PARKERSBURG - An 18-0 lead after one quarter and an 21-0 advantage before visiting Doddridge County scored was the springboard to a 49-22 Parkersburg Catholic girls basketball victory over the Bulldogs in an LKC North game Tuesday night.
The win upped the No. 7 Class A Crusaderettes to 10-5 overall and 6-3 in the LKC North while Doddridge dropped to 2-12.
PCHS is home the rest of the week as well, versus No. 9 Williamstown at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Trinity at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Leah Hughes led the way scoring Wednesday for Catholic with 24 points, followed by Maddie Roedersheimer with 10, Alex Schaffer with eight and Reily Sturm with seven.
For Doddridge, Tori Stevens netted eight points, Haley Stephenson five and Tiffany Paugh four.
Catholic used the foul line early to score seven of its first 12 points. Then Hughes, who registered nine points in the opening period, got a hoop off an inbounds steal with 46 seconds left before tossing in a 40-foot trey at the 0.2-second mark for the 18-0 lead after the initial eight minutes of play.
It was 21-0 almost 2 1/2 minutes into the second stanza before Doddridge finally lit up the scoreboard on a Kaity Robinson foul shot. The 'Dogs tallied seven points in the period, but Hughes with six points and Roedersheimer with four scored all PC's second-quarter points as the Crusaderettes led 28-7 at halftime.
By the end of the third quarter, Catholic had built a 26-point cushion at 42-16.
And in the fourth quarter, a Schaffer trey at 4:56 followed by a pair of Hughes free throws at 4:14 gave the Crusaderettes their largest lead of the night - 29 points - at 49-20.
Catholic head coach Marty Vierheller, pleased with his team's ''strong start,'' praised the defensive prowess and savvy of Roedersheimer. ''Not only is Maddie a great rebounder, but also an outstanding defender,'' he said. ''Tonight, we put her on D'Andra Swiger, and she didn't score - that was because of a super job by Maddie on her. But I'm always pleased with how she plays at both ends of the floor.''