South defeats John Marshall, 68-48

PARKERSBURG – The second meeting of the season between OVAC and TRAC rivals John Marshall and Parkersburg South didn’t go any better for the Monarchs than their first encounter as sophomore Keya Bartlett poured in a game-high 31 points to lead the Patriots to a 68-48 rout Tuesday night at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

“She (Bartlett) can really take over a game at times,” said veteran Parkersburg South head coach Scott Stephens. “When they (John Marshall) made that little run in the third quarter, she made a couple of shots that changed the momentum back in our favor.”

Parkersburg South, now 8-5 overall, returns to action on Thursday night when OVAC and TRAC rival Wheeling Park pays its only visit to the ROAC.

“We’ve got to beat Wheeling Park to move up in our section,” continued Stephens. “It’s going to be a challenge for us, especially without Kasey (Williams).”

Williams, who was missing for the Patriots’ starting lineup, was injured in the win over crosstown rival Parkersburg and her availability for Thursday is in doubt.

That did not make a difference on Tuesday, however, as Bartlett was a one-man show at times, tallying eight of her game-high points in the opening quarter as the Patriots raced out to a 19-9 advantage.

The 5-foot-4 sophomore continue to be a thorn in the Monarchs side with seven more points during the second eight minutes of play as Parkersburg South took a 32-18 lead into the locker rooms at the intermission.

John Marshall (10-5), who lost leading scorer Kylie Howard to a knee injury in the opening quarter, fought back behind the play of Maggie Watson, Torie Darrow and Emily Winters to pull within four points, 36-32, on a bucket by Watson at the 3:38 mark of the third quarter.

However, that would be as close as the Monarchs would get as Bartlett, who finished with 10 rebounds, picked up a loose ball and laid it in the bucket for two points that started the hosts on a 9-2 run over the final three minutes. Sophomore Katelyn Enoch tallied the next four points and Bartlett the final five as the Patriots took a 13-point, 47-34, advantage into the final eight minutes of action.

An eight minutes dominated by the Patriots’ defense.

Bartlett got things rolling by going one-for-two at the charity stripe and then the hosts’ defense got in the action as John Marshall missed its first five shots of the quarter and committed three turnovers that led to easy buckets by the Patriots as the margin ballooned to 24 points, 58-34, with five minutes remaining in the game.

“This wasn’t one of our better shooting nights, but when our girls play defense like they did tonight then we can afford an off night from the field,” added the South coach. “The win is still kind of hollow though because they lost (Kylie) Howard. She’s just a great player and it was a shame to see her go down with that knee.”

Joining Bartlett in double figures was Taryn McCutcheon with 12 and Carlie Wilson with 10. Wilson became only the fifth freshman in the school’s history to start as a freshman joining McCutcheon, Bartlett, Anna Hayton and Jill Stephens.

John Marshall was paced by Darrow’s 12 points. Alyssa George chipped in with 10 points and Watson added nine.