Crusaderettes roll past Ritchie County, 63-21

Freshman leads team in scoring

Photo by Ron Johnston Parkersburg Catholic’s Madeline Huffman (31) dribbles the ball as Ritchie County’s Soffi Bee defends during a high school girls basketball game Friday night in Parkersburg. Catholic won, 63-21.

PARKERSBURG — After freshman Leslie Huffman drained her first two varsity threes in the opening minutes of play, Parkersburg Catholic High was off and running — literally.

The go-go Crusaderettes ran visiting Ritchie County pretty much off the court, downing the Rebels, 63-27, in a season-opening girls’ basketball game at the Fairview Avenue gym Friday night.

The 5-foot-7 Huffman scored a game-high 17 points to pace the PCHS winners.

“I try to watch what I say about our freshman, but Leslie’s a special player,” said Catholic head coach Marty Vierheller. “For somebody who’s a freshman, she doesn’t play like one. That’s for sure.”

All-Stater Aaliyah Brunny added 15 points, while All-Stater Madeline Huffman (Leslie’s older sister) and Madison Ross each netted nine for the Crusaderettes (1-0).

“I thought we showed some good balance tonight,” Vierheller said. “And I was relatively pleased with our patience — and very pleased with our defense and rebounding. We’re pushing that (rebounding), because we’re not very big, and teams are going to try to get after us on the glass. And, this year, we’re putting a big emphasis on that (rebounding).”

PCHS shot 53 percent (25-47) from the floor. Everyone who suited up got playing time.

“We played a lot of people, and it keeps them into it — and they deserve it,” Vierheller said. “They show, and they deserve to play when we can get them in there.

“It’s a carryover from last year. We preach unselfish basketball, and we have unselfish players. They don’t care who scores. They just want to go out and play well — and win. And as a coach, that’s all I can ask.”

Dave McCullough-coached Ritchie was led by junior Ashley Davis’ eight points. The Rebels finished with 27 turnovers. The Rebels shot 38 percent (9-24) from the floor.

Sparked by Leslie Huffman’s nine first-quarter points, Catholic staked itself to an 15-4 advantage — and never looked back.

In the second period, the Crusaderettes outpointed the Rebels, 25-7, and led 40-11 at the intermission.

Brunny followed up a seven-point second stanza with a six-point third as PCHS stretched its lead to 58-14.

Davis scored five of Ritchie’s 13 points in the fourth quarter, while Catholic had only one field goal in the final eight minutes of action.

Parkersburg Catholic 63, Ritchie County 27

Ritchie County 4 7 3 13 — 27

Catholic 15 25 18 5 — 63

RITCHIE COUNTY (0-1)

Bee 1 1-2 3, Jones 0 0-0 0, DePinho 0 1-2 1, Haught 1 1-2 4, Ireland 0 0-0 0, Butcher 0 0-0 0, Cress 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-2 0, Flesher 2 0-0 4, Kirk 1 0-0 3, Stanley 1 0-2 2, Davis 3 1-2 8, Moore 0 2-2 2. TOTALS: 9 6-14 27. 3pt goals: Kirk 1, Haught 1, Davis 1.

CATHOLIC (1-0)

Stotts 0 2-2 2, LRoss 1 0-0 2, Bowersock 0 0-0 0, HSprout 0 0-0 0, LHuffman 71-2 17, Brunny 7 0-0 15, Wojcik 0 0-2 0, MRoss 3 3-4 9, Eastwood 0 0-0 0, Boice 2 0-0 5, MHuffman 4 0-0 9, ASprout 0 0-0 0, Gardner 1 2-2 4. TOTALS: 25 8-10 63. 3pt goals: Boice 1, LHuffman 2, Brunny 1, MHuffman 1.

Shooting: R 9-24 (38 percent), PC 25-47 (53 percent); Turnovers: R 27, PC 12

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