NMS 7th Grade Girls Finish Season
The Seventh Grade Girls’ Basketball Team from New Martinsville School recently wrapped up a 10-1 season with a 30-28 semifinal loss to Barnesville in the Burger King/Bellaire Sports Foundation Jr. High Basketball Tournament.
Both teams came into the game undefeated and it showed throughout. NMS player Grace Berisford led the scoring with 14 points, supported by 10 from Evan Estep. They reached the semifinal game with a 33-20 victory over Shadyside in round one. Berisford and Estep again led the scoring with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
The season began with the girls showing no nerves about playing for the school for the first time. Three different players hit the first four shots of the season and they were off and running with a 37-18 victory over Woodsfield. Berisford knocked down 18 points, followed by Anna Gibb with eight, Davianne Croasmun with five, Evan Estep four, and Bri Ritz two markers.
Game two brought in the Moundsville Trojans and they were sent home after a 33-8 NMS victory. Berisford was again top scorer with 14 points. Gibb chipped in with nine points and Maddie Howell finished with four. Croasmun, Estep, and Cedar Sands all had two points apiece.
The Ritchie County Trailblazers were next to come to town and fell by a 47-15 score. Berisford had the hot hand and hit for a season-high 22 markers. Sands also contributed her season-high with eight points. Gibb and Estep each had four, Croasmun three points, and Ritz and Sophia Herrick each had a pair. Ciera Fowler rounded out the scoring with one.
Game four sent the girls on their first bus trip to Pleasants County, where they took down the Lady Minutemen 33-13. Berisford and Estep each hit double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively. Ritz cashed in four points, with Gibb and Croasmun adding three and two a piece, respectively.
The new year started with the same results as they traveled to Moundsville for their first rematch with the Lady Trojans. Berisford’s 15 points led the team to a 30-17 victory. Gibb contributed six points, Estep five, Howell two, Ritz and Fowler one point each.
The Lady Minutemen of Pleasants County presented the Lady Eagles with their second rematch of the year. The NMS girls came through again with a convincing 34-12 win. Berisford chalked up 17 points and Gibb added nine. Ritz popped in four points, with Croasmun and Sands hitting a pair each.
A short bus ride to Tyler Consolidated improved their record to 7-0 after Berisford’s 17 points led them to a 36-12 victory over the Knights. Gibb repeated her previous nine-point performance aided by four from Herrick and two each from Croasmun and Mandi Theodore.
The annual “Blue Eagles Soar for the Cure” game brought the ladies from Short Line to NMS, where the Lady Eagles came out on top of a 25-14 defensive battle. Berisford, Estep, and Gibb did all of the scoring, landing eleven, eight, and six points, respectively.
The final regular season game saw the girls take their longest road trip of the year and come out with yet another win, 38-26, over Ritchie County. Berisford saw her streak of double figure scoring continue with 18 points. Gibb hit for her season-high of 11. Croasmun knocked down four points, Sands three, and Estep two in the win.
It was quite a thrill for the girls to get their first chance to represent their school on the basketball court. They also enjoyed playing in front of a raucous cheering section, as NMS gained a reputation for having the most enthusiastic student section around.
Also, after 10 years of coaching the girls at NMS, Brian Croasmun finally got a chance to coach his daughter on the school team.
This season will be quite a memory for the team in their first year of school competition.