WHEELING - After Wheeling Park's game against Morgantown on Thursday night, one coach was talking as if she was pleased with her team's effort; the other saying his girls didn't play well at all.
The result didn't match the attitudes.
Though the Patriots did come back and tie it at a couple of points - the last at 43-43 before the Mohigans went on a 10-0 run, Morgantown trailed only once for the length of time it took to get down in the court in what proved to be a 61-53 victory against Wheeling Park.
Morgantown’s Leah Taylor (12) dribbles past the guard of Wheeling Park’s Haley Robb (10) on Thursday night.
''I thought we played a very ugly game, but I was very happy with the win,'' Mohigans coach Adam Henkins said. ''Any time you can come up here and (beat) a good quality team like Wheeling Park, you're very excited. I'll take that.''
The road-weary Mohigans (9-3), who were on the sixth leg of a seven-game road trip that started in Pittsburgh, made its way through Charleston, Parkersburg, Wheeling, and will end in Martinsburg on Saturday, didn't do anything particularly well, according to their coach.
''We turned the ball over too many times,'' he said. ''We didn't rebound the ball very well. We made some bad decisions on the offensive end. But we got a win. You're never upset about a win, especially on the road.''
It was a different tune for Wheeling Park coach Dee Davis, whose team is still playing without injured point guard Marissa Tucker.
''That's a big improvement,'' she said. ''I thought they played really well. There were some missed opportunities with some buckets we missed and they went down and scored on them. Some 3-point shots, deep rebounds, we didn't get back, let them score. There were like three or four little plays that hurt us.''
Each team scored scored 30 points in the paint and struggled mightily outside of it, with Park making only four shots beyond five feet and Morgantown hitting nine.
The Patriots were 2 of 17 from beyond the 3-point arc, with Haley Robb making both of those, and Morgantown was 4 of 15. Caroline Columbo hit a trio of 3-pointers for Morgantown. She was the game's high scorer with 17 points.
Despite his team leading much of the way, Henkins said he never felt good about it, simply because Park's Robb and Emily Puskarich ''can light it up at any time.''
They both struggled to find their touch Thursday with Robb going 3 of 12 from the field for 16 points (she was 8 of 10 from the free-throw line) and Puskarich hitting 5 of 11 on her way to 11 points.
Joining them in double figures was Kendra Johnson, who scored 10 points on 4 of 6 shooting.
''I think both Johnsons, especially Kendra, stepped up,'' Davis said. ''Now she's learning the game. She's only a sophomore, didn't get any playing time last year. Now she's starting and I really like her game.''
Leah Taylor added 13 points and Allison Thompson totaled 11 for the Mohigans.