PHS girls cruise after slow start

Parkersburg’s Madi Mace smothers Capital’s Danijah Allen during the Big Reds’ 91-51 victory over the Cougars Tuesday night inside PHS Memorial Fieldhouse. Mace paced the Big Reds with 19 points on the night. Photo by Joe Albright.

PARKERSBURG — It took a little while for Class AAA No. 7 Parkersburg High School to get rolling against Capital after a nine-day break but once the Big Reds found their game they ran away for a 91-51 win over the visiting Cougars here Tuesday night inside Memorial Fieldhouse.

“We looked rusty in the first half,” said PHS head coach Kenny DeMoss. “We put in some things tonight we have been working on in practice and they went okay. I thought our second half defensive intensity really worked well. Last time we played Capital Alex Gray had 41 points against us and tonight she only had 13 and that was our focus. We wanted to shut her down and make the other team beat us and we did. I thought the kids did an extremely good job tonight.

“We shot way too many threes but overall we challenged them to get to the basket in the second half and they did.”

Freshman post players Bre Wilson and Madi Mace led the way for the Big Reds, who return to action Thursday night when they welcome Woodrow Wilson to town for a 7:30 p.m. start. The two young ladies combined for 33 of the Big Reds’ 91 points. Mace scored 18 markers on six makes from the field and 6 of 6 from the charity stripe, while Wilson tallied 15 points on five made field goals and 5 of 6 from the line.

Wilson got her scoring started early with the first 10 points of the game for PHS. Mace grabbed seven of her markers in the second quarter for PHS.

It wasn’t all the youthful fresh faces scoring however, senior Hannah Carroll played a great game and tallied 14 points, a pair of boards and the same amount of steals.

PHS grabbed a quick 23-13 lead after the opening period of play but then Capital methodically worked to get the lead down to four on a 7-0 run in the second quarter. A basket by Sade Moore at the 5:52 mark put the score at 29-25. Parkersburg responded with a 15-6 run to end the second stanza up 44-31.

Mace’s shot-and-one at the 5:28 mark of the third quarter pushed the Big Reds ahead by 17 and it only got worse from there. Buckets from Mace, Aleeah Crites, Allie Bunner and Sophia Shank pushed the home team’s advantage up to 26 at the end of three.

Capital did not hit a shot from the field in the final period, instead tallying just three points on charity stripe makes from Gray (2) and Janae Faucett (1).

Carroll grabbed four of her points in the closing period. Shay-Lee Kirby scored four of her nine in the final quarter as well.