Stars Shining At Girls’ Tourney
CHARLESTON – Tournament time is when stars are supposed to shine their brightest.
That notion has held true through the first two days of the 37th annual West Virginia High School Girls’ Basketball Championships.
Thursday, Bridgeport’s Miki Glenn, a top candidate for West Virginia Player of the Year honors, exploded for 33 points in the Indians’ 54-34 victory against rival Lincoln inside the Civic Center Coliseum. Twenty of those came in the first half.
Glenn hasn’t made her college choice, but numerous schools, including some mid-major NCAA Division I schools, are interested.
All Class AA quarterfinals took place Thursday, including Nicholas County’s 47-42 triumph against North Marion. Shealyn Shafer paced the Grizzlies with 16 points, while Megan Haller had 17 for the Huskies.
Logan’s Shayna Gore fired in 36 points in the Wildcats’ 77-66 triumph against Princeton. It was the first time during the tournament a lower-seeded team won.
The final AAA game of the day featured a solid all-around performance by Parkersburg South’s Taryn McCutcheon. The Patriots freshman had 13 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 29 minutes.
Westside, AA’s top seed, got a game-high 26 points from Hope Lester in topping Westside, 68-41.
Not to go unnoticed, Hannah Preservati and McKenzie Akers scored 17 apiece for the Tigers.
Wednesday, Wheeling Central’s dynamic duo of seniors Colleen McCormick and Emily Bucon evenly split 28 points in a victory against Valley-Fayette. The Greyhounds’ Alexis Payne impressed with 14 points, 12 boards and five blocks.
Then there was Huntington St. Joe’s Mychal Johnson. Johnson, a Notre Dame University signee, led the Irish’s 89-29 victory against Man with a triple-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists.
Standing the Test of Time
Records are made to be broken. But some former Ohio Valley standouts’ marks remain legend.
In Class AAA, Wheeling Park’s Dee Davis has a few marks that have stood the test of time. The Patriots head coach still holds the mark for points in a game (43), against Greenbrier East in 1978, along with most field goals made and attempted (37 of 82) during the 1980 event.
Park’s Lesa Roseberry holds the mark for field goals made and attempted (16 of 35) in a game against Independence in 1976.
As a team, Park remains the best at points in a game (101 vs. Fairmont Senior, 1998). The Patriots had a tournament-best 75 rebounds, also against Independence in ’76. The 101 points for Park helped add up to 238 in ’98, the most ever.
Thirty-two is the record for field goals in a game by a team. Coach Stan Blankenship’s 1985 John Marshall squad shares the mark with three other teams.
Oak Glen’s pair of Eckleberry’s – Jade and Jenna – have a pair of marks, both from the Golden Bears’ game against Wyoming East in 2002. Jenna’s is for assists (15) and Jade’s is for 3-pointers made (six).
Magnolia has the mark for blocked shots, swatting away 12 vs. Wyoming East in 2005. Eleven of those were made by Allison Rothlisberger, also a record.
Former Wheeling Central standout Kayleen Fitzsimmons holds two Class A marks. The ex-Cornell University standout attempted 23 3-pointers during the 2005 tournament. She made 11 of those, tying her for the mark with Mercer Christian’s Sharon Wilkerson (1994).
When No. 2 seed Bridgeport faced No. 7 seed Lincoln Thursday it marked the fourth time the two Harrison County schools met this season.
The result was the same, though as the Indians came out on top. The squads played twice during the regular season, with Bridgeport winning 54-39 and 49-32. Later, they faced each other in the sectional with the Indians winning again, 44-29.
All told, there were four rematches in the quarterfinals – Westside vs. PikeView in Class AA and Spring Valley vs. Capital and Morgantown vs. Martinsburg in Class AAA were the others.
Native Blows the Whistle
Chris Ferro was one of the three officials for Thursday’s Westside-PikeView Class AA quarterfinal.
Ferro, a 1998 John Marshall graduate and former soccer standout, was visited at the arena by his dad, Mike. The elder Ferro (D-Marshall) was taking a break from his work as a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, where he is Assistant Majority Whip.
Chris Ferro, Chief of Staff with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, is a member of the Kanawha Southern Board of Approved Basketball Officials. He’s been an official for 13 years.
He also worked Wednesday’s Martinsburg-Morgantown tilt and he’ll work a to-be-determined game today. Then, Friday night, he’ll learn if he has a championship game assignment Saturday.
Local Talent on Display
Students from Wheeling Park and Magnolia high schools will be on hand today to help honor America.
Sarah Goddard, Glenna Brown, Kevin Shaffer and Mac Roberts, all from Magnolia, are scheduled to sing the National Anthem prior to Wheeling Central’s quarterfinal contest against St. Marys. Classmates Brittany Buchanan and Renee Smith will sign the anthem for the hearing impaired.
Wheeling Park’s Stephanie Lemasters will sing the anthem prior to the evening session’s three games.
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