Local Sports Roundup
Fort Frye 53, Frontier 29
BEVERLY – Holding just a three-point lead with 15 seconds to play in the first quarter, the Fort Frye Cadets needed to step up their game.
Ten and a half minutes later, the Frontier Cougars finally hit another field goal, and that three-point margin was on its way to 20 as the Cadets knocked off visiting Frontier 53-29 Thursday night.
Initially trailing in the game as Frontier hit the game’s first two field goals sandwiched around a pair of Fort Frye free throws, the Cadets employed an aggressive, physical style of play that wore down the Cougars.
That defensive strategy proved successful as through three quarters of play Frontier had managed just 13 points.
At that point, Borich had nearly as many points by herself with 12.
Frontier didn’t make a shot from the field in the second quarter while being outscored 11-2.
It wasn’t until Corisa Fickiesen’s basket off Lexi Brookover’s assist with 5:35 in the third quarter that Frontier would get a field goal after the end of the first quarter.
Seven different girls scored for Fort Frye and five tallied at least six points, with Borich and Megan Liedtke each getting into double figures.
Big Atlantic Classic
Parkersburg South 49, Westside 43
BECKLEY -Thursday night’s girls semifinal game at the Big Atlantic Classic between Parkersburg South and Westside not only was a battle of unbeatens, it also was a matchup between the Patriots, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, and the Renegardes, the No. 1 team in Class AA.
To say this one lived up to its billing would be an understatement as the two teams went to the fourth quarter tied at 31 apiece. Westside then reeled off the first six points of the quarter to take a 37-31 lead. South coach Scott Stephens, whose Patriots were playing without Katelyn Byrd, who left the game in the third quarter with an injury, called a timeout to regroup.
That’s what the Patriots did, outscoring their foe 18-6 the rest of the way as Taryn McCutcheon accounted for 11 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter. Keya Bartlett led South in scoring with 21 points while Anna Hayton had 13 rebounds.
Thus, the Patriots will take a 13-0 record into Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. championship game against Class AAA No. 2 Greenbrier East.
Westside (12-1) was led by Hope Lester’s 14 points, 23 rebounds and four blocked shots. Faith Davis added 11 points for the Renegades.
Doddridge County 51
WILLIAMSTOWN -Melissa Cieslewski enjoyed a monster day on the boards and pulled down 23 rebounds to go with 10 points as Williamstown defeated Doddridge County 75-51 on Thursday night.
Williamstown set the tone by outscoring Doddridge County 24-12 in the first quarter. The lead ballooned to 65-39 by the end of the third quarter.
Samantha Dedrick led the 11-6 yellowjackets with 22 points, while Ashley Morris and Allie Robinson both pitched in 11 points.
A total of three players scored in double figures for Doddridge County, including Sierra Riffle and Haley Stephenson both with 14 points.
Clay County 58,
Calhoun County 24
MT. ZION-Defending LKC South Division champion Clay County took one more step towards earning its fifth straight trip to the LKC’s Night of Champions with a 58-24 victory over host Calhoun County.
The Panthers (11-3, 8-0 LKC South) jumped out to an 11-4 lead and never looked back in keeping their South record unblemished. Katelyn Horrocks led the way with a game-high 16 points while Mykayla Horrocks and McKenzee Barker chipped in eight points apiece.
Calhoun County, which plays host to Doddridge County on Monday, was led by Makala Smith and Autumn Smith with six points each.
Braxton County 55,
Webster County 36
FLATWOODS -Logan Frame scored 16 points to lead Braxton County to a 55-36 win over Webster County here Thursday night.
Emily Harper had 13 points and Hannah Ditman 12 as the Eagles raised their record to 8-4.
Webster County (8-5) was led by Sam Stout and Taylor Anderson with 13 points each.
Braxton County returns to action on Saturday, when it entertains Lincoln.
