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Huskies’ zone flusters PHS girls

Big Reds commit 35 turnovers

January 22, 2008
By KERRY PATRICK, Sports Writer
PARKERSBURG —North Marion just doesn’t sit back in a 2-3 zone. They attack.

The Huskies, ranked No. 7 in the latest Class AAA girls basketball rankings, posted their ninth straight victory after defeating Parkersburg High School 83-38 Monday night at Memorial Fieldhouse.

North Marion pieced together a 13-0 run to start the game and never looked back. During those first 2 1/2 minutes, the Huskies stole the ball seven times from the Big Reds.

“We’ve been sticking with our 2-3 zone this season,” North Marion coach Mike Parrish said after his club improved to 11-1. “We have girls who are quick. They can afford to trap and they have time to recover to get back with their quickness and instincts.”

Madison Pavan’s 3-pointer from the top of the arc at the five-minute mark of the first quarter ended the shutout. The Big Reds, however, continued to get flustered by the Huskies’ halfcourt trapping pressure and turned the ball over 16 times in the first period. After eight minutes, North Marion’s advantage remained at 13 at 20-7.

The first two minutes of the second quarter gave PHS a glimmer of hope. Ignited by a trey from Tiffany Mahoney, the Big Reds scored the first six points. After an exchange of buckets and with PHS trailing 22-15, North Marion went to work again and outscored the Big Reds 15-3 over the next 3 1/2 minutes.

Sparking the run was Jessica Parsons, who knocked down three jumpers from just inside the free-throw line. By intermission, North Marion led 39-20.

“That’s the way it’s been all year for us,” PHS coach Kenny DeMoss said. “We have spurts where we play very good, but it’s the other 75 percent of the time where we are not making the right decisions and going cold from the field that hurts us.”

Tori Wilson cut the deficit to 39-24 with two straight buckets to open the third quarter. Then the floodgates opened. Mariah Byard drained a trio of 3-pointers as the Huskies scored 26 of the next 27 points.

“It’s pretty simple,” DeMoss said. “You score 11 field goals and have 35 turnovers, you are not going to win ballgames.”

Amelia Hammell led PHS (3-11) with 13 points. Tiffany Nichols paced North Marion with 21 points, while Byard added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the 3-point line.

PHS returns to action tonight at home against St. Albans.

“We just have to take care of us,” DeMoss said. “We could be playing the No. 1 team in the state every night, but if we don’t do what we are supposed to do it’s just not going to happen.”

Contact Kerry Patrick at k'>kpatrick@newsandsentinel.com'>k'>k'>kpatrick@newsandsentinel.com'>kp'>patrick@newsandsentinel.com'>patrick@newsandsentinel.com

Article Photos

Photo by Jeff Baughan
Parkersburg's Sarah Thompson, left, and North Marion's Kelsi Wright go after a loose ball during a game Monday at Memorial Fieldhouse. North Marion defeated Parkersburg, 83-38.

Fact Box

North Marion 83, Parkersburg 38

North Marion 20 19 29 15 — 83
Parkersburg 7 13 10 8 — 38
NORTH MARION (11-1)
Kelsi Wright 3-11 1-1 7, Tiffany Nicholson 9-14 2-2 21, Jessica Parsons 4-6 0-0 8, Mariah Byard 5-6 0-0 15, Brittany Hall 4-6 1-2 9, Olivia Moran 2-5 1-2 5, Courtney Swiger 2-3 1-2 5, Gabby Weber 0-0 0-0 0, Danielle Malcomb 1-1 1-2 4, Hailey Garrett 1-5 4-4 6, Mackenzie Mullenax 1-2 0-0 2, Tenay Daniels 0-1 1-2 1. TOTALS 32-60 12-17 83. 3-point goals: Byard 5, Nicholson 1, Malcomb 1.
PARKERSBURG (3-11)
Madison Pavan 1-7 0-0 3, Randi Brundige 1-7 0-0 3, Amelia Hummell 1-4 5-8 13, Tiffany Mahoney 1-4 1-2 4, Sarah Thompson 0-1 2-2 2, Tori Wilson 3-7 0-0 6, Christine Jacobs 0-2 0-0 0, Megan Ruddlesden 1-6 0-1 2, Janey Hall 0-0 2-2 2, Emma Romanowsky 0-0 2-4 2, Chelsea Conley 0-3 0-0 0, Laura Bibbee 0-0 1-2 1. TOTALS 11-51 13-21 38. 3-point goals: Pavan 1, Brundige 1, Mahoney 1.
Field-goal shooting: North Marion 32-60 (53.3%); PHS 11-51 (21.6%). Rebounds: North Marion 39 (Moran 5, Garrett 5); PHS 38 (Hammell 12). Steals: North Marion 25 (Wright 6); PHS 9 (Wilson 3). Turnovers: North Marion 25, PHS 35.
Junior varsity: North Marion 44, PHS 39. North Marion: Danielle Malcomb 5, Hailey Garrett 9, Gabby Weber 7, Courtney Swiger 7, Tenay Daniels 2, Whitney Bland 2, Alexis Steele 12. PHS: Janey Hall 2, Stacy Blake 3, Jenna Pavan 5, Megan Ruddlesden 6, Laura Bibbee 2, Ann Hammell 11, Whitnie Pinkston 7, Christine Jacobs 1, Chelsea Conley 2.
Next game: St. Albans at PHS, today.

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