PARKERSBURG - From down 6-0 to start the game, visiting Belpre outscored Parkersburg Catholic 66-43 the rest of the way as the Golden Eagles soared to a 66-49 girls basketball win over the host Crusaderettes Friday night.
The victory improved Belpre to 14-2 on the season, with its only two losses coming at the hands of TVC powers Eastern and Waterford. The Golden Eagles play host to Eastern today, with the JV game at 11 a.m. followed by the varsity contest.
For Catholic, now 4-12, which had won two out of its last three outings, Reily Sturm tallied 18 points, Alexis Saunders 12 and Alex Schaffer 10.
But Belpre countered with four cagers in double figures - led by Sierra Barker with 22, Katelyn Hughes with 13, and 10 each by Cheyenne Barker and Jackie Cunningham - as well as eight from Hannah Lawrentz.
After a Sturm trey and Saunders' three-point play in the first minute and a half, the Golden Eagles notched the next six points - four by Hughes - to pull even at the 4:49 mark of the opening period.
But then Schaffer scored seven points in an 8-1 run to propel PC ahead by 14-7 with 2:11 left in the first, only to have Belpre rally back with a 7-2 run in the last l:52 up to the quarter break, narrowing the Golden Eagles' deficit to 16-14.
The second stanza saw Belpre zoom on top from 18-14 behind into leads of 22-18 and 26-20 by 4:12 of the period, and ended the first half with a 31-27 point advantage.
The Crusaderettes, though, continued to hang in there in the third quarter until Belpre bagged back-to-back treys by Cunningham and Sierra Barker for a 11-point bulge, 41-30, at 5:12. The gap went to 13 at 43-30 a minute later on a Cheyenne Barker hoop, and was 50-39 going to the fourth quarter, that saw the Golden Eagles' lead peak six times at 15 before Ashley Jenkins scored with six seconds left for the final 17-point spread.
"We started out a little choppy, what with having played last night," said Belpre head coach Scott Miller. "But I just emphasized to our girls after the game what a team effort this was. Tonight for me, defense was the headline for us."
Catholic head coach Marty Vierheller gave Belpre "a lot of credit because they played consistently hard while I thought that we were consistently inconsistent. Our defense really let us down. I felt like we were all kind of on a different page, and we didn't jell, we didn't click. I know one thing - that wasn't us out there tonight."
Roane County 52, Wirt County 41
ELIZABETH - In a game that was supposed to be played today, visiting Roane County outscored Wirt County in every stanza here Friday night and left town with a 52-41 triumph.
The Raiders, now 5-9 with a home game Monday versus Ravenswood, received a game-high 18 points from Cassidy Taylor. Mary Westfall had nine points while Hannah Hardman and Shania Lloyd chipped in eight markers apiece.
Liz Adams led the 3-12 Tigers, who play Tuesday at Calhoun County, with 15 points while teammate Cori Hughes contributed eight counters.
Wood County Christian 50,
Elk Valley Christian 40
WILLIAMSTOWN -Wood County Christian ran its record to 9-5 here Friday night, using a 12-2 fourth quarter to put away stubborn El Valley Christian.
Heather Lord led the winners with 21 points while Hannah Lord added 13.
Parkersburg Christian 45,
South Charleston Christian 25
SOUTH CHARLESTON -Parkersburg Christian's girls recorded their seventh win here Friday, downing South Charleston Christian, 45-25.
Parkersburg (7-6) led 24-6 at halftime. The Knights were led by Camie Marlow with 16 points and Faith Dahn with 15.
South Charleston (1-6) got six points each from Hannah Shaffer and Casey Hartleben.
Parkersburg Christian will entertain Ohio Valley Christian on Monday.
Braxton County 73, Calhoun County 63
FLATWOODS - Braxton County senior Cody Hilton poured in a career-high 32 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help lead the host Eagles to a 73-63 victory Friday night against Calhoun County.
The Red Devils, now 3-7 with a road affair Wednesday at Gilmer County, were outscored 39-17 in the middle two quarters. Ryan Slider led the visitors with 23 points and 10 boards.
Thomas Pritt added 18 points for the 3-7 Eagles, who are scheduled to play host tonight versus Ritchie County.
Parkersburg Christian 51,
South Charleston Christian 21
SOUTH CHARLESTON -Visiting Parkersburg Christian led 46-8 after three quarters here Friday night and cruised to a 51-21 win over South Charleston Christian.
Parkersburg Christian (6-7) was led by Korben Wright with 12 points while Evan Schoolcraft added 11, Harlan Bowser 10 and Kendall Wright eight.
South Charleston got 10 points from Bert Barrett and nine from Brandon Miller.
Parkersburg Christian returns home on Monday to meet Ohio Valley Christian in a tripleheader that starts at 5 p.m. with a freshman boys game followed by the varsity girls and varsity boys.
Williamstown 79, Tyler Consolidated 59
KIDWELL - Backed by a solid second-quarter showing, Williamstown defeated Tyler Consolidated, 79-59, on Friday night.
Tyler Consolidated trailed 16-12 before Williamstown outscored the Silver Knights 26-7 in the second period.
Landon Travis led the Yellowjackets (7-3) with 24 points, while Chandler Weber added 23 points. Also scoring in double figures for Williamstown was Dakota Watson with 12 points.
Three Tyler Consolidated (4-10) players scored in double figures, including Dylan Reynolds with 14 points, and Jace Reed and Kordell Stewart with 13 points apiece.
Wood County Christian 66,
Elk Valley Christian 53
WILLIAMSTOWN -Wood County Christian flexed its muscle in the second half and defeated Elk Valley Christian 66-53 on Friday night.
Elk Valley led WCCS 32-28 before the Wildcats outscored their guests 38-21 in the second half.
Patrick Goff led WCCS (13-4) with 23 points, while Isaac Brown added 16 points.
Trety Suffle led Elk Valley with 25 points.
Wahama 57, Southern 54
MASON -Wahama hit seven of seven free throws down the stretch here Friday to preserve a hard-fought 57-54 win over visiting Southern.
The White Falcons (5-7) were led by Hunter Rose with 21 points while Hunter Bradley added 14 and Wyatt Zuspan 13.
Southern (9-3) got 16 points from Tristan Wolfe and 11 from Dennis Teaford.
Wahama will entertain Federal Hocking tonight.
Federal Hocking 54, Waterford 45
STEWART - A second-quarter push enabled Federal Hocking to establish a comfort zone in a 54-45 win against Waterford Friday night.
The two teams played to an 11-11 tied after one quarter, but Federal Hocking outscored Waterford 20-10 in the second quarter.
Ivan Santiago led Federal Hocking (8-6) with 17 points, while Pete Crum pitched in 15 points. Alex Nichols also added 13 points for the Lancers.