Gilmer County 56,
Wirt County 39
ELIZABETH – Julie Bishop knocked down 9 of 10 foul shots and finished with a game-high 23 points to help lead Gilmer County to a 56-39 road win at Wirt County.
The Tigers, who attempted just nine foul shots to the Titans’ 34, received 18 points from Miriam Smith. Wirt, now 4-13, travels today to Clay County.
Gilmer County, now 13-2, got eight points from Kylie Shuff, but continued to struggle at the charity stripe hitting missing 20 attempts. The Titans also play tonight at Pocahontas County.
Tyler Consolidated 49, Ritchie County 28
ELLENBORO -Tyler Consolidated received a wake-up call at halftime and rolled past Ritchie County 49-28 on Thursday night.
Ritchie County trailed 21-14 before Tyler Consolidated outscored the Rebels 17-4 in third quarter.
Sydney Reed and Sophie Kinnard each scored 13 points to pace Tyler Consolidated, while Becca Sullivan led Ritchie County (3-9) with nine points.
Roane County 52
South Harrison 39
SPENCER – Cassidy Taylor scored a game-high 25 points and Roane County held South Harrison scoreless in the first quarter here Thursday night as the Raiders cruised to a 52-39 victory.
The Raiders, now 7-9 with a home game next Thursday against Calhoun County, led 16-0 after one. Shania Lloyd added 14 points and Mary Kate Westfall had 10 in the victory.
Ashleigh Brosius led the Hawks with 17 points.
BLACKSVILLE, W.Va. -A strong showing in the first quarter enabled Magnolia to win its seventh game in a row by defeating Clay-Battelle 82-51 on Thursday night.
In the first quarter, Magnolia outscored Clay-Battelle 30-11 behind 13 points from Spencer Campbell and another nine points from Preston Boswell.
Boswell finished with a game-high 29 points, while Campbell tossed in 20 points as Magnolia improved to 7-3.
Cannon Brummage led Clay-Battelle with 17 points.
Paden City 50
BEALLSVILLE, Ohio -Paden City connected on just 17 of its 50 field goal attempts here Thursday night, dropping a 58-50 decision to Beallsville.
The Wildcats (6-5), fell behind 20-11 after one quarter and spent the rest of the night trying to catch up. Leading the way for Paden City were Kennedy Cain with 23 points and Zach Heasley with 16.
Paden City returns to action tonight on its home court when Montcalm visits for a semifinal game in the West Virginia Hometown Invitational.
South Gallia 55, Belpre 45
CROWN CITY, Ohio – South Gallia outlasted Belpre in a TVC Hocking contest Thursday night by defeating the Golden Eagles 55-45.
Belpre trailed by just three at 37-34 before South Gallia outscored the Golden Eagles 18-11 in the fourth quarter.
Nick Therriault led Belpre (5-8, 4-4 TVC Hocking) with 12 points, while Brennen Ferrell added 11 points. Belpre shooters combined for seven 3-pointers.
Brayden Greer led South Gallia with 18 points, while Landon Hutchison tossed in 11 points.
PARKERSBURG -Taking a break from participating in major tournaments, Parkersburg South’s wrestling team played host to a quadrangular on Thursday night at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center that resulted in three lop-sided wins for the Patriots.
South, ranked No. 2 in Class AAA in the latest wvmat.com poll, rolled to wins of 63-13 over Cabell Midland, 52-12 over Belpre and 48-21 over George Washington. GW defeated Belpre, 52-24, and Cabell Midland, 43-24, while Cabell Midland beat Belpre, 43-27.
The Patriots were led by 126-piunder Austin Harris, who recorded three pins. Other Patriots who went undefeated included Colten Nangle (120), Ryan Taylor (132), Hunter DeLong (145, 152), Sam Atkinson (170), Justin Allman (182), Tyler Newhart-Koreski (195) and Logan Dilliner (220).
South will participate in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Duals next Wednesday The Patriots return home next Saturday for a dual match versus Point Pleasant.
