Local Sports Roundup


Fairmont Senior 69, Ritchie County 31

FAIRMONT – Ritchie County couldn’t overcome a porous shooting night and the Rebels were turnover prone as the Ellenboro squad saw its season come to an end following Thursday night’s 69-31 loss to host Fairmont Senior in a Class AA, Region I contest.

Emily Stollar led all point-producers with 20 points as the Polar Bears (21-1) led 25-2 after one and 38-8 at halftime.

Kylie Gump’s eight points and five rebounds led the 8-16 Rebels, who also got seven points from Vanessa Tallman along with four points and a team-high six caroms from Abby Burgess.

Fairmont Senior, which advances to next week’s state tournament in Charleston, also got a dozen counters from Erica Bowles and 10 markers from Kelsey Morone.


No. 1 Glenville State 75,

No. 8 Wheeling Jesuit 53

CHARLESTON – Top-seeded Glenville State advanced to Saturday’s 2:15 p.m. Mountain East Conference tournament semifinals following an easy 75-53 triumph against No. 8 seed Wheeling Jesuit here Thursday inside the Charleston Civic Center.

The Pioneers, ranked ninth in Division II, improved to 26-3 and were led by Ginny Mills’ game-high 19 points. Tasia Bistow had 15 points while Aesha Peters chipped in four points, six rebounds and five blocked shots.

Wheeling Jesuit, which ended its season at 15-13 and trailed 31-24 at intermission, had three players reach double figures. Taneka Lewis led the way with 14 markers. Taylor Lubinsky and Jaila Bryant finished with 10 points apiece.

No. 2 West Liberty 82,

No. 10 Virginia-Wise 57

CHARLESTON – Former Williamstown all-stater Liz Flowers finished with 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to help lead West Liberty to an 82-57 blowout win against Virginia-Wise in the MEC quarterfinals.

The Hilltoppers (20-9) never trailed in the game, hit 14 3s and received 17 points from Jenn Mohney and 15 more from Colleen McCormick on five 3s. Kierra Simpson added eight points and eight boards in the victory.

Virginia-Wise (10-9) was led by Reynesha Archer’s game-high 22 points.

No. 3 Charleston 72, No. 6 Urbana 64

CHARLESTON – Kiara Johnson scored 15 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead Charleston to a 72-64 win versus Urbana in the quarterfinals of the MEC tournament.

The Golden Eagles advance to the semifinals to take on West Liberty at noon on Saturday.

UC (20-7) held a 17-9 advantage in second-chance points. The Golden Eagles took advantage of a cold shooting stretch for Urbana in the second half that saw the Blue Knights go just 2 of 15 in a 9 minute stretch.

Senior DeVonyea Johnson’s 20 points led Urbana (18-10). Ebany Brumfield came off the bench to score 10 points and grab eight rebounds.

No. 4 W.Va. State 71,

No. 5 Fairmont State 59

CHARLESTON – Fourth-seeded West Virginia State defeated No. 5 Fairmont State 71-59 late Thursday night in the final MEC quarterfinals and earned a trip to Saturday’s semifinals versus Glenville State.

In a game which featured eight ties and 11 lead changes, the Yellow Jackets (19-10) pulled away after leading 36-32 at halftime. In the regular season, the Fighting Falcons (18-10) lost 63-62 and 78-75 to WVSU.

Lexy Carson poured in a game-high 24 points in the victory. Teammate Asia Greenleaf, a Parkersburg South all-stater, added 13 points and eight rebounds.

FSU, which missed 15 of 17 from 3-point land, had a trio of double figure scorers. Makenzie White led the way with 16 points, Hallie Gunnoe had 15 and Hailey Garrett contributed 10 tallies.


Ohio State 86, Northwestern 77

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Ameryst Alston scored 30 points and Darryce Moore and Martina Ellerbe had double-doubles as eighth-seeded Ohio State pulled away in the closing minutes on Thursday to defeat ninth-seeded Northwestern 86-77 in the opening game of the Big Ten Tournament.

Alston, who finished one point shy of matching her career-high, broke a 73-73 tie with a layup with 1:53 to play. Ellerbe followed with a steal that was turned into her 3-pointer at the 1:24 mark and, after a Northwestern miss, Alston made two free throws for an 80-72 lead with 51 seconds remaining.

Ellerbe finished with 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Buckeyes (16-17), who face top-seeded and 11th-ranked Penn State (22-6) on Friday. Moore added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

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Girls Basketball

Class A, Region IV, Section 1

Championship game

Williamstown 63, Gilmer County 60

GLENVILLE -Williamstown concentrated on the interior, while Gilmer County fed off the perimeter as the Yellowjackets defeated the Titans 63-60 in Friday’s championship game of Class A, Region IV, Section 1.

