High School Basketball Roundup
Ritchie County 66,
St. Marys 59
ST. MARYS – Ritchie County flexed its muscle in the fourth quarter and pulled away from St. Marys for a 66-59 road win on Thursday.
The Rebels (11-5, 7-3 LKC North) outscored the Blue Devils 29-9 in the final eight minutes as Justin Sage scored all 11 of his points. Teammate D.J. Burgess finished with a game-high 21 points, while Andrew Davis tossed in 19 points.
St. Marys slipped to 15-3 and 8-3 in the LKC North despite a 17-point effort from Andrew Cosper and another 16 points from Jessy Moore.
Doddridge County 77,
Valley (Wetzel) 63
WEST UNION -T.J. Baldwin made the most of senior night after scoring 11 points off the bench during Doddridge County’s 77-63 win against Valley (Wetzel) om Thursday.
Baldwin accounted for eight points as Doddridge (4-12) bolted out to a 20-13 lead after one quarter. The Bulldogs extended the cushion to 36-24 by intermission.
Four Doddridge players scored in double figures, including Ashton Hinzman with a team-high 18 points?
Valley slipped to 6-11 despite a game-high 20 points from Triston Kocher.
Braxton County 60,
Wirt County 54
ELIZABETH – Wirt County’s Kalob Bell scored a co-game-high 19 points here Thursday night, but visiting Braxton County tallied 19 of the final 20 points in the contest as the Eagles rallied for a 60-54 triumph.
Derrick Barnette tied Bell for top scoring honors while Eagle teammates Trea Stout and Cody Hilton added 17 and 12 markers, respectively.
The Tigers, now 5-14 with a home game today versus Tyler Consolidated, also received 11 points from Mark Cunningham. Austin McVey chipped in eight points and eight assists in the setback.
Clay County 64,
Calhoun County 50
MT. ZION – Ryan Slider finished with 16 points, 11 boards, four assists and three steals, but host Calhoun County didn’t have enough as Clay County left town with a 64-50 victory.
Michael Shamblin’s 17 points led the 8-7 Panthers, who also got double figures in scoring from Jarrod Woodyard (13) and Chris Cole (11).
The Red Devils (2-16) also received 14 markers from Tyler Gerwig and 10 counters by Ricky Hall.
PHS receives forfeit win
CHARLESTON – After using an ineligible player in its game on Jan. 30 with Parkersburg, Riverside’s win against the Big Reds was forfeited.
According to a story in the Charleston Gazette, Riverside’s boys basketball team was without its coaching staff for Thursday’s showdown against Woodrow Wilson. Second-year coach Dusty Herscher and his assistants were suspended indefinitely this week.
Riverside principal Valery Harper would not elaborate on the reason for the suspension of Herscher and his staff or the likelihood of how long the suspension would last.
Even though the reason for the suspensions had not been made public, Mountain State Athletic Conference commissioner Fred Aldridge confirmed Riverside forfeiting its win against PHS.
Parkersburg South 65,
NEW MATAMORAS -Parkersburg South didn’t have any trouble finding the range from beyond the 3-point arc and tossed in nine treys while winning at Frontier 65-47 on Thursday.
South’s Keya Bartlett led the barrage with five 3-pointers as part of her game-high 26-point effort. Teammate Taryn McCutcheon accounted for three treys and added 20 points as the Patriots improved to 12-6.
A total of three Frontier players scored in double figures, including Kelsea Daugherty with a team-high 12 points.
Paden City 50, Cameron 42
PADEN CITY – With only one hour of practice under its belt since losing against Cameron a week ago, Paden City returned the favor Thursday and defeated the Dragons 50-42 on senior night.
Freshman Cydney Blatt led the Wildcats (9-11) with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Logan Cosper pitched in 11 points.
Cameron’s Leah Stern scored a game-high 18 points, while teammate Neely Benline accounted for 14 points.
Wirt County 26
RAVENSWOOD -Ravenswood made quick work of Wirt County for seventh place in the Little Kanawha Conference placement game and defeated the Tigers 41-26 on Thursday night.
Ravenswood raced out to a 23-2 lead after one quarter.
Taylor Youell led the Red Devils with 14 points, while Hailey Miller added 12 points.
Miriam Smith finished with a team-high 10 points for Wirt County.
Tyler Consolidated 59,
Calhoun County 20
KIDWELL -Tyler Consolidated moved another step closer toward the .500 mark after defeating Calhoun County 59-20 for 11th place in a Little Kanawha Conference placement game.
The Silver Knights improved to 9-11 thanks to an 18-point effort from Sophie Kinnard. Teammate Torrye Cline also reached double figures with 14 points.
Calhoun County (3-16), which fell behind 30-11 by intermission, received 12 points from Kenzie Hicks.