Local Sports Roundup
Wheeling Central 59, Parkersburg Catholic 45
WHEELING -Parkersburg Catholic had fifth-ranked Wheeling Central right where it wanted them after one quarter, but the Maroon Knights turned on the jets in the final three quarters for a 59-45 victory on Wednesday.
The Crusaders, who slipped to 7-5, led 16-13 after the first eight minutes before Wheeling Central took control by outscoring the Crusaders 32-20 in the next two periods.
Joe Padden knocked down four 3-pointers for PCHS and scored a game-high 14 points, while Payton Sturm and Austin Luther each added 11 points.
Alonzo Mann led Wheeling Central with 19 points.
Bishop Donahue 82, Paden City 55
McMECHEN -Bishop Donahue started off the right foot from the opening tip and defeated Paden City 82-55 on Wednesday night.
Bishop Donahue (6-4) took a 22-12 lead after one quarter, then extended the advantage to 44-29 by halftime.
A total of three Paden City players scored in double figures, including Kennedy Cain with 15 points. Zach Heasley added 14 points, while Luke Cooper pitched in 11 points. Freshman point guard Hayden Hizer dished out 10 assists.
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio – Marietta staged a comeback against Cambridge and won on the road 59-52 Wednesday night.
Marietta trailed 43-41 before outscoring Cambridge 18-9 in the final quarter.
The 7-7 Tigers were led by Jonathan Wood and Braden Riley, who each poured in 21 points.
Topping the scoring honors for Cambridge (9-8) were Jordan Watson with 14 points and Josh Lewis with 13 points.
Gilmer County 75,
Calhoun County 62
GLENVILLE -Gilmer County doubled up on Calhoun County in the third quarter Wednesday night and pulled away for a 75-62 victory.
Trailing 28-26 at halftime, Gilmer County (9-2) outscored Calhoun County 26-13 in the third quarter. During that span, Colby Cunningham scored nine of his 13 points for the Titans, while Austin Cunningham accounted for eight of his game-high 25 points.
Also scoring in double figures for Gilmer County were Austin Ratliff with 17 points and Cory Grogg with 11 points.
Ryan Slider scored a team-high 19 points for Calhoun County (3-6), while Sam Brady and Tyler Gerwig each pitched in 10 points.
Roane County 44,
Calhoun County 30
MT. ZION – Nursing a one-point lead through three quarters, Roane County pulled away from Calhoun County for a 44-30 victory on Wednesday night.
Roane County (6-9) outscored the Red Devils 17-4 in the final eight minutes.
Kasey Blosser led the Raiders with 13 points, while Shana Lloyd tossed in 11 points. For the 3-9 Red Devils, Kenzie Hicks led with 14 points and was supported by MaKayla Smith’s 12 points.
River View 47,
Marietta 44 (2 OT)
MARIETTA -River View limited Marietta to one point during the first and second overtimes of a 47-44 victory on Wednesday night.
Marietta led 39-29 entering the fourth quarter before River View outscored the Tigers 14-4 in the final eight minutes of regulation. Following a scoreless first overtime, River View outscored Marietta 4-1 in the second extra session.
Lauren Martin led Marietta (13-5) with 15 points, while River View’s Andi Daugherty scored a game-high 24 points.
Philo 61, Warren 40
VINCENT – For 16 minutes, the Philo Electrics watched the Warren Warriors generate high-quality scoring chances and capitalize with easy buckets and trips to the free-throw line.
For 16 minutes, Warren junior Victoria Buzzard was a pail of water dousing sparks on the Philo defense with 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting. But minutes 17 to 32 weren’t nearly the same.
After trailing most of the first half, the Electrics held Warren to just one field goal in the third quarter and to just three points the first 12:25 of the second half as Philo pulled away for a 61-40 victory over the Warriors in Vincent Wednesday night.
“I challenged our girls to come out and step up the pressure and they accepted the challenge,” said Philo girls basketball coach Dan Hilty.
