Warren girls defeat Marietta, 44-37

VINCENT – Entering Wednesday night, the seniors on the Warren High girls basketball team had never beaten Marietta.

That no longer holds true, as the Warriors claimed a 44-37 victory over the Tigers at Warrior Coliseum Wednesday night.

It was all about defense early on, as Warren held Marietta to two points in the first quarter. The Tigers were still in it, however, as they held the Warriors to just seven points.

Jordanna Rauch opened the scoring with a layup, which was the only basket of the quarter until the 2:17 mark when Kaitlyn Cozzens hit a layup for Marietta. Mackenzie Ullman hit a free throw in between jumpers from Emma Ryan and Amy Fleming to put Warren up 7-2 at the end of one.

Points were a little easier to come by in the second quarter. Erica Dawson opened it up with a pair of free throws to make it 7-4.

Dawson, who had missed the past couple weeks with a wrist injury, was unexpectedly cleared to play before the contest. Although Dawson appeared to be rusty, she was able to lead the team in scoring with 24 points.

Rauch hit a corner 3 to spark a 13-0 run, during which Victoria Buzzard hit seven free throws to stretch the lead to 20-4. Dawson stopped the bleeding momentarily with a 3-pointer and a jumper before Rauch and Kendra Lynch each hit a free throw to make the score 22-9. Starr Johnson scored a putback layup and Dawson hit two foul shots to close out the half with Warren up 22-13.

The win improved Warren’s record to 11-7, while the loss dropped Marietta to the same record.

Both teams are back in action Saturday, with Marietta hosting Dover and Warren traveling to play Chillicothe.

St. Marys 58,

Parkersburg Catholic 40

ST. MARYS – Host St. Marys bested Parkersburg Catholic 58-40 here Wednesday night as the Blue Devils got 20 points from Audra Clark and 17 from Kendra Walker.

St. Marys, bound for the championship game of the LKC Night of Champions, jumped out to a 14-6 lead after one period of play and expanded that to 32-20 at the half.

Catholic, 11-6 overall and 7-4 in the LKC North, got 12 points from Maddie Roedersheimer, nine from Rachel Nill, eight from Leah Hughes and seven from Alex Schaffer.

St. Marys (17-1, 11-0 LKC North) grabbed 39 rebounds with Clark getting 15 and Walker eight.

PC now needs to win at Ravenswood Saturday night to get into the third-place NOC game, or the spot will go to either Ravenswood or Williamstown.

Ritchie County 43,

Calhoun County 7

MT. ZION – Visiting Ritchie County, now 8-9, rolled over Calhoun County 43-7 here Wednesday night.

The Rebels outscored the Red Devils (3-13) by a 14-0 margin in the first quarter to start the rout.

Calhoun’s best period was its five points in the third,

Ritchie was led by Tristin Toman with 13 points, while Sam Harris tallied four for Calhoun.

Boys

Parkersburg South 75, John Marshall 42

GLEN DALE – No. 7 Class AAA Parkersburg South cruised to a 75-42 victory over host John Marshall here Wednesday night.

The Patriots, now 12-3, got off to a good start, leading 21-11 after one quarter, then used a 22-13 second-period advantage to up their margin to 43-24 by halftime.

South was paced by Wes Mitchem with 24 points while Doug Dennis netted 15.

For JM, now 4-10, Ryan Davis led with 13 points while Cole Sobutka added 12,

Mitchem scored his 1,000th career point in the game, He needed 16 and got 24, so now has 1,008.

Next up for South at 5:40 p.m. Friday in Beckley at the Big Atlantic Classic is Musselman.

Riverside 59,

Parkersburg 52

QUINCY -Riverside outscored visiting Parkersburg High, 16-9, in the fourth quarter here Friday night to take a 59-52 Mountain State Athletic Conference win over the visiting Big Reds.

Parkersburg (5-11) battled the Warriors on even terms for three quarters before faltering in the final eight minutes. Trevor Britton led PHS with 19 points while Ben Umpleby added 13.

Riverside (7-10) got 16 points from Marcus Reed and 11 from Tyus Wood.

PHS returns to action on Friday when George Washington invades Memorial Fieldhouse for a makeup game.

Ripley 65, Capital 62

CHARLESTON – Casey Smith’s 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter put visiting Ripley ahead for good here Wednesday as the Vikings upended Capital, 65-62.

Smith led all scorers with 25 points while teammates Kade Harrison (19) and Chuck Sleboda (10) also tallied double figures.

Austin Coleman tossed in 23 points and Brad Grose 18 for the Cougars.