Hilltoppers Stun First-Place Lions

ATHENS – The West Liberty University women’s basketball team overcame a four-point deficit in the final 11 seconds Saturday to knock Concord out of first place in the West Virginia Conference with an 80-79 upset at the Carter Center.

The Mountain Lions (14-4, 11-3 WVC) seemed to have things well in hand after Jolysa Brown hit 1 of 2 free throws with 17 seconds remaining to put the hosts up by a 79-75 tally.

But the Hilltoppers (11-8, 8-5) quickly found Kayla Ayers for a clutch 3-pointer, cutting the lead to 79-78, and WLU coach Lynn Ullom called timeout with 11 seconds left to set up the West Liberty press.

The visitors forced a turnover on the in-bounds pass and Ullom called another timeout after Concord had knocked the ball out of bounds along the sidelines with just 7 ticks remaining.

Hillary Southworth popped wide open off a pair of staggered screens and laid in a perfectly-thrown in-bounds pass from Erica Hershberger to put the Hilltoppers on top. The Mountain Lions got off a desperation shot as time expired but it failed to draw iron.

The frantic final seconds were a fitting conclusion to a tense struggle that featured five ties and nine lead changes in the final 6 minutes alone.

West Liberty featured a balanced attack with five Hilltoppers hitting double figures. Southworth led the way with 18 points while Ayers added 16 points and six rebounds. Chelsea Bradley came off the bench with 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds and Emily Blevins added 11 points and five assists.

Hershberger turned in an outstanding performance, tossing in 10 of her career-high 13 points in the second half while handing out six assists, grabbing six rebounds and even tossing in a pair of steals.

Glenville St. 99, Wheeling Jesuit 72

GLENVILLE – Cassy Sanderson scored 17 points but it was not enough as Wheeling Jesuit fell to Glenville State. Emily Robinson added 13 points for the Cardinals (4-13, 1-12) while Taneka Lewis and Erica Schultz scored 11 points apiece.

Bethany 77, Chatham 67

BETHANY – Bethany put another in the victory column by beating Chatham. Kayla Taormina led Bethany (12-7, 8-4 PAC) with 19 points in the second half, and finished the game with a team-high 24 to match her career-high. Audra Droginske scored 15, while senior forward Katelynn Hackathorn dominated in the paint with 13 boards.

OSU Newark 90, OUE 88, OT

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio – OUE had the ball and a chance to tie or take the lead in overtime but Ashley Bevard stripped Allie Doan with four seconds remaining and the Titans were able to run out the clock.

Doan led the Panthers with 20 points. Rachel Benda chipped in with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Alex Kuhn finished with 17 points.


No. 2 West Liberty 103, Concord 98

ATHENS – The No. 2-ranked West Liberty University men’s basketball team won its 17th straight game but it didn’t come without a fight.

C.J. Hester followed up his career-high 31-point performance at Bluefield State on Thursday with a game-high 29 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead the Hilltoppers. Shawn Dyer added plenty of support with 23 points.

Alex Falk finished with 18 points while Tim Hausfeld checked in with 13 to round out the double-figure scorers.

Glenville St. 79, Wheeling Jesuit 72

GLENVILLE – Kevin Gray scored a game-high 28 points as Glenville State upset Wheeling Jesuit. Obi Ukwuoma and Marquis Moore lead Wheeling Jesuit (13-6, 9-4) with 15 points apiece while Recardo Gaddy put up 10.

OSU Newark 91, OUE 86

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Jason White scored a game-high 30 points with 16 rebounds, but OUE fell to rival OSU Newark.

Nick Schuetz added 27 points, while Jordan Barbina had 13 points for the Panthers (11-7, 6-7)