High School Sports Roundup
LKC Third Place Game
Williamstown 69, Braxton County 52
GLENVILLE — Williamstown used an 11-0 third-quarter run to take control of the Little Kanawha Conference third-place game in a 69-52 win over Braxton County Saturday evening at Glenville State’s Waco Center.
Fred Sauro’s Yellowjackets have now captured consecutive third-place finishes (2017 and 18) and a second-place finish (2016) since winning the league in 2015.
Jenna Pridemore and Nicole Reynolds paced the LKC West team with a dozen points each. Pridemore added a pair of triples.
Taylor Newton and Bethany Arnold added 11 markers each.
Jocelyn Abraham scored 21 points as the leader of the Eagles.
Williamstown never trailed as they improved to 15-4 on the season. Braxton pulled within a single point midway through the second quarter but could get no closer.
Ritchie County 63, Buffalo 60
CLARKSBURG — Ritchie County never built a comfortable lead in the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament ninth place game against Buffalo Saturday in Clarksburg.
However, they did hang on to what advantage they had all afternoon en route to a 63-60 win over the Bison.
Rick Haught’s Rebels stayed cool as Buffalo chipped an 8-point final quarter lead down to three in the closing eight minutes. This despite only shooting four free throws the entire game.
Joey James (16), Graden McKinney (14) and Adam Davis (10) all scored in double digits for the Rebels. Their scoring helped offset a 23-point afternoon from the Bison’s Noah Thompson. The win also spoiled Alec Hanshaw’s 11-point, 18-rebound double-double.
South Harrison 53, St. Marys 52
CLARKSBURG– Fouled on a last second layup, Caleb Jenkins went two for two as South Harrison came away with 53-52 win in the WVHIT third-place game versus St. Marys here Saturday at Robert C. Byrd.
Grant Barnhart made six 3s and scored 22 points for SMHS. For South Harrison, Brenten Barnette (23) and Jenkins (20) led the scoring attack.
The Blue Devils play Wednesday at Frontier.
Philo 48, Marietta 41
MARIETTA — After starting the game with a bang, Marietta High bottomed out and dropped a 48-41 decision to the Philo Electrics on Saturday Veterans Night in non-conference action at Sutton Gym.
The J.D. Secrest-coached Tigers (5-14) scored 19 points in the first quarter and followed that up with a combined 22 in the second, third and fourth.
In the second stanza, the orange and black cagers had just one point but still led 20-18 at halftime.
Mark Duckworth led MHS with 11 points, while Derek Duckworth and Austin Witucky each had 10.
Philo (10-9) was paced by Hunter Moore’s 13 points. Trey Lutz added 11, and Aj Clayton and Cody Butler netted nine and seven, respectively. The Electrics were 8 of 8 from the field in the third quarter when they grabbed the lead for the first time in the contest.
Braxton wins Class AA, Region II
BRIDGEPORT — Three-time defending Little Kanawha Conference champ Braxton County qualified nine grapplers to state following a convincing 248-178 Class AA/A, Region II, victory here Saturday versus runner-up Bridgeport.
Doddridge County’s Reese Burnside won the 132-pound title against Roane County’s Colton Saunders. However, Raider Jake Whiting bested the field at 160 and got his regional title versus Joel Cruickshanks.
The Eagles had regional crowns thanks to Jake Long (120), Gavin Triplett (152), Jordan Williams (170) and heavyweight Quin Meador. Also advancing for coach Sterling Beane’s squad were Eethan Cunningham (145), Justin Paletti (160), Seth Meador (195) and Sturgis May (220).
Aside from Cruickshanks, the Panthers qualified three other grapplers to the state meet — 106-pounder Rush Sparks, 126-pounder Blake Sontos and 220-pounder Colton Casto, who lost to Bridgeport’s Kavuaghn Summers in the finals.
Burnside will be joined in Huntington by Bulldog teammates Joseph Powers (120) and Jared Jones (138).
Along with Whiting and Saunders, the Raiders also will send 138-pound runner-up David Rhodes as well as DJ Smith, who placed fourth at heavyweight.
St. Marys’ Houser wins regional
FAIRMONT — Wiley Houser of St. Marys won the Class AA/A, Region I, 120-pound title here Saturday by pinning Ritchie County’s Brady Layman with 13 ticks left in the second period.
East Fairmont topped runner-up Oak Glen for the team crown, 196.5 to 175.5.
Ritchie County also had a finalist in 126-pounder Connor Spaulding, but the Rebel came up just short to Fairmont Senior’s Mikey Jones, 13-8.
The only other area grappler to reach the finals was Magnolia heavyweight Mikey Hamrick, who lost via fall in 11 seconds to now 38-0 Zach Frazier of Fairmont Senior.
Houser’s teammate Brian Rhodes finished fourth at 138 and also qualified for the state tournament.
Ritchie County’s Hunter Leggett placed fourth at 195 after falling 3-1 in overtime to Keyser’s Adam Kephart.
Magnolia’s James Stillwagoner also advanced. He took fourth after losing his consolation finals match to North Marion’s Garrett Conaway, 8-5.