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Shots don’t fall for South in loss to Linsly, 58-44

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Parkersburg South’s Carrie Rhodes, left, guards Linsly’s Molly Heron during a high school girls basketball game Saturday at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

PARKERSBURG — Playing for the first time in 10 days, visiting Linsly was able to pull away from Parkersburg South here Saturday afternoon inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center for a 58-44 victory.

The 8-0 Cadets trailed 15-12 early in the second after Hannah Wingrove made two free throws for part of her eight points. However, the Patriots’ lone field goal of the quarter came via a Carrie Rhodes 12-foot baseline jumper with 34 ticks left in the first half as Linsly led 22-19 at intermission.

PSHS, which dropped to 6-5 and heads Monday to Oak Hill, trailed just 27-26 after Skylar Bosley rattled in a trifecta at 3:40 of the third, but the hosts missed their final five shots and trailed 34-29 entering the fourth.

A deep bomb by Wingrove with 7:30 remaining closed the gap to 36-32, but Linsly proceeded to score 12 straight to take command as the next Parkersburg South field goal came with 2 minutes left thanks to a Bosley make.

“You’re going to have those games where you just don’t shoot well and this was one,” admitted PSHS boss Rick Dobson, who got 15 points apiece from Bosley and Rylee Harner. “I thought for the most part we did a lot of other things very well. We just couldn’t score. We played good defense. We made our foul shots.

“We were 16 of 18, but we just struggled from hitting the 2s and 3s. We were 2 of 17 from 3 and I know we were less than 30% from 2 and you can’t win a game that way. I’m not making any excuses for the girls. It is what it is. We got beat. They are very solid. We’re OK. We got a tough week next week on purpose.”

Rhodes had three blocks in the opening quarter and finished with four points as well as a team-high seven rebounds.

Linsly, which converted 23 of 26 foul shots including 13 of 14 in the fourth, was able to push ahead 32-28 at 2:31 of the third when Ally Hicks drained a 3 from the wing that banked in high off the glass.

The key run for the Cadets in the fourth quarter was started by a Molly Heron deuce. She double-doubled with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Haley Heitz, who scored eight points, capped the spurt with a 3.

Nevaeh Cook (15) and Brinley Steen (14) joined Heron in scoring double figures. Linsly also received six points, nine rebounds and six blocks from Carleigh Grimm.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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