Glenville St. women advance

Pioneers top WV State in MEC tourney

Photo courtesy Sam Santilli Photography Glenville State's Blaize Burgess drives in the paint during the Pioneers' 105-86 Mountain East Conference quarterfinal win against W.Va. State on Thursday inside Wheeling's WesBanco Arena. Burgess came off the GSC bench and finished with 17 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.

WHEELING — Payton Shears had a game-high 24 points and Charity Shears tossed in 14 more for West Virginia State, but it wasn’t nearly enough as No. 18 Glenville State rolled the Yellow Jackets, 105-86, Thursday evening in the Mountain East Conference quarterfinals inside WesBanco Arena.

The Pioneers (27-2) closed out the first quarter with a 15-3 run to take a 28-16 lead, which head coach Kim Stephens’ squad pushed to a 45-25 halftime advantage.

“I was pleased with the way we rebounded the ball. I was not pleased with the turnovers we had,” said Stephens, who got 22 points from Emily Stoller and a double-double of 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds from Donasja Scott.

“I thought we shot the ball fairly well. I thought we had good energy. It was one of the best rebounding efforts I’ve seen this group have. That’s something we have to build on for the next couple days.”

GSC held a 65-53 edge on the boards, which included 36 offensive rebounds.

“That was big and that was effort. I was proud of that,” said Stephens, the MEC Coach of the Year.

W.Va. State (8-21) lost the turnover battle 32-22 as the Pioneers held a 31-14 advantage in points off turnovers. GSC also had a dominating 32-7 edge in second-chance points.

Blaize Burgess came through with 17 points off the bench and chipped in four rebounds, three steals and two assists.

MEC Freshman of the Year Re’Shawna Stone had 12 points and five rebounds for the Pioneers, who also received 10 counters and six boards from Taychaun Hubbard. Courtney Davis added seven markers and 10 rebounds in the victory.

Glenville State, which also got nine points, three assists and a game-high five steals from Maya Horne, advanced to the first semifinal at noon Saturday against No. 4 seed West Liberty. At 2:15 p.m., second-seeded Charleston will take on third-seeded Concord.