WATERFORD -Waterford’s upset bid of unbeaten Maysville fell short as the Wildcats dropped a 56-48 decision to Maysville on Wednesday night.
Maysville (18-0) trailed Waterford 40-38 before outscoring the Wildcats 18-8 in the fourth quarter. Kayla Russell led Maysville with 17 points and Brooke Smith added 15 points.
Mariah Starkey led Waterford (10-6) with 14 points, while Dani Dryaer tossed in 10 points.
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WINFIELD- The Parkersburg boys basketball team was in control in the first half but Winfield started knocking down its 3-pointers and defeated the Big Reds 64-43 on Wednesday night.
Parkersburg (3-6) took a 17-15 lead into the second quarter before Winfield (6-3) outscored the Big Reds 18-4 in the ensuing eight minutes.
Winfield finished with nine 3-pointers, including three apiece from, John Bellomy and Cole Schoolcraft. Bellomy scored a team-high 16 points, while Toby Show and Schoolcraft tossed in 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Ja’Darien Wade led PHS with 16 points, while Levi Hays added 10 points.
MARIETTA – Marietta wase thankful for the final two minutes in Wednesday’s game against Cambridge at Sutton Gym, as its first lead of the game came on a pair of Brittany Deskins free throws with 1 minute, 44 seconds to go in the final period. The Tigers were able to hold on for the final minute-and-a-half to steal a 42-41 victory away from the Bobcats.
“Somehow we ended up with more points than (Cambridge) did,” laughed Marietta head coach Mark Hannuksela. “I’m not quite sure how that happened.
“We just kept playing. I don’t think we really focused too much on the score or the situation. We just kept playing.”
Waterford 54, Warren 51
VINCENT- Despite watching a 10-point lead vanish in the second half, Waterford scored the final three points in the last 18 seconds of regulation to secure an exciting 54-51 victory over Warren on Wednesday night.
Taking possession after an offensive foul was called against the Warriors in a tie game with 42 seconds to play, the Wildcats certainly needed to make a play. And they did it in the biggest fashion when Regan Porter scored in the paint off Hannah Dailey’s assist for a 53-51 lead.
After whittling away a 10-point deficit, two may not have seemed like much to the Warriors and with just eight seconds to go they had a chance to possibly tie the game when freshman Katie Rauch was fouled. At the line for a one-and-the bonus, Rauch’s shot hit the back of the rim and Dailey collected the rebound to seal the game.
Local Sports Roundup
St. Albans 66, Ripley 64
RIPLEY – St. Albans won for the second time this season thanks to Jeff Seams knocking down a short jumper with about four seconds to play Wednesday night during the Red Dragons’ 66-64 victory at Ripley.
The Vikings, now 1-7 with a home game Friday versus South Charleston, had a turnover on the ensuing inbounds pass.
Seams led all scores with 19 points while teammate Cody Young hit four of his five treys in the third quarter to finish with 15. Taylor Clark added 17 points and Kevin Watkins 11 in the victory.
Ripley was led by Kade Harrison with 17 points and three steals. Drew Harpold scored 15 points in the setback. Luke Layhew chipped in 14 points and grabbed eight boards for the Vikings.
Calhoun County 61,
Clay County 53
GRANTSVILLE -Calhoun County used a huge second half to storm past visiting Clay County, 61-53, here Wednesday night in a Little Kanawha Conference contest.
Sam Brady scored 14 points while Ryan Slider and Tyler Sims had 13 points each for the Red Devils (3-5), who trailed 27-23 at halftime but outscored their guests 38-26 in the final 16 minutes.
Clay County (4-5) got a game-high 28 points from Chris Cole.
Calhoun County travels to Gilmer County on Friday.
Gilmer County 72,
Midland Trail 51
GLENVILLE – Senior Rickie Carter led all scorers with 25 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough for visiting Midland Trail as Gilmer County improved to 7-1 here Wednesday following a 72-51 triumph.
