LOCAL COLLEGES: No. 3 Toppers Roll A-B
PHILIPPI – Cedric Harris pumped in a game-high 30 points and a hot-shooting West Liberty team drained 13-of-27 3-pointers Saturday night as the No. 3 Hilltoppers shot down Alderson-Broaddus, 92-79, in a key West Virginia Conference men’s basketball test at Rex Pyles Arena.
It was the eighth straight victory for West Liberty (22-1, 16-1), which moved one step closer to becoming the first team to win four consecutive WVIAC titles in nearly four decades.
Coach Jim Crutchfield’s visitors closed out the first half on a 12-0 run to take a 43-35 lead into the locker room and Chris Morrow gave the Black and Gold their first double-digit lead, 46-35, when he opened the second half with a 3-point stroke.
The Battlers, who had risen to third place in the WVIAC standings, rode the emotions of a sellout crowd to put together an answering run. Roy Brown capped a 19-6 surge with a strong move to the hoop at the 13:36 mark, giving Alderson-Broaddus a 54-52 lead.
Harris knotted the score at 54-54 with a 17-foot jumper and, following an Adam Kline free throw, Falk put the Hilltoppers ahead to stay, 56-55, with a curl cut to the hoop as the clock ticked past 12 minutes.
Harris then wrapped a pair of mid-range jumpers around a deep 3-pointer to finish off an 11-1 spurt and open up a 63-55 West Liberty lead with just under 10 minutes to go.
Alderson-Broaddus never seriously threatened again and the Hilltoppers stretched the margin as high as 18 points, 88-70, in the waning minutes before coasting into the winner’s circle.
Falk, who sat out a lengthy stretch of the second half with foul trouble, still put 19 points on the board to back Harris’s strong outing. Shawn Dyer had an outstanding game off the bench, rounding out the double-figure scorers with 17 points including a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the second half.
Kurklin Bohanon paced A-B with 29 points while Adam Kline and Brown added 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Wheeling Jesuit 80, Davis & Elkins 47
WHEELING – Recardo Gaddy recorded 32 points as Wheeling Jesuit cruised to over Davis & Elkins.
WJU improved to 13-8 overall and 10-7 in WVIAC play while the Senators fell to 7-15 overall and 6-12 in the league.
Recardo Gaddy was on fire, shooting at a 61-percent clip, connecting on 11-of-18 shots from the floor which included a 54-percent and 7 for 13 showing from beyond the 3-point arc. He added a perfect 3-for-3 effort from the free throw line, five rebounds and three assists.
Ben Siefert followed with 12 points and six assists while Andre Harris collected eight points. Darin Harris added eight points while Joe Prati and Eric Siefert each had five.
Josh Wamsley led the Senators with 11 points while Devin Miller and Igor Premasunac followed with eight points apiece.
Saint Vincent 69, Bethany 66
BETHANY – The Bethany College men’s basketball team erased a seven-point deficit with two minutes left to force overtime, but PAC co-leader Saint Vincent scored 12 of its 14 points in the extra period at the foul line and held on.
Playing in their final regular season home game, all four Bison seniors had solid games. Reece Mabery scored a game-high 18 points, while Brady Pacific notched 15 and James Barton had 10. With his seven points, Wilcox moved into sixth place on Bethany’s all-time scoring list (1,411) and he also totaled eight rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Saint Vincent’s win was keyed by 15 points from Isaac Turner, 13 points and 10 rebounds by Dillon Stith and 11 markers from Edmond Wright.
Wheeling Jesuit 54, Davis & Elkins 47
WHEELING – Wheeling Jesuit led from the opening tip as the Cardinals defeated Davis & Elkins.
Jesuit used a stellar first half defensive performance to build an eight point halftime lead and never looked back.
Emily Robinson, Breanna Butler and Kelsey Pacholke led the Cardinal offense with 10 points apiece. Robinson added four rebounds, three assists and a steal, and Butler chipped in four assists, two steals and one rebound while Pacholke pulled down five rebounds and had three steals. Jamie Sobczak followed with eight points, and Taylor Lubinsky scored six points. Lubinsky grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, and Alex Anderson secured five boards.
The Cardinals (7-14, 4-13 WVIAC) opened the game with a 7-0 run and held an advantage the entire half. Lubinsky started the scoring at the 18:17 mark with a strong post move, and after a Senator turnover, Robinson followed with a 3-pointer. Robinson secured a defensive rebound, and Pacholke kept the initial run intact with an offensive rebound and put-back to give WJU a 7-0 advantage.
The Senators (11-11, 10-8 WVIAC) retaliated with a 7-1 outburst, however, Lubinsky drained a pair of free throws for a 9-7 Jesuit lead. The two teams traded buckets for three minutes when back-to-back strikes from WJU gave the Cardinals a 19-13 advantage. At 8:49, Butler found the bottom of the net, and Jaila Bryant stripped the ball away from the Senator and continued to the opposite side of the floor with a lay-in. Jesuit extended the lead to eight points when Taneka Lewis connected with a break-a-way layup after an Anderson steal. The Cardinals and the Senators played the rest of the half even as WJU held a 30-22 halftime advantage. In the first half, the Cardinals forced 13 turnovers and recorded 10 steals.
After the break, Wheeling Jesuit immediately pushed the lead to 12 points with consecutive scores by Sobczak and Lubinsky. D&E battled back with three field goals before WJU’s Robinson stopped the run with a long distance 3-pointer, 43-34. The Cardinals continued to capitalize on turnovers and miscues by the Senators, maintaining a 5-7 point advantage. At 5:38, D&E used back-to-back possessions to cut the Cardinal lead to three points, 47-44.
The next trip down the floor, Robinson connected from deep and followed with a steal and lay-in for an 8-point Cardinal advantage, 52-44, with 3:43 left to play. Robinson added a pair of free throws.
West Liberty 83, Alderson-Broaddus 79
PHILIPPI – West Liberty shot nearly 60 percent from the floor and held off a late Alderson-Broaddus surge to beat the Battlers in West Virginia Conference women’s basketball action at Rex Pyles Arena.
It was the sixth victory in the last seven outings for Coach Lynn Ullom’s Hilltoppers (15-6, 13-4) who maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second half before A-B (6-15, 5-12) made things interesting down the stretch.
West Liberty, which had opened up a 45-34 halftime lead on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Hillary Southworth, seemed in complete command when Southworth cashed in a pretty feed from Liz Flowers for a 79-62 lead with just 3:53 remaining.
Southworth led all scorers with 28 points for the Hilltoppers while Meghan Wiseman added 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Jenn Mohney came off the bench with a dozen points on four 3-point bombs. Flowers finished with 6 points and 10 assists.
Cayla Rhodes topped Alderson-Broaddus with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Dowdy and Leah Hurst finished with 17 and 14 points, respectively.
Saint Vincent 77, Bethany 64
BETHANY – Playing in their final home games, seniors Carly Garneau and Kayla Taormina scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough to keep Bethany from dropping a decision to Saint Vincent.
Three Bison completed the game with double figure points, led by Garneau, who totaled 16 markers and she also made three steals. Taormina turned in 15 points, a team-leading nine boards and two blocks and Verrico fired in a dozen in the loss. In addition to Garneau and Taormina, senior Rebecca Braithwaite was honored prior to the game and her numbers included three points, three rebounds and four assists.
Saint Vincent’s top performance came from Devin McGrath, who compiled 26 points and 11 boards for her PAC-leading 13th double-double of the season. Also chipping in 15 points was Jordan Clinton.