South tops Pt. Pleasant, improves to 9-0

PARKERSBURG – Sixth-ranked Class AAA Parkersburg South forced 14 first-half Point Pleasant turnovers Tuesday night at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center and improved to 9-0 following a 63-51 win against the Big Blacks.

Wade Martin had a game-high 18 points, but the visitors only had one bench point. Conversely, PSHS scored 23 points from the non-starters, including nine by Garrett Gilkeson and eight from Tyler Berry, who grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Point Pleasant’s inability to contain Cody Monroe proved costly. The Patriot junior point guard only scored nine points, but collected 10 assists and seven steals.

PSHS, which plays host Friday to No. 10 Wheeling Park, got the fans on their feet early. Logan Lawrentz, who had a team-high 14 points, made a steal and flushed down a dunk for an early 4-0 cushion. Martin’s trey midway through the period gave the visitors their only lead at 9-8. However, the Patriots ended the stanza on a 10-2 spurt and held an 18-11 cushion, after Monroe drained a trey thanks to a Berry skip pass and a ball reversal by Dylon Rippeto.

The two teams combined to miss 13 of 15 field goals to start the second, but a 10-0 run by the Patriots to close the half put the Big Blacks in a 31-14 hole they couldn’t rally from. Logan Fryfogle’s triple capped the run with two seconds left before intermission.

Point Pleasant, which got 11 points from Alex Somerville along with seven markers and a game-high 12 caroms from Aden Yates, continued to fight. A trey by Garrett Norris via a Brian Gibbs assist made it 41-31 late in the third, but the hosts led by a dozen entering the final eight minutes when Berry scored on a hook shot from a Monroe inbounds pass. Nick Templeton’s three-point play with 3:06 left in the third actually made it an eight-point deficit, but the Big Blacks never cut it back to a two possession affair.

Lawrentz opened the fourth with a 3-ball and then his second reverse lay-in of the night. When Monroe drove to the hole for a layup with 5:39 to play, the Patriots held a commanding 54-34 advantage.

Point Pleasant, which got eight rebounds, four steals and three assists from Martin, returns to action this evening with a road trip to Spring Valley.