Patriots trounce Hawks, 74-38

PARKERSBURG – University looked good for a quarter and then Parkersburg South’s pressure defense turned it up a notch Tuesday night at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as the host Patriots nearly doubled up the Hawks, 74-38.

Although the visitors led 12-11 after one, the seventh-ranked Class AAA Patriots got a scoring spark from junior point guard Cody Monroe in the second quarter before holding University to one made field goal in the third en route to the easy blowout victory.

Monroe not only tied his career-high with 17 points, which led all scorers, but he also finished with game-highs of eight assists and six steals while grabbing six caroms.

“We got back to being ourselves,” said PSHS head coach Mike Fallon, whose club saw its 10-0 record fall by the wayside last time out versus Morgantown. “We wanted to get up and down with them and we shot the ball better.”

Despite missing 10 of 17 foul shots, the Patriots canned 11 treys on 29 attempts and shot nearly 48 percent from the floor. That included hitting 15 of 30 field goals after intermission.

Ty Dobson’s trey to close the opening eight minutes gave the Patriots, who play at 5:30 p.m. Friday versus Hurricane at the Big Atlantic Classic, some momentum heading into the second stanza.

Monroe, who scored 11 markers in the second, drained a trey to give the hosts the lead for good at 18-15 with 6:18 on the clock.

Jeff Leftridge’s lone deuce kept the Hawks (4-7) within striking distance at 25-21, but Monroe drained his third 3-pointer of the period after an inside-out pass from Tyler Berry. Logan Fryfogle followed that with a bomb of his own and then scored underneath to make it 33-21 when he grabbed an offensive rebound, kicked it to Monroe and was fed the rock right back.

Tevin Dixon, who joined teammate Grant Gutmann in scoring 10 points apiece, started the third with a triple from a Colin Mitchell feed to make it 33-27, but it was all Parkersburg South after that.

JR Kerr knocked down a 3-pointer and scored on a tough underneath lay-in to spark a 15-0 run to end the frame.

Cody Boggs, who hadn’t played since the first game of the season against Linsly due to injury, debuted in the third quarter. Boggs’ soaring reverse lay-in with three minutes to go in the stanza made it 48-27, which proved to be the last points for either program until the fourth.

Senior Tristan Stone did all his damage in the fourth and established a career-high with 11 markers for the Patriots, who were led by Logan Lawrentz’ seven rebounds.

B.J. Warner chipped in six points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Hawks, who had eight turnovers in the second quarter and finished with 22 on the night.