South pulls upset: Winans leads Patriots past University

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Parkersburg South’s Erin Williams (20) attempts a jumper as University’s Zoe Murphy (3) tries to challenge the shot during a high school girls basketball game Thursday at Rod Oldham Athletic Center. Parkersburg South won, 66-61.

PARKERSBURG — Rylee Harner and Makenna Winans knocked down two charity stripe tosses apiece in the final 13.6 seconds here Thursday evening at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as No. 10 Parkersburg South climbed back to the .500 plateau after upending No. 6 University, 66-61.

The Hawks, who dropped to 8-4 and had a five-game winning streak snapped, had the affair tied at 24-all midway through the second quarter following an Abbie Coen deuce, but the 6-6 Patriots of head coach Ed Davis scored 10 straight and never trailed again.

Winans, who drained 12 of 14 from the foul line which included 5 of 6 in the fourth, tallied a game-high 22 points and added six rebounds for PSHS, which is scheduled to play at about 1 p.m. Saturday at Brooke. Sierra Hays canned a quartet of 3s and finished with 19 points while Erin Williams had nine and Lauren Pelfrey seven in the victory.

“This is a nice win for us and a bounce-back after the PHS game,” said Davis, whose club played the final 1:43 of the third and the entire fourth without guard Kenzie Johnson, who left the game after falling awkwardly into the bottom of the wall while challenging a shot by Hawk Ashten Boggs.

“I’m very proud of them. I thought it was a total team effort and that’s what we need.”

Boggs had 19 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. She also dished out four assists and had a pair of steals. Mallory Napolillo pitched in 15 points and seven boards while teammate Selena Jenkins had 11 markers with Coen going for eight points and eight caroms.

“I think it was more of a muscular thing,” Davis said of Johnson, who was on the floor for not quite five minutes but then walked off under her own power. “Obviously, we missed her when she’s not there, but I think Rylee played a good game off the bench tonight and Skylar (Bosley) too and Jordan Huffman.

“Her (Huffman) and Lauren Pelfrey did a nice job in that five spot, or the four spot, depending on where Makenna is. They are a nice ball club.”

It was a Pelfrey foul shot which gave the Patriots the lead for good at 25-24. After that, Williams hit from deep. Winans had a steal which led to a coast-to-coast layup for Hays. Bosley then scored from the block after Winans got the ball on the other block and fed her for an open hoop. Hays’ steal and assist then led to a Harner lay-in and the Patriots led 34-24.

Winans’ bucket prior to the horn thanks to a Bosley feed gave PSHS a 36-28 halftime advantage.

PSHS led by as many as 11 points in the third quarter, but a Coen field goal closed the deficit to 50-43 entering the fourth.

Consecutive baskets by Jenkins, the second of which was a trifecta, drew the Hawks within one at 56-55 with 3:35 to go, but the Patriots never gave up their lead and connected on 11 of 15 free throws in the final period.

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