Tigers sneak past Warren, 52-47
POMEROY – In typical Marietta/Warren fashion, the sectional final game between the Tigers and Warriors at Meigs High School Thursday evening was an absolute thriller.
After splitting the series in the regular season, round three went to the Tigers as Marietta claimed a 52-47 victory to advance to the district semifinals against either Miami Trace or Hillsboro.
Marietta trailed by as many as eight late in the third quarter and five midway through the fourth quarter, but was able to rally down the stretch.
In the third period, a basket by Warren’s Mackenzie Ullman put the Warriors up 34-26. Marietta responded with a jumper from Kristen Hill and a layup by Taylor Smith at the buzzer to cut it to 34-30 going to the fourth.
After Hill and Warren’s Jordanna Rauch traded a free throw, Smith converted a three-point play to bring Marietta within one at 35-34. Warren responded with a pair of foul shots from Ullman and Victoria Buzzard to make it a five-point game.
Marietta made it 39-36 when Erica Dawson found Starr Johnson underneath the basket for a layup, and then a 3-pointer by Luisa Barton tied things up. The Tigers would not trail again the rest of the contest as a free throw by Smith gave Marietta the lead, and then a steal by Dawson led to a layup-and-one to make it a two possession game at 43-39.
Buzzard led all scorers with 20 points while Emma Ryan had a game-high 14 rebounds.
Marietta was led by Dawson’s 17 points. The only other player in the game to reach double figures was Smith, who had 10.
The win improved Marietta’s record to 14-9 on the season while Warren fell to 13-9.
Gilmer County 54, St. Marys 48
GLENVILLE -Gilmer County nearly let a 17-point halftime lead slip away, but the Titans held on by making four of five free throws in the final minute to secure a 54-48 win against St. Marys in the fifth place game of the Little Kanawha Conference.
Gilmer County, which improved to 12-8, built a 30-13 lead by halftime. St. Marys eventually sliced the deficit to a one-possession game but fell short in its bid on the road.
Anthony Aviles and Austin Cunningham led the Titans with 13 points apiece, while Mitchell Hickman added 11 points.
For St. Marys (16-4), Andrew Cosper knocked down three buckets from downtown and scored a game-high 20 points.
Ravenswood 46, South Harrison 42
LOST CREEK -Jacob Martin finished with a double-double after producing 24 points and 10 rebounds as Ravenswood defeated South Harrison 46-42 in the seventh place game of the Little Kanawha Conference.
Heath Burgess tossed in 13 points as the Red Devils improved to 5-13.
Despite 13 points from Logan Kirby and 11 from Zach Wentz, South Harrison slipped to 9-11.
Tyler Consolidated 53,
Braxton County 47
SUTTON -A strong third quarter effort propelled Tyler Consolidated to a 53-47 win at Braxton County.
Trailing 23-22 at halftime, the Silver Knights outscored Braxton County 16-9 in the third quarter. Dylan Romine led Tyler Consolidated with 16 points, while Dylan Reynolds chipped in 16 points.
Braxton County slipped to 5-16 despite a 14-point effort from Derek Barnette and 11 points from Austin Rhodes.
Doddridge County 55,
Calhoun County 48
MT. ZION -Calhoun County let a four-point lead slip away in the second quarter and Doddridge County held on to defeat to Red Devils 55-48 in the 13th place game of the Little Kanawha Conference.
Trailing 9-5, Doddridge County outscored Calhoun County 21-7 and took a 26-16 lead into halftime.
Drew Lett led the Bulldogs (6-13) with 19 points, while Jeff Bonnell and T.J. Baldwin each pitched in 11 points.
Doing the damage on the scoreboard for Calhoun County (2-19) were Tyler Gerwig with 21 points and Ryan Slider with 17 points.
SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. -Wood County Christian ran out of steam in the second half of Thursday’s second round game of the West Virginia Christian Athletic Conference game and lost to Greater Beckley Christian 85-48.
WCCS fell behind 25-19 after one quarter then pulled ahead with three minutes remaining before halftime before Greater Beckley Christian rolled to a 39-30 advantage at the break.
Greater Beckley Christian, which improved to 12-3, outscored WCCS 46-18 in the second half and shot 72 percent from the floor for the contest.
Keith Mullins led Greater Beckley Christian with 23 points, while Elijah Kidd added 22 points.
WCCS (10-15) was led by Jamie Arnold’s 17 points to go along with Patrick Goff’s 16 points.
Earlier in the day, WCCS defeated Regional Christian 66-44 in the opening round of the WVCAT. Joseph Krupinski paced the Wildcats with 20 points, while Patrick Goff and Jamie Arnold finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively.
Wood County Christian 57,
Greater Beckley Christian 15
SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. – Wood County Christian scored the first 19 points of the game and defeated Greater Beckley Christian 57-15 in the opening round of the West Virginia Christian Athletic Tournament on Thursday.
Heather Lord scored 10 of her game-high 16 points as the Wildcats increased their lead to 26-5 by intermission. Hannah Lord added 10 points for WCCS, which improved to 16-6 and meets Grace Christian at 11:30 a.m. today.
Grace Christian defeated WCCS by double-digits in the first meeting of the regular season.
The second game scheduled for Jan. 25 between the two schools was cancelled because of weather.
Ritchie County 64,
Roane County 45
SPENCER -Tristin Toman poured in 25 points and Ritchie County defeated Roane County 64-45 in a preview of next Monday’s Class AA sectional opener between the same two schools Monday in Ellenboro.
Abby Burgess added 12 points for the Rebels, while Becky Frye paced Roane County with 16 points. Kipra Rhodes tossed in 10 points for the 5-16 Raiders.