The Titans, who play Friday night in Mt. Zion versus Calhoun County, had a balanced scoring attack and were led by Austin Cunningham with 21 points and Austin Ratliff with 17.
Roane County 74,
Braxton County 53
FLATWOODS – Cody Hilton bucketed a game-high 24 points Wednesday night, but it was in a losing effort as Braxton County fell to visiting Roane County, 74-53.
The 8-3 Raiders received 15 points apiece from Isaac Wilmoth and Jacob Neal. Tyler Harper added 11 in the victory.
Thomas Pritt had 16 markers for the 1-7 Eagles.
Bishop Donahue 75,
Paden City 54
PADEN CITY – Lavonte Hampton’s 21 points led all scorers here Wednesday evening and visiting Bishop Donahue led 25-11 after the opening eight minutes as the Bishops upped their record to 7-3 with a 75-54 victory at Paden City.
Kennedy Cain (17), Luke Cooper (15) and Zach Heasley (12) all finished in double figures for the 6-3 Wildcats, who return to action with a 7 p.m. varsity only affair Tuesday at Beallsville.
Chaice Truex tossed in 16 points and Bryce Jones 11 for the Bishops.
St. Marys 67,
Doddridge County 35
WEST UNION -Unbeaten St. Marys rolled to its 10th win here Wednesday night, blasting Doddridge County, 67-35, in a Little Kanawha Conference matchup.
The Blue Devils took control of the game at the start, taking leads of 21-6 at the end of the first quarter and 43-16 at halftime.
Kenrda Walker scored a game-high 30 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who also got 11 points from freshman Jordan Fox.
Doddridge County was led by Sierra Riffle with 16 points.
St. Marys will meet Wirt County at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the opening round of the St. Marys Invitational. Doddridge is off until Saturday, when it participates in the West Virginia Hometown Invitational.
Hometown Invitational Tournament
Paden City 64, Van 35
PADEN CITY – Paden City not only squared its record at 5-5 here Wednesday night but it did so with a 64-35 opening-round win against Van in the Hometown Invitational Tournament.
After a tight first quarter that saw the Wildcats take an 18-15 advantage, Paden City outscored the Bulldogs 16-2 in the second period for a 34-17 halftime lead and never looked back.
Hannah Stanley led the Wildcats with 19 points while Taylor Cosper, Kayla Hizer and Myah Charkawi had 11 points each.
Van (3-6) got 12 points from Bailey Farmer.
Paden City visits Harman on Friday night in a previously scheduled game.
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No. 7 Baylor 78,
West Virginia 62
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Odyssey Sims scored a career-high 48 points and set a Baylor record for career 3-pointers in the seventh-ranked Bears’ 78-62 victory over West Virginia on Wednesday night.
Baylor (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) never trailed but had trouble putting away the Mountaineers until late after jumping ahead 40-25 at halftime. The Lady Bears are outscoring opponents by an average of 33 per game and this was their second-closest winning margin of the season.
Sims had a career-high 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Nina Davis added 12 points for Baylor.
Asya Bussie scored 17 points, Bria Holmes added 15 and Taylor Palmer had 12 for West Virginia (13-2, 2-1), which saw its 13-game winning streak snapped.
Sims made six 3-pointers and has 201 for her career. Jennifer King held the previous school record of 195 from 1989-93.
Sims, the nation’s leading scorer at 30.8 points per game, is averaging 39 over the first three Big 12 games. She eclipsed the 47 points she scored against Kentucky on Dec. 6.
West Virginia scored the first five points of the second half and drew to 52-44 on a basket by Averee Fields with 12:30 left, but the Mountaineers got no closer.
Baylor then scored seven straight points, only to be answered by a 6-0 run by West Virginia. Holmes’ layup cut it to 59-50 with 9:12 remaining, but West Virginia failed to make a field goal over the next 5 minutes.
