PARKERSBURG - Senior center Miranda Workman played a career game with 20 points and 15 rebounds to spark host and top sectional seed Parkersburg South to a 72-44 romp over second seed Wheeling Park Friday night for the Class AA Region I, Section 1 championship and a berth in next week's regional.
In a Class AAA top-10 duel between No. 6 South and No. 8 Park, the host team - dominating the boards and defensively stifling Park - turned a 19-15 edge after one quarter into a 33-22 halftime lead, then a 52-34 advantage after three periods en route to the rout.
South, now 16-7, will host University -2-0 against South this season -Tuesday while Park, now 14-9, travels Morgantown the same night for 7 p.m. regional matchups with a pair of state-tournament trips on the line.
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Parkersburg South's Miranda Workman, center, looks for a teammate to start a fast break against Wheeling Park Friday during their Class AAA sectional final game. Parkersburg South won, 72-44.
Sophomore Keya Bartlett led South with 25 points, 14 in the second half when the hosts put the game away by outscoring Park, 53-29. After Workman, who also had four blocks in the game, came freshman point guard Taryn McCutcheon with 17 points and seven assists.
For Park, Haley Robb led with 15 points, followed by Emily Puskarich with 10.
Workman was a force to be reckoned with inside right from the start Friday. Her back-to-back rebound buckets earned South a 4-4 tie before Bartlett tallied nine straight South points, with her second trey in the personal run giving the hosts the lead for good at 13-11. Workman then canned a shot from the corner with three seconds left to give South a four-point lead at the quarter break.
In the second stanza, South took control of the game with a 14-7 point advantage as Workman had two more rebound buckets, and the third quarter saw South top Park again by a 19-12 margin behind a Bartlett 10-point period to surge ahead by 18 going to the fourth quarter.
In fact, an 8-0 third-quarter start by South so frustrated Park head coach Dee Davis that disgusted with her team's play, she subbed for her entire first team for more than a minute. But that didn't help Park as South continued to roll with the spread reaching 23 at 48-25 on a Bartlett hoop at the 3:49 mark.
In the fourth quarter, the South lead peaked at the final score as 10 of the last 12 points fot the hosts came at the foul line, where South was 20 of 26 on the night while shooting 24-of-49 from the field.
Clutching the game ball, Workman admitted her overall game Friday was ''the best game I had in a while.'' She said her previous best game for South was 12 points and 11 rebounds last season. ''When one of us goes down, we all pick up the slack, and that was a big motivation for us tonight as we knew Taryn's ankle was a little shaken up (after rolling it in the first half).
''It was a great game tonight,'' said South head coach Scott Stephens, who added that ''was the best Miranda has played all year long. She played awesome and just did all the little things. Especially early when we really needed her when Taryn went down, she stepped up and played big.''
Braxton County 37
SUTTON - Ravenswood never let off the gas and defeated Braxton County 58-37 in a Class AA sectional final on Friday night.
The Red Devils built a 24-13 lead by halftime and expanded the cushion to 40-19 by the start of the fourth quarter.
Hailey Miller and Melonna Carmichael led the Red Devils with 14 points apiece, while Hannah Murray accounted for nine points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots.
Hunter Sodaro led Braxton County with 16 points, while Taylor Bragg pitched in nine points.