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PHS splits with Cabell Midland

Big Reds’ boys win, girls get demolished

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Parkersburg’s Sammy McCale elevates for a three-point goal during the Big Reds’69-59 win over No. 4 Cabell Midland Tuesday night inside PHS Memorial Fieldhouse. Parkersburg boys and girls split with Cabell Midland.

PARKERSBURG — Bryson Singer went off for 23 points and a game-high 23 rebounds and Parkersburg got a solid effort throughout the lineup as the Big Reds upset Class AAAA, No. 4 Cabell Midland, 69-59, here Tuesday evening inside Memorial Fieldhouse.

Prior to the boys’ game, the third-ranked Knight girls improved to 6-2 after handing the No. 9 Big Reds a 64-42 setback.

“We got down a little bit, but we had to keep fighting through and go with the adversity of coach (Bryan Crislip who left at halftime) not being here,” admitted Singer, who was tied for game-high scoring honors by Chandler Schmidt. “That was the big thing him not being here and helping us through the win.

“We were hitting our shots and a lot more kids stepped up their games today. Sammy McCale (seven points) had a good game. Julian (Martin) had another good game. Austin (Fleming, 11 points) had his career high today. We all played good. I think that’s the reason why we came out with a win.”

Parkersburg, which also got 18 points from Carson Dennis and six by Josh Kopec, improved to 2-5 and plays Thursday at South Charleston.

“He had a couple health issues that sidelined him. He was 50-50 on even coming tonight,” admitted Big Red assistant coach Billy Cottrill , who was aided on the bench by fellow assistant Jeremy Bell. “We are super happy he made it at least for the first half.

“It made it easier on us to keep the gameplan put together. We know what we needed to do. Both the Schmidt boys are phenomenal players and good athletes. They made a little run there in the second half and I’m happy our guys decided to fight.”

Cabell Midland’s only lead came at 5-4 when Ethan Taylor hit a 3. The Knights (5-3) didn’t have anyone else reach double figures, but Corey Sweeney had nine points, Palmer Riggio eight, Dominic Schmidt seven with Taylor and Kyle Frost chipping in six markers apiece.

The Big Reds used a McCale bucket in the paint along with a late Singer scooping lay-in to forge a 36-19 halftime advantage. CMHS shot just 6 of 27 in the first half, which included missing 12 of 13 from beyond the arc.

PHS led my as many as 21 in the third quarter and still held a 46-26 advantage at the 3:22 mark following a Fleming three-point play. However, the Knights were able to close to within 52-38 going into the fourth thanks to a Chandler Schmidt 14-foot jumper.

Cabell Midland continued its rally and cut it to five, 54-49, after two Chandler Schmidt charity stripe tosses with 4:17 to go. However, Dennis made a free throw and then got consecutive putbacks to push the cushion back to 10.

Head coach JJ Martin’s gang finished 5 of 30 from deep.

Parkersburg’s girls also had the same issues as the Knight boys. Head coach Scott Cozzens’ squad, which dropped to 5-7 and plays the late game Thursday at South Charleston, missed all nine attempts from 3 in the first half and actually was 0 of 15 until Jordan Balog’s trifecta beat the third-quarter horn from a Sierra Mason dime, but the Knights were in complete control at that point with a 51-25 bulge.

Rylee Allie, who led all scorers with 17 points, gave the Knights the lead for good when she opened the scoring 52 ticks in with a triple. Although Mason scored thanks to a Mya Barrett assist, Allie hit again from deep and then Jayda Allie did the same. It was 14-5 CMHS following a Jazmyn Wheeler make, but the Big Reds used buckets by Barrett, Brilynn Florence and Ellie Slack to cut it to 14-11 after one.

Cabell Midland’s press forced seven red and white turnovers in the second quarter. PHS also made just 1 of 7 field goals and found itself trailing 32-14 at intermission. Rylee Allie put the finishing touch on the first half with a buzzer-beating 3 thanks to a KK Wallis assist.

Wheeler finished with 12 points while Jayda Allie and Autumn Lewis tallied 11 counters each.

Florence led the Big Reds with 12 points. Balog and Barrett finished with 10 markers apiece.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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