Schaffer leads Crusaderettes over Gilmer

PARKERSBURG – No. 7 Parkersburg Catholic (14-6) celebrated Senior Night against No. 9 Gilmer County (14-6) by registering a 66-42 victory over the Titans Monday at the Crusaderettes’ gym.

Leah Hughes, Maddie Roedersheimer and Rachel Nill combined for 35 points as the Crusaderettes knocked off Gilmer County for the second time in three days. PC registered a 46-33 win over the Titans in the third place game of the LKC’s Night of Champions played at Roane County High School on Saturday.

The win may have been a costly one, however, for Marty Vierheller’s team as first team Class A all state performer Hughes went down with a leg injury to open the final eight minutes of play and needed help to get to the sidelines.

A hard foul sent the Crusaderette player, who was going in for a layin off of an Erica Tracewell steal, to the floor awkwardly as the ball went through the hoop to push the hosts’ lead to 55-23.

Hughes, who did not return, finished with 16 points and six rebounds on a night that also saw her receive a plaque for being nominated to play in the McDonalds All-American game.

Roedersheimer, who joined Hughes with six rebounds, finished with 12 points, five assists and four steals while Nill added seven points and a pair of assists in their final home game.

The game began as if Gilmer County, which plays at No. 2 St. Marys on Wednesday, would make its second meeting with the Crusaderettes a different result as Morgan Allen banged in a pair of triples as the Titans trailed by only four, 14-10, after the first eight minutes of play.

That would be as close as the game would get as a triple by Alex Schaffer, who scored 14 of her team-high 18 points in the frame, ignited a 17-5 run by the Crusaderettes, who took a 37-19 lead to the locker rooms at the intermission.

PC continued its offensive assault to open the second half as Hughes connected on a pair of triples while Roedersheimer added four points and Reily Sturm, who finished with 11 points, chipped in a bucket as the Crusaderettes took a 53-23 lead into the final period.

Gilmer County, which received a game-high 19 points from Allen, outscored their hosts by a 19-13 margin in the final quarter. But, most of that came after Vierheller pulled his starters.

Joining Allen in double figures was Julie Bishop, who scored 13 points.