GSC men, women win

VIENNA-It was a victorious homecoming for former-Parkersburg South standout Kim Stephens, who now serves as an assistant coach for the Lady Pioneers, as No. 20 Glenville State College handed host Ohio Valley University a 109-75 setback Thursday night at the Snyder Activity Center.

“It’s always great coming home,” said Stephens, who played for the Pioneers from 2007-11 and served as a graduate assistant at OVU last season. “We’re taking the team to my parents’ house and my mom is making the team tacos after the game.”

The Pioneers left little doubt that they were deserving of their high ranking as five players reached double digits led by Kenyona Simmons’ 21 points. Ginny Mills chipped in 19 points while Kenyell Goodson, Ashleigh Fossett and Aesha Peters added 12 points each. Senior Jasmine Gibson, who entered the game as the No. 7 scorer in the WVIAC (19.8 ppg), led the Fighting Scots with a game-high 23 points.

Kayla Parsley came off of the OVU bench to pour in 17 points while Saira House added 14.

GSC broke open a five-point, 48-43, halftime score by opening the final 20 minutes with a 28-8 run to put the game out of doubt. LaToya Hambrick started the spurt with a pair of free throws while Jelena Elez nailed a triple to give the visitors a 76-51 advantage with 12 minutes left to play.

Glenville State improved to 18-2 overall and 13-1 in the West Virginia Conference while OVU dropped to 1-17 overall and 1-13 in league play with a home game against the University of Charleston slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The men’s contest was also close for the first 20 minutes as senior Ashton Brown tallied all but two of his game-high 24 points to help the Fighting Scots head to the locker rooms trailing by only seven, 47-40.

It was a different story, however, after the intermission as a Joe Ballard deuce propelled the Pioneers on a 27-10 run to give the visitors a 74-50 lead with 8:43 left in the game.

Pacing the GSC attack was Jamel Morris with 23 points while Lamar Mallory recorded a double-double (17 points, 15 rebounds) and Kevin Gray added 12 points. Joining Brown in double digits for the Scots was Osvaldas Gaizauskas with 11.