Let's hear it for the girls.
What a weekend it was for girls high school basketball teams from the city of Parkersburg.
Start with Parkersburg South.
Coach Scott Stephens' Patriots were invited to play in the Big Atlantic Classic in Beckley, where it was likely South would meet another band of Patriots -from George Washington High School - in the finals.
Indeed, the Patriotic battle took place and was quite one-sided as South dominated from start to finish, winning by a 25-point margin, 68-43.
The amazing thing about the Patriots is that this is one of the youngest teams in the state. It is led by sophomore Keya Bartlett and a trio of freshmen -Taryn McCutcheon, Katelyn Byrd and Anna Hayton. South girls basketball has a bright future.
On to Parkersburg High. Once Memorial Fieldhouse finished conducting the Mountain State Athletic Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, PHS rolled up the mats, swept the gym floor and got ready for a girls basketball game pitting the Big Reds of coach Kenny DeMoss against No. 5 rated Princeton.
What was a long ride up I-77 for the visiting Tigers became a longer ride back as PHS stormed to a 20-7 first-quarter lead, stretched its margin to 18 at halftime and cruised to a 68-54 win, its 11th victory of the season. Haley Ackerman scored 20 points while both Kennedy Walker and Imani Ward added 16 for Parkersburg.
Completing the city sweep on Saturday was Marty Vierheller's Parkersburg Catholic squad, which traveled to Ravenswood for a vitally important Little Kanawha Conference contest.
A win and the Crusaderettes would earn a spot in the league's Night of Champions as Catholic would qualify for the No. 2 position in the North Division behind St. Marys. A loss and PC wouldn't be participating in the league's biggest show of the season.
Catholic struggled early, falling behind 14-11 after the first quarter.
With eight minutes left to play, the game was tied at 30. It was do-or-die time for the Crusaderettes and they not only came through, but they also outscored Ravenswood 22 to 11 in the all-important fourth quarter.
Just five players scored for Catholic in its 52-41 win, but four reached double figures as Alex Schaffer led the way with 13, while Maddie Roedersheimer contributed 12 and Leah Hughes and Reily Sturm had 10 points each. Rachel Nill's 7 completed the scoring for PC, which canned 18 of 23 free throws.
Walking into the office Sunday with the intention of writing a girls basketball column, I was greeted by the news the West Virginia University women of coach Mike Carey had upset No. 20 Oklahoma, blasting the Sooners, 82-63, at the Coliseum.
A perfect ending to a great weekend of girls basketball.
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