South girls sharp in 47-22 win vs. Waterford

Patriot defense steps up vs. Wildcats

Photo by Ron Johnston Parkersburg South’s Jordan Huffman (0) drives with the ball as Waterford’s Emily Kern (4) defends during a high school girls basketball game Saturday at the Harry Cooper Annex. South won, 47-22.

WATERFORD — Parkersburg South High owned the whip hand.

The Patriots limited Ohio-ranked Waterford High to three single digit quarters en route to a 47-22 triumph Saturday night in non-conference girls’ basketball action at the Harry Cooper Annex.

“The kids have had a really good week of practice,” said PSHS head coach Ed Davis. “We hadn’t played for 10 days, and you never know. But we’ve been communicating well in practice. The kids did great.”

South, which evened its record at 7-7, was paced by Lauren Pelfrey’s game-high 14 points. Kenzie Johnson added 10, while Sierra Hays and Makenna Winans had eight apiece. Jordan Huffman finished with four markers.

Waterford, No. 9 in Division IV with a 12-2 mark, was led by Riley Schweikert’s six points, all in the first half. Mackenzie Suprano and Emily Kern each chipped in with five markers. Rachael Adams and Cara Taylor finished with three points apiece.

The Jerry Close-coached Wildcats’ only other setback this season was to Minford in December.

“Waterford’s a great team, and Jerry’s a great coach,” Davis said. “These are good community games, and I think they’re a lot of fun no matter what happens.”

With Pelfrey and Winans each scoring four points, South staked itself to a 12-2 first-quarter advantage. Waterford was 1 of 15 from the field with Schweikert scoring the green and white cagers’ only points.

In the second quarter, Johnson tallied eight points and Pelfrey seven as the Patriots stretched their lead to 30-8 at halftime.

“That’s where we’re best on offense when we’re in transition,” Davis said. “And, give our assistant coaches credit. They’ve been working hard with the team on the trap and zone.”

After the break, the rout resumed with Hays scoring six third-quarter points. PSHS led 39-12 going into the final period.

The Wildcats outscored the Pats, 10-8 in the fourth quarter with Suprano leading the charge with five points.

In the contest, Waterford was 8 of 51 shooting.

The Cats are scheduled to play at Eastern in a Tri-Valley Conference-Hocking Divison matchup at 6 p.m. Monday.