South girls clamp down on St. Albans in Sectional
PARKERSBURG — Makalah Williams’ top of the key trifecta opened the scoring here Wednesday night inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center and host Parkersburg South never trailed as the Patriots cruised past St. Albans, 49-24, in a Class AAAA, Region IV, Section 2 semifinal.
Rylee Harner followed with a steal and a layup and it was 8-0 after Harner recorded one of her game-high seven thefts and then got one of her game-high four assists to Skylar Bosley, who drained a 3 for part of her game-high 13 counters.
Kira Hinzman’s bucket via a Kylie Binion dime got the Red Dragons (2-11) on the scoreboard, but Williams followed that with a deuce from the block and then Hannah Wingrove made four foul shots for a 14-2 bulge.
Two foul shots by Laynie Binion and one from Carson Lane-Sturgill allowed SAHS to trim the deficit to single digits for the final time. However, the Patriots held a 19-5 cushion after one thanks to a Brooke Sandy trifecta and then another Harner field goal.
The victory for PSHS (8-6) sets up the 7 p.m. Friday rubber match versus rival Parkersburg at the ROAC. Both teams will advance to next week’s regional regardless of the outcome.
“This season we’ve worked really hard and we’ve all tried really hard and put a lot of work in,” admitted Williams. “I think we all work really well together and we get stuff done.
“Friday is going to be a really big game. I think it’s going to be a really good one. The rivalry is strong this year and I think we’ll do really good.”
St. Albans was plagued by 19 first-half turnovers and still trailed 26-11 with 3:23 left in he half when Jayden Doub connected from downtown. PSHS pushed ahead 30-11 at the break with the final point of the half coming via an Aubree White foul shot.
The first 3:48 of the third quarter wasn’t for the faint of heart. Although Jayla Seams (team-high seven points) opened the scoring after intermission with a lay-in, the two teams proceeded to go a combined 1 of 14 from the field with 12 turnovers before Wingrove, who scored a dozen, canned two more charity stripe tosses.
Top-seeded Parkersburg South, which also received 10 points from Harner, led 39-15 entering the fourth thanks to a Bosley reverse lay-in.
“I’m very happy with the results of playing a lot of kids and getting them off the bench and doing the things we do,” admitted Patriot boss Rick Dobson, whose team shot just 26.3% (15 of 57), but held SAHS to 18.2% (6 of 33). “We just keep getting better every game.
“I expect us to make a great run. I’ve tried to be very simple and not so complex this year and we’ve been doing the same thing every game, but it’s not scoutable. That’s one good thing about it. The kids have bought into it. They realize what they need to do to score.”
With just one day of practice before the sectional final, Dobson said they are likely going to just watch film, fine tune a few things and get some shots up.
“We just got to put the ball in the hoop when we have the open looks,” added Dobson, who got five counters apiece from Williams and Sandy along with a block by Carrie Rhodes. “We get the open looks from our offense so why change, just keep doing what we’re doing.
“We got a lot of mixes on our defense and they’ve bought into our man. We’re a very solid defensive team. Just try to get them relaxed and feel comfortable about where we are at and where we are headed.”
Laynie Binion finished with six points in the setback and Hinzman grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
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