Wheeling Central Girls Hammer Madonna
WHEELING — Eleven players scored points for Wheeling Central in a rout of Madonna on Tuesday in the opening round of the Undos Main Street Bank Holiday Tournament at Wheeling Jesuit.
The Maroon Knights only surrendered two points in the first quarter and led 37-8 at halftime on their way to a 62-16 demolition of the Blue Dons.
At times it seemed like the Knights were just sitting back and waiting to intercept a Dons pass and take it to the hoop for an easy bucket.
“We thought we could get in the passing lanes and get some easy steals,” Central coach Penn Kurtz said. “Not just against them but against anyone we play so I was happy to get that activity going.
“What I really liked (Tuesday) is that we got a lot of play from a lot of people.”
With a win, Wheeling Central (6-1) advanced to the tournament championship at 7 p.m. tonight, where it will face Bishop Rosecrans, who also blew through the first round with a 74-31 win over Bishop Donahue.
“It should be a great matchup,” Kurtz said. “They were very impressive in their opening win against Bishop Donahue. They shut them out in the first quarter and they are an excellent team.”
Madonna (2-4) has a 4 p.m. matchup with Bishop Donahue, where both teams will be looking to redeem themselves from Tuesday’s tough losses.
“I thought we played hard,” Blue Dons coach Don Ogdon said. “We hustled so I give the girls credit. All you can do is ask for your girls to play hard and they did.”
Wheeling Central held a 5-2 edge early in the game and did not allow another bucket in the quarter, taking a commanding 18-2 advantage into the second quarter.
Eden Gainer paced all scorers in the stanza with seven points, while Taylor Duplaga offered six points in the first.
Gia Riccadonna drained a three for Madonna to start the second but then Central reeled off 16 consecutive points and kept the Dons without another point until there was just :09 left in the half, when Riccadonna bucketed another trey off the glass.
The Knights quickly responded as Hannah White put up a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded, which banked off the glass and in to give crowd a thrill and the Knights a 29-point halftime advantage.
From midway through the third quarter until just 2:52 remained in the game, Wheeling Central held Madonna scoreless as the Knights tallied 19 straight points during that span.
“They are a young team,” Kurtz said of Madonna. “They beat us last year and knocked us out of the tournament and I think they will get better as the year goes on.”
Gainer paced Wheeling Central with nine points, while Blaha and Cameron McCabe added eight.
Riccadonna led Madonna with nine points on three 3-pointers.
Wheeling Park 66
Cabell Midland 46
RIPLEY — Josie Daugherty drained five 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 23 points to lead Wheeling Park past Cabell Midland.
Emily Pavlic added 16 for the Patriots.
John Marshall 58 Steubenville 48
STEUBENVILLE — Grace Frohnapfel dropped in 24 points as John Marshall went on the road and downed Steubenville.
Shay Straughn chipped in with 11 points.
Rhiannon Petrisko led all scorers with 25 points for Big Red, while Seana Ragusa added 10.
Tyler Consolidated 39
PINE GROVE — Sophie Palmer scored 17 points as Valley improved to 5-1 with a victory against Tyler Consolidated.
Rachel Baker chipped in with 10 points for the Lumberjills.
Josie Jones paced the Silver Knights with 16 points.
Buckeye Local 61
BELLAIRE — Five players — led by sophomore Maci Crozier’s 16 — reached double digits as Bellaire bested Buckeye Local.
Cierra Davis and Michaela Flaherty evenly dividing 30. Katrina Davis and Natalie Stoner added 11 each for the Big Reds (10-1).
Maddie Gill had a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Panthers (6-3). Angelina Piergalliini added 11 rebounds.
St. Clairsville 41
Indian Creek 19
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — St. Clairsville (2-7) received 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks from Katie Bradshaw in rolling past the visiting Redskins on John Jenkins Court.
Herbert Hoover 55
St. John 33
PARKERSBURG — Bellaire St. John dropped to 1-8 after falling to Herbert Hoover as part of the Parkersburg Catholic Holiday Tournament.
Madison DeLuca paced the Irish with 16 points.