Second Half Propels South Past River
Parkersburg South netted 8 of 10 free throws in the fourth period to help propel the visitors to a 55-49 repeat victory over the River Pilots, Jan. 7 inside a packed RL Potts Gymnasium.
The Pilots opened the game on fire, outscoring the Patriots 23-15, including nine points by Ohio State recruit Jensen Caretti.
Neither team scored much in the second stanza. Parkersburg South started to exert itself on the offensive side, keyed by the long range shooting of Anna Haython. However, the Pilots’ Lauren Flannery tallied a conventional three-point play after another three-ball by Haython, heading into the final period of play.
Haython drained another deep three-pointer to open the fourth to give South its first lead of the game. South extended its lead to 49-41 before the Pilots scored the next five points to close the gap to 49-46.
However, that was as close as the Pilots got as Parkersburg South was able to convert its free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach for the win.
Caretti and Brielle Williams paced the 11-2 Pilots with 15 points each, while Caretti stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, dished out three assists, rejected four South shots and made three steals.
Bailey Caldwell followed with eight markers, while Flannery chipped in with seven and Abby Caldwell posted a four spot to round out the Pilot scoring.
“They made the plays and we didn’t, especially in the second half,” Pilots coach Rick Isaly. “We turned the ball over and forced too many passes. We just were tired. They substituted more than we did and that hurt us inside especially in the second half.”
The defending state Class AAA runnerup was paced by the trio of Katelyn Bryd with 17 points, Haython with a dozen, and KyKalon Fallon with 11 points.