Edison completes perfect season

PARKERSBURG – The Edison 7th/8th grade girls basketball team had Blennerhassett’s number. In fact, Edison had everyone’s number within the Wood County Middle School League.

Wednesday night at Parkersburg High School’s Memorial Fieldhouse, Edison pitched a shutout for the final four minutes of regulation and defeated Blennerhassett 43-29 to claim the county tournament championship.

During two regular season meetings with the Bobcats, Edison won both by a total of 11 points. Last night against their southside neighbors, the Eagles scored the final nine points of the game, including two buckets from point guard Alyssa Wilson.

“These girls have never gotten worried when they’ve fallen behind -they’ve always played relaxed,” Edison coach Janet Sears. “I can’t tell by the way they are playing if they are up 10 or down 10. It was just a tremendous team effort tonight.”

Helping secure Edison’s perfect 12-0 season were three individuals scoring in double figures with Devin Hefner leading the way with 15 points, followed by Toria Moore and Savannah Hays with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

“These girls played as a team every single game,” Sears said.

Blennerhassett was never the same after point guard Madison Williams fouled out with 2 1/2 minutes left on the clock. The eighth grader had accounted for the Bobcats’ only four points of the fourth quarter before she was whistled for going over the back as Hefner picked off one of her game-high 13 rebounds.

“Losing Madison took some momentum out of us,” Blennerhassett coach Cindi Taylor said. “When you lose your point guard, that’s the key to your offense sometimes. Our baskets just didn’t fall.”

Allie Taylor scored a team-high nine points for Blennerhassett, which suffered its only losses to Edison this season and closed out the campaign at 11-3. Haley Cothern added eight points for the Bobcats, while Williams finished with seven points.

“Edison is a tough team – they have good athletes and they are built with eighth graders,” Taylor said. “We had an excellent season, though. Everybody improved on our team and that’s what you look for in middle school.

“It was real hard playing Edison because these girls will be attending high school together. It’s tough to have to play the school right down the street.”

Edison bolted out to a 10-2 lead but fell on shaky ground when its leading scorer, Hefner, picked up her second foul at the 1:21 mark of the first quarter and the Eagles in front 13-8.

“Devin is pretty smart,” Sears said. “She’s played with fouls before, but I just let her play through it.”

Even with Hefner back on the floor in time for the start of the second quarter, Blennerhassett reeled off eight straight points for an 18-15 advantage

The tables turned in the final three minutes as Edison scored the last eight points for a 23-18 halftime lead. The margin reached 12 points at 32-20 on back-to-back buckets from Hays with just under three minutes remaining in the third period.

Blennerhassett crept back within striking distance by outscoring Edison 9-2 and closed the difference to 34-29 at the four-minute mark of the fourth quarter. The Bobcats, however, hit just 2-of-17 from the floor in the final six minutes and could pull no closer.