Warren girls too much for Waterford, 58-55
WATERFORD – Warren girls head coach Amy Colgrove has been looking for her team to come up with that one big win that might help get them over the hump this season.
The second-year head coach may have gotten just that Wednesday night as the Warriors came up with a big 58-55 win over the Waterford Wildcats in a non-conference battle at Waterford High School.
“We were able to do some things down the stretch tonight that we haven’t been able to do all season,” said Colgrove. “That’s a great team that we beat and a very big step for us in the right direction.”
The Warriors used a big first quarter from Emma Ryan to jump out to an early 14-6 lead.
The senior post player connected on all four of her first quarter field goal attempts to score nine of those first 14 Warrior points.
The Wildcats got a pair of free throws from Brooke Drayer and an old fashioned three-point play by Dani Drayer to close the lead to 14-11 at the end of one.
Warren managed to keep the Wildcats at arms length throughout much of the second quarter and an inside score by Ryan on a beautiful pass from Josey Riffle with three minutes to play gave the Warriors a 26-19 lead.
Waterford got a late 3-ball by Dani Drayer and a runner by Brooke Drayer closed the lead to four before Warren’s Victoria Buzzard closed out the first half with a jumper to send the blue and white to the locker room with a 30-24 lead.
Both teams struggled to take care of the basketball as each squad coughed up 13 turnovers in the opening half and combined for 54 in the game.
“We made a lot of mistakes tonight due to their pressure,” said Waterford head coach Jerry Close. “They were able to do some things to us that other teams haven’t been able to.”
Despite the high amount of turnovers, the Warriors’ ball movement was outstanding at the offensive end, as Warren tallied assists on 11 of 13 field goals made in the first half.
The third quarter would be split right down the middle as the Wildcats dominated the opening half before the Warriors came charging back in the second four minutes.
The green and white went on a 12-0 run including four points each by Brooke Drayer and non-starter Regan Porter, to claim their biggest lead of the game at 36-30.
Warren, which plays host Saturday to Portsmouth, answered quickly as it scored the final 11 points of the quarter with back-to-back treys from Jordanna Rauch and Buzzard closing the quarter out with the Warriors in front by five at 41-36.
“Victoria (Buzzard) has been playing great basketball for us lately,’ said Colgrove. “She has been improving every game.”
The Warriors (7-6) continued their surge by scoring eight of the first 10 points in the final quarter and found themselves with a double-digit lead at 48-38 with six minutes to play.
Waterford (11-3) was not quite ready to pack it up quite yet and a 10-0 run over the next three and a half minutes tied things up once more at 48-48.
Rauch sent Warren back in front with her third trey of the game and after Brooke Drayer answered with a beautiful drive to the bucket with the left hand, Ryan and Rauch scored a pair of points apiece to push the lead to 55-50 with less than a minute to go.
The Wildcats, who play host to Wahama tonight, got a huge 3-ball by freshman Dani Drayer to get the game back to one possession.
Parkersburg Catholic 49, Tyler Consolidated 29
KIDWELL – Class A No. 5 Parkersburg Catholic limited host Tyler Consolidated to single-digit scoring in three quarters Wednesday night in a 49-29 LKC North win over the Silver Knights.
In the meantime, the Crusaderettes, now 9-5 overall and 5-3 in the LKC North, tallied in double digits in the last three periods for the 20-point victory.
PC was led by Leah Hughes with 19 points and eight rebounds while Alex Schaffer netted 11 points and Rachel Nill added 10.
For Tyler, Sydney Reed paced the Knights with 13 points while Sophia Kinnard registered nine.
The next game for Catholic is Doddridge County at home at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Calhoun County 34, South Harrison 16
MT. ZION – Calhoun County secured a 34-16 triumph over visiting South Harrison Wednesday night, despite scoring no points in the third quarter, but then totaling 16 in the final period.
The Red Devils were led in victory by Kenzie Hicks with 12 points while Sam Harris contributed eight, while for South Harrison, Abbie Lightner tallied eight points and Whitney James added seven.
Calhoun plays next at 7 p.m. Friday at Roane County.
St. Marys 69,
Doddridge County 28
ST. MARYS – Audra Clark and Kendra Walker both had double-doubles as host St. Marys blew out Doddridge County here Wednesday, 69-28.
Clark had 20 points and 11 boards while Walker finished with 14 points and a game-high dozen caroms. The Blue Devils, now 11-1 and set to face Frontier on Friday in their own invitational, also received 11 markers from Ashley hall.
D’Andra Swiger led the ‘Dogs with seven markers.
Roane County 42,
Wirt County 38
ELIZABETH – Wirt County’s Miriam Smith had a game-high 11 points while Amanda Clark and Taylor Watson combined for 14 points and 26 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough here Wednesday as visiting Roane County rallied past the Tigers, 42-38.
The Raiders, who welcome Calhoun County to town on Friday, trailed 20-14 at halftime. Becky Fryye and Shania Lloyd tallied 10 points apiece. Mickey Rhodes added nine markers and Kasey Blosser eight more in the triumph.
NEW MARTINSVILLE – Mark Winters bucketed 33 points as host Magnolia improved to 9-3 here Wednesday during the Blue Eagles’ 78-53 drubbing of Cameron.
Preston Boswell added 20 points and Zach Willhoite 10 for the victors, who play Friday at Linsly.
Hunter Chambers’ 16 points led Cameron.