BEALLSVILLE, Ohio – Grace Berisford poured in a game-high 31 points and Mallory Chapman posted a double-double of 21 points and 12 boards to help visiting Magnolia earn a 71-63 OVAC consolation game victory here Thursday against Beallsville.
BHS (5-16) got 25 points from Katey Kinney, 21 by Madison Stephen and the other 17 from Mikaela Headley.
The Blue Eagles, now 10-8 with a Saturday afternoon game up next at Monroe Central, also received seven points from Audrey Gibb while Katie Blatt dished out 10 assists.
High School Basketball Roundup
Williamstown 91, Magnolia 72
WILLIAMSTOWN -The Williamstown girls weren’t shy about knocking down the 3-pointer in Thursday’s 91-72 win against Magnolia.
The Yellowjackets (9-8) combined for 14 treys, including seven by Brooke Cieslewski, who finished with a career-high 31 points. Teammate Kenzie Smith, who surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for her career earlier this week, accounted for five 3-pointers and added 28 points, while Sami Rea pitched in 12 points.
Magnolia’s Mallory Chapman finished with a double-double after scoring 22 points to go with 12 rebounds. The Blue Eagles’ Katie Blatt flirted with a triple-double after finishing with 10 rebounds, 10 assists and six points.
Parkersburg South 66,
Nicholas County 36
BECKLEY, W.Va. – Keya Bartlett was a scoring machine after finishing with a game-high 30 points while leading Parkersburg South to a 66-36 victory against Nicholas County in an opening round game at Thursday’s Big Atlantic Classic played at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.
Bartlett accounted for 18 points as the Patriots (10-6) bolted out to a 34-21 halftime lead. Teammate Taryn McCutcheon just missed a triple-double after ending the night with 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Shealyn Shafer led Nicholas County (13-2) with 20 points.
Parkersburg South advances to the championship game of the Big Atlantic Classic scheduled for a 4 p.m. tipoff on Saturday.
St. Marys 71,
Tyler Consolidated 49
ST. MARYS -Limited to one bucket in the first half, Kendra Walker poured in 17 points after halftime and enabled St. Marys to pull away for a 71-49 win against Tyler Consolidated on Thursday night.
While Walker finished with 19 points for the 18-1 Blue Devils, teammate Audra Clark added 14 points to go with 10 boards. St. Marys’ Abbi Fetty accounted for 12 rebounds and eight points.
Torrye Cline led the Silver Knights (8-9) with 16 points, while Sophie Kinnard added 12 points and Sydney Reed tossed in 10 points.
Gilmer County 63,
Roane County 42
SPENCER – Visiting Gilmer County jumped out to a 26-7 lead after one period and never looked back in registering a 63-42 LKC South victory over Roane County Thursday night.
Gilmer was led by Julie Bishop with 25 points, including a half-dozen 3-balls, while Morgan Allen added nine on three treys and Michaela Gumm also contributed nine points to the win.
Roane, now 4-13, got 19 points from Becky Frye, who netted five treys, while Cassisdy Taylor dropped in 13 points, nine on three treys.
The next game for Roane is at Calhoun County today at 7 p.m. in a varsity-only outing.
Parkersburg Catholic 68,
Notre Dame 57
CLARKSBURG -Jake Ullman knocked down four 3-pointers and poured in a game-high 30 points as Parkersburg Catholic defeated Notre Dame 68-57 on Thursday night.
The Crusaders improved to 13-2 thanks to the bench play of Austin Luther, who contributed 14 points in a reserve role.
Parkersburg Catholic returns to action tonight against Williamstown.
Gilmer County 67, Wirt County 58
ELIZABETH – Gilmer County jumped out to a 17-7 lead after one and although Wirt County had it down to a one possession game late here Thursday, the Titans left town with a 67-58 triumph.
Anthony Aviles dropped in 21 points to pace four Titans (8-7) in double figures. Gilmer County also received 12 points from Mitchell Hickman, 11 from Austin Ratliff and 10 more by Nathan Allison.
The Tigers, now 4-13 with a home game this evening versus Tyler Consolidated, was led by Dustin Garner’s 13 points and Kalob Bell’s 12. Mark Cunningham chipped in nine points while JT Stephens had seven markers and as many caroms for the orange and black.
Ritchie County 76, Ravenswood 62
ELLENBORO – Andrew Davis posted a monster double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds as Ritchie County handed visiting Ravenswood a 76-62 setback here Thursday evening.
The Rebels (9-5) led 21-5 after one and 45-17 at intermission. D.J. Burgess chipped in 14 points and Justin Sage contributed 11 markers in the win.
Ravenswood (4-10) had double figure scoring efforts from Jake Martin (18), Jon Crow (13), Dylan Radabaugh (12) and Heath Burgess (10).