Gilmer, Wirt advance to Section 1 semifinal

ELLENBORO-There were no surprises during the first night of the Region IV, Section 1, Class A girls basketball tournament being held at Ritchie County High School Friday night.

As expected No. 3 seed Gilmer County (15-7) and No. 4 seed Wirt County (8-15) advanced easily into Tuesday’s semifinal round. The Titans swept past Calhoun County by a 65-28 margin and will take on No. 2 Williamstown in Tuesday’s nightcap while the Tigers will face No. 1 seeded Parkersburg Catholic (14-6) in the 6 p.m. opener.

Wirt County overcame a second half rally by Doddridge County to knock off the Bulldogs by a 50-38 score in the opening game of the Region IV, Section 1 Class A tournament held at Ritchie County High School Friday night.

Amanda Clark scored a game-high 23 points and Taylor Watson added 11 as the Tigers (8-15) advanced to Tuesday’s semifinal round where they will face No. 1 seed Parkersburg Catholic at 6 p.m.

Doddridge County, which closed the season at 5-15 was paced by senior D’Andra Swigers’ 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The Bulldogs appeared as if they were ready to take a bite out of the Tigers in the first quarter as an Emily Cade deuce made it 9-8 in favor of the tournament’s No. 5 seed.

It was as shortlived advantage, however, as Gilmer ran off the final seven points of the quarter and never looked back.

The nightcap looked as though it, too, might be a closer-than-expected affair when a McKenzie Hicks three-point play brought the Red Devils back to within two, 9-7, with 3:42 remaining in the opening quarter.

That would be as close as Calhoun County would get as the Titans, behind the play of Julie Bishop, went on a 10-2 run over the final three minutes to lead by 10, 19-9, heading into the second quarter of action.

Bishop led the way with a game-high 20 points and was joined in double figures by Jamie Conrad (12) and Morgan Allen (10) while Hicks was the only Red Devil to crack double figures as she finished with 14 points.

Girls

WVCAT

Tournament

Wood County Christian 53, Grace Christian 33

SUMMERSVILLE -Wood County Christian jumped on top of Grace Christian 16-2 in the first quarter here Friday en route to a 55-33 semifinal win in the West Virginia Christian Athletic Tournament.

With the victory, Wood County (17-6) advanced to today’s state championship game against Elk Valley Christian.

Leading the way for Wood County were Hannah Lord with 19 points and Heather Lord with 10. Adria Herridge and Katie Ward scored eight points apiece.

Grace Christian (13-5) got 11 points from Jillian Salyers.

Boys

Ballard Christian 75, Wood County Christian 54

SUMMERSVILLE -Wood County Christian saw its season come to an end here Friday as the Wildcats dropped a 75-54 decision to Ballard Christian in a losers bracket game at the West Virginia Christian Athletic Tournament.

Wood County (10-16) was led by Jamie Arnold with 20 points, Patrick Goff with 18, Scotty Heslop with 13 and Zach Hughes with 11.

Ballard Christian (12-9) got 24 points from Josh Deskins, 15 from Gage Bowles, 13 from Ray Spencer and 10 from Dalton Lankford.

Zanesville 75,

Marietta 43

MARIETTA -Visiting Zanesville simply was too talented for Marietta here Friday night as the Blue Devils rolled to a 75-43 ECOL win over Tigers at the Sutton Gymnasium.

Zanesville (18-3) was led by Granger Long with 13 points and Malik Bocook with 11.

Marietta (7-14) got 15 points from Adam McKnight and 10 from Corey Hill.

The Tigers are back in action tonight at New Philadelphia.

Cabell Midland 74,

Ripley 57

RIPLEY -The Vikings led by four at the end of the first quarter here Friday night but would fail to lead again the rest of the game as visiting Cabell Midland downed Ripley, 74-57, in an Mountain State Athletic Conference placement game.

Leading the way for the home team was Kade Harrison who scored 17 points. The Vikings went into the locker room down, 25-22. The Vikings fought there way back and gained a one-point lead heading into the final quarter of play. Cabell Midland played quickly evaporated that lead in the fourth quarter outscoring the Vikings 32-13 in the final period of play a 17-point victory.

Sawyer Beckett lead the way for CM, scoring 19 points in the game.

Warren 68, Jackson 22

BARLOW, Ohio -Warren recorded its 20th win of the season here Friday night, rolling to a 68-22 win over hapless Jackson.

The Warriors (20-1 overall, 9-0 SEOAL) were led by Danny Pannell with 14 points. Adam Lang and Reece Patton added 11 each, Michael Hall 10 and Evan Yabs 9 for Warren, which entertains Portsmouth tonight.

Jackson (1-21, 0-10) got 8 points from Tyler Neal.

Beallsville 52,

Paden City 42

PADEN CITY -Paden City gave visiting Beallsville all it wanted here Friday night before the visitors pulled away in the final quarter for a 52-42 win in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference’s Class 1A third place game.

Beallsville (10-10) led just 35-34 heading into the final eight minutes. Leading the way for the winners were Logan Nippert with 15 points and Teryn Jarrett with 11.

Paden City (11-8) was led by Kennedy Cain with 19 points and Zach Heasley with 17.

Paden City travels to Williamstown on Monday.

Parkersburg Christian 57, New Life 53

PARKERSBURG -Parkersburg Christian celebrated a championship and a victory on Friday night.

The Knights unveiled the flag they received from winning last year’s at the National Apostolic Tournament, then went out and handed visiting New Life Christian a 57-53 setback.

Parkersburg Christian (5-8) was led by Harlan Bowser with 15 points, Korben Wright with 13 and Austin Alley with 11 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists. New Life got a game-high 21 points from John Paul Brown.

Parkersburg entertains Ohio Valley Christian at 6 p.m. today.