 12 points and made two steals, while Keira Standiford and Jasmine Litton teamed for 17 points. Litton also hauled in 12 rebounds, while Standiford made three steals and blocked two Lady Hornet shots.
For the Lady Hornets, it was Katie Tennant leading the charge with 18 points, while Mercedes Goff and Haley Hayes teamed for 30 points, including eight baskets from beyond the arc.
In addition, Cheyenne Myers netted seven points, while Shayna Tedrow and Oshana Topp each tallied a deuce.
The Lady Eagles will start their second season when they visit Oak Glen Feb. 18 in the opener of the WV Region I Section 2 Sectional at Oak Glen High School at 7 p.m.
St. John 62, Valley 38
St. John broke open a close game with a 16-5 run in the third period to beat Valley 62-38 in Pine Grove Feb. 9.
Megan Bucher paced the Lumberjills with a team-high 14 points, including a trio of three point baskets, while Brittany Sivert added 11 markers for the 'Jills. Dani Hayes netted five points and Samantha Thomas a deuce.
Valley will return to action when they visit Hundred Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. to open the 2012 West Virginia Region 1 sectionals.
Steubenville Central 39, Paden City 19
A dismal performance by the ladies of Paden City led to a 39-19 defeat by the visiting Steubenville Central Catholic squad in the finale of the OVAC Consolation pool play in Wildcat territory Feb. 9.
The Lady Wildcats scored only five points in the first and third periods, while netting only three points in the second period. They scored a whopping six tallies in the final stanza, while Steubenville netted only eight, six, and nine points in the first three quarters before burying the 'Cats in the fourth with 16 markers.
Paden City seniors Dominique Craft and Amanda Heasley led the 'Cats with a combined 10 points and 18 rebounds, while Lynnsie Parsons followed with three points. Kayla Hizer, Logan Cosper, and Hannah Stanley each tallied a deuce for Paden City.
"It was the worst four quarters of girls basketball I have ever seen," said Paden City Assistant Coach Bruce Crawford. And I had to be part of that and I'm very, very disappointed in the way our team played especially on our Senior Nite. It was like I was in the twilight zone and couldn't get out. It was embarrassing."