Sims made six free throws and Davis hit a layup for a 69-55 lead with 4:42 left.
The Mountaineers missed a bevy of layups and shot 33 percent (22 of 67) from the floor, its second-worst performance of the season.
West Virginia was a step slow in guarding Sims, who personally outscored the Mountaineers 26-25 in the first half with a variety of long shots and drives to the basket.
The teams combined to miss 12 of their first 13 shot attempts before Sims made a fast-break layup for a 5-0 lead.
Despite the slow start, the Lady Bears had a double-digit lead 5 minutes into the game.
Baylor used its size advantage to outrebound West Virginia 51-30 – Leshia Small twice rebounded her own missed shot on the same possession.
Ohio Northern 78,
Marietta College 73
ADA, Ohio – Ohio Northern led wire-to-wire and defeated Marietta College 78-73 in an Ohio Athletic Conference battle Wednesday at the ONU Sports Center.
After building a 45-35 lead by intermission, Ohio Northern (7-5, 3-2 OAC) led by as many as 13 points on two occasions early in the second half.
Keith Richardson’s 3-point play with 6:19 remaining in regulation sliced the deficit to 64-61. The Pioneers (9-3, 4-1 OAC) trailed 72-68 with under two minutes remaining when Ohio Northern scored five straight points on free throws to put the game away in the final seconds.
Four Marietta College players scored in double figures, including Luis Garcia with a game-high 18 points. Richardson finished with 17 points, three assists and three steals.
Lucas Pennington paced Ohio Northern with 17 points, while Isaiah Roux turned in a stat line consisting of 15 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Ohio 59, Kent State 53
KENT, Ohio (AP) – Nick Kellogg scored 19 points as Ohio opened Mid-American Conference play with a 59-53 win at Kent State on Wednesday.
Kellogg made four free throws in the final 39 seconds to help the Bobcats (11-3) hold off the Golden Flashes.
Devareaux Manley had 13 points and Mark Henniger 12 for Kent State (9-5).
Miami led 26-19 at the half but Kent State regrouped to go up by four midway through the second half but, shortly after, the Bobcats went on a 15-4 run for the victory.
Travis Wilkins hit a 3-pointer at 6:08 to put Ohio up for good, 49-46. Maurice Ndour followed with a fast-break dunk off a feed by Javarez Willis. Ndour got loose inside again at 2:21 to make it 53-46.
That cold spell wasn’t unusual as Kent State shot just 28.3 percent, including 4 for 22 (18.2 percent) on free throws..
Ravenswood 88, Williamstown 77
RAVENSWOOD -A solid second half performance from the Ravenswood offense enabled the Red Devils to defeat Williamstown 88-77 on Wednesday night.
At halftime, Williamstown trailed by only two at 42-40 before Ravenswood erupted for 46 second-half points.
Hailey Miller led Ravenswood with 36 points, while Taylor Treadway pitched in 17 points and Claudia Cubides added 12 points.
A total of four Williamstown players scored in double figures, including Samantha Dedrick with a team-high 18 points. Close behind was Melissa Cieslewski with 17 points and Ashley Morris with 16 points.
Marietta 61, Claymont 39
MARIETTA -Marietta took care of business in quick fashion after defeating Claymont 61-39 on Wednesday night.
The 9-3 Tigers outscored Claymont 19-9 in the first quarter then extended the lead to 36-18 by intermission.
Lain Weppler and Taylor Smith each scored 11 points to pace Marietta, while Brittany Deskins added 10 points.
Caitlin Clarke scored a team-high 10 points for Claymont.
RACINE, Ohio -A sluggish start turned out to be Waterford’s own worst enemy as Southern defeated the Wildcats 62-51 on Wednesday night.
Southern (5-2) outscored Waterford 13-4 in the first quarter then padded the lead to 35-16 by halftime.
Cody Paxton scored a team-high 17 points for Waterford (7-3), while Taylor McNickle scored 17 points to lead four Southern players in double figures.