PHS can’t conquer Capital

Big Reds fall under .500 after loss to Cougars

Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn
PHS’ Kionte Peacock tries to get through Capital defenders Khamari Welch (0) and Kerry Martin Jr. (3) in the Cougars’ 73-59 win over the Big Reds Tuesday night.

Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn PHS’ Kionte Peacock tries to get through Capital defenders Khamari Welch (0) and Kerry Martin Jr. (3) in the Cougars’ 73-59 win over the Big Reds Tuesday night.

By STEVE HEMMELGARN

shemmelgarn@newsandsentinel.com

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.

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