WEIRTON - Weirton Madonna's seniors finished their careers unbeaten in the city championship clash with Weir thanks to a 67-51 victory against the rival Red Riders on Monday night in the Bill Barrett Gymnasium.
"It's great for these seniors to have never lost the city championship," Madonna fourth-year coach Don Ogden said.
Before the game, Madonna senior Isabella Anile was honored for scoring her 1,000th point during Saturday's game with Morgantown Trinity. And, when the game started, Blue Dons senior Stephanie Magnone was on the floor, despite hardly being able to move because of recent knee surgery.
Madonna senior Sara Lyons tipped the ball to Magnone to begin the game and she rolled it out of bounds to stop the clock.
"First and foremost, I want to thank Coach Smith (Weir head coach Bill Smith) for the class act that he, his staff and his players did in allowing us to do the things we did for Stephanie and allowing her to get on the court," Ogden said. "We really appreciate that."
The Dons, who will be without the services of senior Melanie Mazur later this week as she has knee surgery, also lost senior Kaitlyn Conner with an ankle injury in the first half.
So, it was a pair of juniors who stepped up their game Monday.
Thanks to some sweet dishes from senior point guard Anile, who finished with nine assists, Nicolette Sellitti and Amy Davis combined for 33 points on 12 of 23 shooting.
"Those two stepped up and played well," Ogden said. "But, we've had girls step up all year."
Another one to rise to the occasion was senior Lisa Parkins.
She buried a trio of timely treys in the third quarter, the final one for a 46-32 cushion. Parkins finished with 11 points.
Weir's Alyssa Shingle canned half of her four threes in the third quarter. She finished with 15 points to lead the Red Riders. Raegan Stead had 13 points and Shelva Burns 12.
"We were down five at half and were in pretty good shape," Smith said. "We just needed to keep it close and see if we could steal one there at the end. But, we started doing things that we didn't do in the first half. We lost our intensity and concentration. We were playing the same defense.
"I saw something about the New York Giants and the poker chips and how they were all in. That's where we have to get. Everybody has to come all in all the time. We're not there yet.
"Madonna is not where they are because of rumors. They have a nice ballclub."