Monroe leads South past Lewis County

PARKERSBURG – Cody Monroe decided Monday night inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center to do his best Santa Claus impersonation.

The Parkersburg South junior point guard was handing out dimes like Christmas presents, finishing with a near school record 15 assists, as the host Patriots improved to 4-0 after rolling to a 91-76 victory against Lewis County. “I think we just wore them down,” said PSHS head coach Mike Fallon.

Although the Minutemen (0-2) didn’t have any turnovers in the fourth quarter and actually made eight straight field goals at one point, the game was well in hand for the Patriots after holding a commanding 72-47 cushion after three.

Lewis County, which is off until a road trip on Jan. 3 to Elkins, had 10 turnovers in the third quarter, 24 in the game and was outscored 28-19 in the third after trailing 44-28 at intermission.

Monroe, who finished with 14 points, five rebounds and four steals, had 10 of his assists in the first half. His 15 assists now rank as the third most in Patriot history behind only current assistant coach Chris Hyson (17 in 1986) and the 1994 effort of 18 by Turhan Coleman, who played during Larry Edwards’ final season as the boys head coach.

PSHS connected on 16 of 34 from 3-point land, led by Logan Lawrentz’ five for part of his team-high 17 points.

The Minutemen won the battle of the boards 40-27 and had 15 offensive rebounds. Senior pivot John Riley led the way and finished with game-highs of 29 points and 11 caroms. Skylar Carlton also posted a double-double in the setback with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Moran had 14 markers in the loss.

Parkersburg South, which welcomes rival Parkersburg to the ROAC next Monday, received 13 bench points from Garrett Gilkeson and 12 more from starter Dylon Rippeto. Tyler Shelton came off the bench and made all four of his foul shots and finished with eight tallies. South knocked down 17 of 20 from the charity stripe while Lewis County was 14 of 16.

Monroe put the Patriots ahead for good just 34 ticks into the affair when he converted a three-point play. It was 5-0 just 52 seconds in when Monroe registered his first assist after Rippeto kissed in a 14-foot jumper. Lawrentz connected on three 3s in the opening stanza and Gilkeson’s trifecta gave the hosts a 19-12 edge after one.

Coach Fallon’s club still led by seven at 32-25 late in the second when Ty Dobson tipped an offensive rebound to Brandon Chichester for an easy lay-in. Monroe’s best assist closed out the first-half. After getting a steal, where he had to bring the ball behind his back to keep it from going out of bounds near the “Patriot Psychos” in attendance, Monroe tried an alley-oop to Lawrentz, who had to turn it into a scoop shot off the glass.

All dozen Patriots who played in the game scored. Logan Fryfogle’s 3-pointer with 4.2 left in the third allowed PSHS to carry its 25-point bulge into the final eight minutes.