Three Williamstown players scored in double figures, including freshman point guard Ashley Morris with 16 points. Melissa Cieslewski had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Aubrey Yeager pitched in 10 points.

Yeager responded when asked upon even though she did not play in Wednesday’s sectional semifinal win against Parkersburg Catholic.

“I didn’t think Aubrey believed in herself as much as we as a coaching staff believed in her,” Williamstown coach Fred Sauro said. “She has good range and plays good defense. She did a great job guarding Gilmer’s Julie Bishop.”

Bishop led Gilmer County (18-6) with 22 points, while Kylie Shuff and Emilie Jedamski tossed in 16 and 12 points, respectively. Jedamski knocked down four 3-pointers as the Titans combined for 11 treys total.

The Yellowjackets, however, forced the issue inside and made 39 trips to the free-throw line, making 21 of those attempts.

“We were driving and kicking out, and hitting our big players inside,” Sauro said. “We were spreading it out, and tried to take advantage by taking it to the hole.”

Also putting up big numbers for Williamstown (16-7) were Samantha Dedrick with 20 rebounds and Allie Robinson with 10 boards.

In Friday’s championship game of Region IV, Section 2, top-ranked Huntington St. Joe defeated Charleston Catholic 75-43. Next Wednesday in the regional, Williamstown will host Charleston Catholic and Gilmer County travels to Huntington St. Joe.

Class A, Region 1, Section 2

Championship game

St. Marys 55, Trinity 49

PADEN CITY -St. Marys recorded its 21st win of the season here Friday night, downing Trinity, 55-49, in a hard-fought game for the Class A, Region 1, Section 2 championship.

The 21-1 Blue Devils trailed 13-11 after the first quarter but dominated the next eight minutes for a 23-17 halftime edge.

St. Marys got 19 points each from Ashley Hall and Kendra Walker, who topped the 1,000-point mark for her career. With the win, the Blue Devils will entertain Magnolia at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a regional contest with the winner earning a berth in the state tournament.

Trinity (13-6) got 12 points from Megan Myers and 11 from Jackie Halapy.

Class AA, Region I, Section 2

Championship Game

Webster County 59, Ritchie County 52

UPPER GLADE -Foul trouble and a disparity in the free-throw situation, and Ritchie County still managed to cut an 18-point deficit to single digits before falling 59-52 in Friday’s championship game of Class AA, Region I, Section 2.

Trailing 48-31 heading into the fourth quarter, Ritchie County managed to close within five points at one juncture. Leading the charge for the Rebels (8-15) was Stephanie Kirk, who scored 10 of her team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Fouling out for Ritchie County were Abby Burgess midway in the third quarter and Vanessa Tallman midway in the fourth period. Amanda Hall also picked up a fifth foul late in the game.

Webster County (15-8) attempted 32 free throws compared to 12 for the Rebels. Megan Bragg led Webster County with 13 points, while Courtney King pitched in 12 points.

Ritchie County will now travel to top-ranked Fairmont Senior next Thursday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Boys Basketball

Roane County 72, Ritchie County 49

ELLENBORO -Roane County and Ritchie County completed the regular season here Friday night with the Raiders taking an early lead en route to a 72-49 Little Kanawha Conference win.

Roane County (17-5) got a game-high 23 points from Jacob Neal while Isaac Wilmoth added 10 points.

Ritchie County (5-15) was led by Seth Cottrill with 14 points. Riley Allen added 12 and Corey Farley 11 for the Rebels.

Ritchie County, the number four seed in the sectional tournament, will entertain No. 5 Braxton County at 7 p.m. Monday as tournament play begins.

Berlin Hiland 68, Frontier 33

BERLIN, Ohio – The drama disappeared early as Berlin Hiland defeated Frontier 68-33 on Friday night.

Berlin Hiland raced out to a 24-9 first-quarter lead then increased the margin to 39-17 by halftime.

Nick Camino led Frontier with nine points, while Damon Matheney added eight points. Todd Ropp paced Berlin Hiland with 19 points.

Warren 57, Circleville 52

ATHENS – Warren erased a two-point halftime deficit with a ruge in the third period while defeating Circleville 57-52 in a Division II district semifinal.

Reece Patton led Warren (21-3) with 17 points, and Evan French tossed in 16 points. Will Giffin scored a team-high 18 points for Circleville (17-7).

Warren advances to Saturday’s (March 8) district final against Logan Elm back at the Convo. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.