Brooke Girls Get Victory Over Weir, 59-35 in Basketball
WEIRTON — The Weir girls’ basketball team had difficulty handling Brooke’s press, which resulted in the Bruins getting plenty of easy baskets en route to a 59-35 victory over the rival Red Riders Thursday night on Ron “Fritz” Williams Court inside of the Carl Hamill Fieldhouse to sweep the season series.
“We run 11 girls into the game,” Brooke (10-12) coach Ryan Scherich said. “We only had 10 (Thursday) because one of our girls got hurt in the JV game. We have been doing it the last couple of games. With the people we can run in the game, it wears teams down. It has helped us.”
The Bruins were able to get a lot of their points in transition as a result of getting steals on either side of the half-court line.
“We have had trouble with the press off and on throughout the course of the season,” Weir (2-19) coach Rick Stead said. “We tend to get excited. We tend to shoot ourselves in the foot. The best we have played all year has been when we slowed down and saw there was nothing in transition and we pulled the ball out and we rotated the ball. I know it if difficult when they are playing man. You have to cut to the basket. We force passes. We commit turnovers.”
Eight players scored in the game for Brooke and were once again led by the inside-outside combination of Hope Bowman and Ashley Arca. Bowman netted a game-high 20 points to lead the way, while Arca added 13.
“They did what we expected,” Coach Stead said. “They want to get the ball up and down the court. They want to get the ball into the post. We had some success guarding the post.
“I called a couple of timeouts because we are only five or six deep. The girls get winded, and I have to make substitutions. That is when things go array for us.”
Seven players scored in the game for Weir, two of which reached double digits. Individually, Bailey Stead tallied a team-high 12 points, while Taylor Webster recorded 10.
“I told the girls to make her (Stead) put the ball on the floor,” Scherich said. “We did a good job of that. We did not want her to get any good looks. She got one good look, and she buried it. Every girl who guarded her made her put the ball on the floor. We did not want her to get going from 3. The other night I think she made 7 3s.”
Brooke scored in double digits in all four quarters, and the girls in green also outscored the girls in white in all four quarters.
The visitors led 11-4 at the end of the first quarter, and the victors increased their advantage to 24-13 at halftime.
Brooke extended its advantage to 39-21 at the end of the third quarter, and the Bruins led by as many as 27 points (56-29) in the fourth quarter.
“They are a better team than when we played them the first time,” Scherich said. “It was 24-13 at halftime. The last game we were up 19-4 at the end of the first quarter. They have improved throughout the season. He’s got a young team. He’s got something going.”
The Bruins won the first meeting of the season between the two teams, 65-46, back on Dec. 5 inside the Brooke Wellness Center.
Thursday’s game was the final regular season game for both teams.
Magnolia 46, Cameron 45
CAMERON — Kendra Pilant grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on the putback to put Magnolia up by one with 12 seconds to go to give her team the win. Kelsi Chapman led the way for the Blue Eagles (15-7) with 14 points while Pilant and Jordan Delaney both had eight.
For the Dragons, Kelsie Meintel led the way with 14 points.
River 55, Shadyside 51
HANNIBAL — Lauren Flannery secured a game-high 22 points as River held off a Shadyside comeback attempt. Alli Long had 11 points for the Pilots while Riley Lollathin netted 10.
For the Tigers, Jonna Eniex had a team-high 13 points while Macy Coffland had 10.
Monroe Central 102, Hundred 16
WOODSFIELD — Five Monroe Central players scored in double figures as it defeated Hundred. Allison Kuhn had a game-high 31 points while Sierra Rainey netted 16. Gracie Gardner was also solid for the Seminoles (10-12) as she compiled 14. Rounding out the double digit scorers are Taryn Burkhart (13) and Marlee Miller (10).
For the Hornets, Madeline Goff had nine points.
Barnesville 57, Bridgeport 27
BARNESVILLE — Sarah Powell netted 18 points as Barnesville defeated Bridgeport. Kallee Dowler secured 17 points for the Shamrocks.
For the Bulldogs, Jaren Tucker led the way with 11 points.
Toronto 57, Conotton Valley 50
BOWERSTOWN — Hollie Robinson tallied 15 points as Toronto defeated Conotton Valley. Gina Fogle was also solid with 12 points.
For the Rockets, Kelci Manbeck had 15 points.
East Fairmont 75, John Marshall 48
MOUNDSVILLE — Michael Gaskill tallied 19 points East Fairmont defeated John Marshall. David McQuain and Andrew Slusser both secured 13 points for the Bees.
For the Monarchs, Gunner Thompson supplied 19 while Devin Norris had 10.
Braxton County 75
Tyler Consolidated 56
MIDDLEBOURNE — Tayton Stout stuffed the stat sheet with 28 points as Braxton County defeated Tyler Consolidated.
For the Silver Knights, Jace Reed led the way with 15 points while Dylan Roberts had 12 and Griffin Phillips netted 10.