Winans scores 38; South blows out John Marshall

Parkersburg South’s Makenna Winans, who poured in a career-high 38 points during the Patriots’ 74-41 season-opening victory Tuesday night against John Marshall inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center, stops the drive of Monarch guard Grace Frohnapfel. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

PARKERSBURG — Sophomore Makenna Winans knocked down 15 of 17 field goals en route to a career-high 38 points here Tuesday evening inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center to help host Parkersburg South run past John Marshall, 74-41, in the season opener for both teams.

Winans, who knocked down a pair of 3s and drained 6 of 8 foul shots, had 21 in the first half as the Monarchs trailed 38-22 at intermission.

After the break, the 10th-grader added eight more in the third and nine in the fourth.

“Our defense was really important tonight,” admitted Winans, who helped the hosts force 31 John Marshall turnovers. “As soon as I came out someone told me I had 38 and I didn’t know. I think this just got all of our nerves out and gave us a little bit more confidence. I’m proud of everybody.”

Grace Frohnapfel’s deuce, part of her team-high 14 points, put the visitors ahead 2-0 just 35 ticks in, but head coach Ed Davis’ squad went on a 13-2 spurt to take control. Winans’ field goal from the block was followed by Allie Taylor’s left-wing 3 for a 5-2 cushion. After Winans made two charity stripe tosss, Devin Hefner scored and following consecutive turnovers the Monarchs were down nine as Sierra Hays and Hefner followed with lay-ins.

“We’ve been really spending a lot of practice time on defense,” noted coach Davis, whose squad lost senior guard Savannah Hays for the second straight year after she suffered a knee injury during last week’s scrimmage versus Wyoming East.

“There are still things we need to clean up, but overall, if they play that kind of defense and we can get out in tranisition, I think that’s where they are most comfortable playing.”

Back-to-back buckets by Winans closed the scoring in the first as South led 19-6.

Allyssa Wilson canned a triple for a 32-20 cushion with 3:50 left in the half, but another deuce by Frohnapfel cut the deficit back to 10. However, the Patriots’ transition game continued to produce as Hefner (11 points) scored again. Winans added the final two baskets to put the Monarchs in a 16-point deficit at the break, 38-22.

“She’s done a real good job in practice,” Davis said of Winans. “Coach Gary Harvey works with our posts and he’s done a really good job with her and coach (Chris) Hyson in the offseason and she’s gotten a lot better footwork-wise and running the court and the kids did a really good job of finding her in transition and rewarding her.”

Any doubt about the outcome was quickly quelled when the Patriots opened the second half on a 13-0 run. Winans had eight markers while Hefner had the other five, including a fastbreak lay-in from a Kenzie Johnson assist for a 51-22 bulge at the 3:24 mark. Taylor, who finished with 10 points, tallied the final two baskets of the stanza as South led 55-30 entering the final eight minutes.

“They are really good and so fundamentally sound offensively and defensively,” Davis said of South’s opponent, a road trip Monday to Fort Frye. “You’re going to be in for a struggle whenever you play them, no matter where you play.”