Girls Basketball Scrambles Late In Season
The Valley Lumberjills outshot the Beallsville Lady Blue Devils, but homestanding Beallsville cashed in on 22-46 foul shots, which was the deciding factor in its 49-48 win Feb. 2. The ‘Jills, meanwhile, were only 4-14 at the stripe.
Morgan Starkey shot the lights out, scoring a game-high 26 points, including a basket from beyond the arch to lead the ‘Jills’ offense. Megan Bucher added nine points, including one basket from long range. Chelsea Underwood tacked on seven markers, while Brittany Guthrie tickled the twine from beyond the arch twice for Valley.
The ‘Jills squared off against Morgantown Trinity in a defensive battle, with Trinity gaining the nod in a 48-40 victory, Feb. 3 in Morgantown.
Guthrie and Tiffany Hayes tallied half of Valley’s 40 points, while Starkey, Bucher, Morris, and Heidi Shaw split the other 20 tallies in the loss.
The Lumberjills doubled up Clay-Battelle 14-7 in the fourth period to break open a close game to win, 44-38, Feb. 5 in Blacksville.
Guthrie and Starkey led the charge with 13 points each, while Hayes and Morris teamed for a dozen points. Bucher added a deuce and a three-point basket, while Shaw chipped in a charity toss.
Lady Hornet Raven McDiffitt scored 18 markers, but couldn’t hold off Clarksburg Notre Dame, who prevailed in a 46-40 victory Feb. 3 in Clarksburg.
Macy Woods followed with eight points, including a basket from long range, while Emily Ebert knocked down six points. Mercedes Goff and Cheyenne Myers each tallied three points, while Katie Tennant was held to a deuce.
Padyn Ludewig led a balanced Blue Eagle attack that helped Magnolia split the season series with Tyler Consolidated, 60-50, Feb. 2 at Kidwell.
The home-standing Lady Knights took a 17-10 lead after eight minutes of play and posted a 24-21 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Lady Eagles outscored the Silver Knights 21-18 to take a two-point advantage heading into the final period of play, when they tallied 18 markers and held the Knights to eight points in claiming the nod.
Ludewig paced the Eagles with 23 markers, while Jordan Babe followed with 11 tallies, including one basket from beyond the arch. Dallas Mullett and Mallory Chapman teamed for 18 points, while Marissa Bosley sank eight points.
Torrye Cline and Sophie Kinnard paced the Silver Knights with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The Lady Pilots outscored Shenandoah 18-8 in the third period to break open a close game to win, 49-38, Feb. 5 at R.L. Potts Gymnasium in Hannibal.
Autumn Biesel paced the Pilots with 15 markers, while Chelsey Smith and Cassidy McCullough netted 13 and 10 points, respectively. Alexa Isaly followed with seven markers, including a long range bomb, while Emile Weaver netted four points.
In the OVAC Girls’ Basketball Championships, the Valley Lumberjills were the only area team to make the top four to play for a championship, while Magnolia, Paden City, Hundred, and River played in the consolation series Feb. 8 in various venues.
The Lumberjills faced the top-ranked Bellaire St. John Lady Irish in Bellaire. The ‘Jills fell behind 23-3 to open the game, but stayed right with the powerful Irish and made it a game. However, the huge deficit kept the ‘Jills from earning a shot at the Class-A title, losing 66-43. The Lumberjills will now play the Lady Dragons for third place Feb 10 at Cameron with tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Brittany Guthrie tallied a team-high 13 points, including four three-point baskets, while Morgan Starkey followed with eight points, including one basket from beyond the arch. Tiffany Hayes, Leah Morris, and Megan Bucher each tallied six markers, while Chelsea Underwood added four points.
In the consolation bracket, Hundred fell, 63-22, to Frontier. Mercedes Goff paced the Lady Hornets with nine points, all from beyond the arch. Macy Woods tallied five markers, including one three-point basket, while Nicole Cunningham added two baskets. Cheyenne Myers and Katie Tennant each contributed a deuce.
The Eagles’ Padyn Ludewig tallied 19 points, including two baskets from beyond the arch, but it wasn’t enough as Magnolia fell to Parkersburg South, 69-46 in the OVAC Class-AAA consolation bracket in Parkersburg.
Jordan Babe and Mallory Chapman each netted nine points, while Dallas Mullett contributed eight markers, and Abby Harlan three points.
The Lady Wildcats picked up their fourth win of the season, a 33-32 victory over Bishop Donahue in the Class-A consolation bracket in Paden City, thanks to a 12-5 run in the fourth period.
Megan Cutlip netted a game-high 14 points, while Amanda Heasley followed with 10 markers to lead the Lady ‘Cats. Dominique Craft tallied four points; Sammy Shreve, three markers; and Logan Cosper, two, for all the Lady ‘Cat scoring.
The Lady Pilots defeated the Lady Bridgeport Bulldogs in the Class-AA consolation by the score of 51-40 in Bridgeport, Ohio, made possible by a 22-8 run in the final period.
Alexa Isaly led all scorers with 17 points, including a long range bomb, while Megan Beard added a double-double, 12 points and 11 rebounds, to pace the Lady Pilots. Autumn Biesel followed with six markers, while Emile Weaver and Lexy Wells each tallied four points. Emily Dierkes and Cassidy McCullough each scored three points and Chelsea Smith two points.