Pilots Stall, 42-33
The Pilots took a 11-8 first quarter lead, but couldn’t put No. 2 seed Malvern away, losing 42-33 Saturday afternoon in Division IV sectional play.
Lauren Flannery paced the Pilots with 10 points, while Ali Long followed with nine markers. Candace Caldwell ended her career with eight points, including a basket from beyond the arc, while Carsyn Reynolds finished the River scoring with six points.
The Pilots finished the season with the OVAC Class 2A crown and will only lose Caldwell.
The Pilots will return the Division IV, District 12 Player of the Year in Lauren Flannery, as well as starters Carsyn Reynolds, Ali Long and Riley Lollathin, including a host of returning lettermen.
Lady Pilots Moving On, Trash Strasburg, 52-21
The River Pilots raced out to a commanding 18-3 lead in the opening period and never looked back in women-handling the Strasburg Tigers, 52-21, in the Ohio Division IV Sectionals, held Feb. 22 inside the RL Potts Gymnasium.
The Pilots’ lone senior, Candace Caldwell, opened the game with a conventional three-point play, and after a Strasburg free throw, the Pilots went on a 14-2 run the rest of the quarter, aided by Alli Long’s eight points and Lauren Flannery’s six markers.
The second period was somewhat the same as the first, with Flannery opening the period with a two-pointer and the Pilots going on a 5-0 run before the Tigers made their first bucket at the 4:30 mark. Long and Flannery scored the next six points before Strasburg tallied their second bucket in the second stanza.
Long and Livi Rose scored back-to-back deuces before the Tigers launched a buzzer beater inside the arch for a 33-9 deficit at the break.
The Lady Pilots weren’t going to give the Strasburg team a chance to make a comeback as they went on a 8-0 run to open the third period, starting with a Carsyn Reynolds deuce and ended the run with a Riley Lollathin steal and two-pointer off a missed Pilot free throw.
During the rest of the period, the Pilots and the Lady Tigers each tallied six markers with the Tigers ending the scoring with a made free throw, with River on top, 47-15, with eight minutes remaining in the game.
Flannery opened the final period of play with a very nice reverse lay-up, while Long ended the night with a conventional three-point play, before the Lady Tigers ended the game with a triple and a deuce for the remainder of the game.
Long paced the Pilots with 21 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double, while Flannery nearly had a triple double with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
In addition, Lollathin and Reynolds each contributed four points, while Caldwell chipped in with three points, and Rose a deuce.
River Pilots Finish Regular Season, 21-1
River raced out to a 15-6 lead against the Frontier Cougars and never looked back in picking up a school-record 21 wins in a regular season with a 64-35 victory Feb. 23 in New Matamoras.
Lukas Isaly paced the Pilots with 21 points, while Cody Hupp followed with 12 points.
Hundred Hornets Finish Season With 73-15 Loss
Weirton Madonna opened the Region I, Section I sectional with a 19-0 first quarter run and never took its feet off the pedal in beating the Hundred Hornets, 73-15, Feb. 17 in Weirton.
The short-handed Lady Hornets played with only five players, with four doing the scoring. Mahalya Britton and Emily Metz paced Hundred with five points, while Tori Hawkins added a three-ball and Kayley Hawkins a deuce.
Hundred finished the season with a 0-22 record. The Hornets will bring back all 11 players back.
Cee-Bees Swats Hornets, 60-34
After taking a modest 17-15 lead, Clay-Battelle unleashed its killer Bees in the next three quarters to win, 60-34, in a high school boys’ regular-season game Feb. 20 in Clay-Battelle High School Gymnasium.
Travis McCoy continued his outstanding season, leading the Hornets with 18 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double that also saw his first high school three-pointer.
In addition, Cody Soles added seven markers and hauled in 12 rebounds, while dishing out three assists and blocking one shot.
Adam Stephens knocked down two triples, while Skylar Goff netted one three-ball for all the Hundred scoring.
Gunner Brummage scored a game-high 25 points to lead Clay-Battelle.