PHS can’t conquer Capital
Big Reds fall under .500 after loss to Cougars
By STEVE HEMMELGARN
PARKERSBURG — Visiting Capital registered two quarters in the 20s while Parkersburg High never reached the 20-point mark in any quarter Tuesday night to drop a 73-59 decision to the Cougars at Memorial Fieldhouse.
The setback dropped the Big Reds under the .500 mark for the season at 3-4 with their next game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Spring Valley.
The first quarter was close with Capital holding a four-point lead twice, while PHS’ biggest lead was two four times.
The second stanza saw the Cougars go up by five at 27-22 halfway through before a 13-5 run in Capital’s favor in the final 3:12 propelled the visitors on top by a 40-28 margin by halftime.
The third quarter was another even-Steven period with PHS posting a 12-10 edge over the Cougars, letting the Big Reds to pull within 10 at 50-40 with just the last eight minutes to play.
In the fourth quarter, PHS cut the gap to eight three times, the last at 54-46, before a 7-0 mini-spurt pushed Capital ahead at 61-46 with 3:49 left.
But Evan Goudy canned a trey at 3:33 to bring the gap back to 61-49. However, the Cougars netted four of the next six points.
Still, a Benton Strange hoop had PHS within 65-53 until a crushing Capital 8-6 run down the stretch, despite two treys from Kionte Peacock, finished off the Big Reds.
For Capital, there were a trio of double-digit point-producers in K. Martin Jr. with 19, followed by Jabbar Thompson with 15 and Anthony Pittman with 14.
As for PHS, the Big Reds also had three high-scorers, led by Parker Miller with 14 points, Strange with 13 and Peacock with 11.