Linsly Girls Knock Off St. John

Upton:?Rebounding was a key factor

Linsly's Josie Purpura (15) and St. John’s Alyssa Busack (5) battle for a loose ball Wednesday during their game in Bellaire.

BELLAIRE — Linsly coach Rebecca Upton admits that there have been a few points of emphasis at practices recently, including rebounding, ball control and taking advantage of turnovers.

Wednesday night Upton’s squad showed that practice doesn’t always make perfect, but it sometimes does prove to be a difference maker.

Senior Mary Bedway led a balanced scoring attack with 10 points while pulling down a game-high 15 rebounds, and Linsly grabbed a commanding 46-28 edge off the glass as it defeated St. John, 44-30, on the Fighting Irish Guernsey Street boards.

”Rebounding has been a big point of emphasis at our last few practices,” Upton said. “I believe very strongly in rebounding, both offensive and defensive, and it worked out for us .

”Ball control has been another big one for us. I always tell the girls to make sure that we have our hands on the ball more than they do and capitalize on turnovers. The key is that you don’t have to take the first shot you see, you need to take the best shot you see.”

Both teams had trouble putting the ball in the hoop, each finishing the contest shooting right around 24 percent from the field, which led to plenty of second-chance shots for the Cadets that eventually made a difference in the end.

With Linsly (2-2) leading 9-7 at the 1:21 mark of the first, it scored the final six points and the initial five of the second to cap an 11-0 run and push the score to 20-7. That margin eventually extended to 15 at 30-15 at the break when Lourdes Giovengo drained a 3-pointer just ahead of the horn.

Things didn’t get any better shooting-wise in the second half, with the two teams combining for 29 total points, hitting 11 of 47 shots from the field.

Bedway did have a nice third for the visitors, scoring six points and pulling down seven rebounds, as Linsly led 38-19 after three. Freshman Jayden Lowe scored all eight of her points over the final eight minutes, with St. John (0-3) closing on an 11-4 run down the stretch.

”We have been working on taking good shots, and trying to take advantage of each offensive possessions,” Upton added. “And with rebounding being a big thing in this game, it was nice to get some second-chance points.

”It’s always fun to win, and it’s good to get a win on the road also.”

St. John coach Bubba Kapral knows his team needs to come together after losing eight of 11 players from last year’s squad.

”We are definitely a work in progress,” Kapral said. “And we have five girls that never played before. (Kaylyn) Nixon is back, and she is a nice player, and I really liked how Lowe stepped up.

”Offensive rebounding killed us and it is going to if you don’t box out. I challenged the girls at the half to do a better job at it and on Linsly’s first possession of the third quarter, the same thing happened.

”But again, we are young and still finding things about each other. We also need to do a better job taking care of the basketball.”

Molly Heron added eight points and nine rebounds for the winners while freshman Charlie Allison had eight points and eight boards. Bishop Donahue transfers Josie Purpura and Sarah Heller evenly divided 12.

Nixon scored a game-high 17 points, while completing the double-double with 10 rebounds, for the Fighting Irish while Alyssa Busack scored the hosts only other five points.

Magnolia 59, Paden City 36

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Logan Riggs led four players in double figures with 15 points as debuting Magnolia took down Paden City.

Kyndra Pilant added 14 points for the Blue Eagles (1-0) while Sierra Walker netted 13. Maddy Winters contributed 11.

Leading the way for the Wildcats (1-3) was Hannah Loy with 19 points.


Cambridge 42, Bridgeport 36

St. Clairsville 45, Cambridge 23

St. Clairsville 48, Bridgeport 18

BRIDGEPORT–Koen Kish (120/113), Trey Delguzzo (285), James Dobbs (170), Kaiden Springer (182), Derek Witsberger (195) and Justice McCamick (220) each delivered a pair of wins for St. Clairsville as the Red Devils rolled past Cambridge and host Bridgeport on the mat.



Fairmont State Outlasts WJU

FAIRMONT — A March-level classic played in early December. Two Mountain East Conference heavyweights slugged it out all night until Fairmont State’s Jason Jolly buried back-to-back 3-pointers as it outlasted Wheeling Jesuit, 78-74.

Following a pair of Pat Moseh free throws to make it a five-point WJU (7-1, 4-1 MEC) advantage, 63-58, at 5:26 on the clock. After a home bucket, Jolly knocked down two straight treys and added two free throws in an 10-2 run over 2:43 time frame as Fairmont State (6-2, 4-1 MEC) regained the lead 68-65.

Moseh hit a 6-foot leaner in the lane to cut the WJU deficit to a point, 70-69, at 1:07, but it was unable to regain the lead in the final minute.

Continuing his early season pace, Haywood Highsmith scored 20 of his 23 points and grabbed seven of his 15 rebounds for his NCAA Division II-leading eighth double-double in as many nights. The senior made 10 of 18 from the field with a trio of 3-pointers.

Moseh also had a big second half with 14 of his 18 points in the final 20 minutes. Preston Boswell added 14 points and swiped three balls.

Jeremiah Wilson missed his second double-double by one as he finished with 10 points on 5 of 8 shooting and nine rebounds. Brendan Hoban chipped in seven points, including his final bucket in the final eight seconds to pull his team back to within three points.

Jolly pumped in a game-best 30 points for the home Falcons to lead all scorers.

No. 7 West Liberty Storms Past Shepherd

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Unbeaten and No. 7-ranked West Liberty stormed back from an early deficit to pound Shepherd, 99-80, in a Mountain East Conference tilt at the Butcher Athletic Center.

Coach Ben Howlett’s Hilltoppers (8-0, 5-0) had to overcome a strong early surge by the Rams (3-5, 2-3) in order to notch their 22nd consecutive win against the Eastern Panhandle squad.

Monteroso tossed in 27 points and handed out five assists — both game-highs — to pace the Black and Gold while James Griffin had a big night with 23 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Dalton Bolon weighed in with 19 points and five rebounds before fouling out and Evan French added 11off the bench.

Bethany Prevails

WAYNESBURG, Pa. — The Bethany College men’s basketball team fought off a late rally to claim a 73-58 win at Waynesburg.

The win propels the Bison to the top of the PAC standings at 3-0, 3-5 overall. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets fall to 1-5 overall, 1-2 in conference play.

Senior center Liam Davis led the way with 18 points and five rebounds in the win. Sophomore Chaice Truex registered a double-double with 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while senior Calique Jones added 12 points for the Bison.


Hilltoppers Edged in OT

SHEPHERDSTOWN — West Liberty dropped a 79-72 overtime decision to Shepherd here Wednesday night in Mountain East Conference action at the Butcher Center.

Coach Kyle Cooper’s Hilltoppers (3-6, 2-3) led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter only to see the Rams (5-4, 2-3) come on strong down the stretch to pull out the win.

Morgan Arden poured in 17 of her game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter to fuel a Shepherd rally that put the Rams up, 62-61, with 2:17 remaining in regulation.

Marissa Brown was the leading scorer for the Hilltoppers with 25 points and seven rebounds while McKenna Shives added 18 points, four assists and a pair of steals. Audrey Tingle had five rebounds and three steals to go along with her game- and career-high 10 assists.

Bethany Falls

WAYNESBURG, Pa. — A basket as time expired dealt Bethany a 71-70 loss at Waynesburg .

The loss sends the Bison to 1-2 in league play, 1-6 overall. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets improve to 4-3 overall, 2-1 in the PAC.

Senior forward Kelsea Daugherty dropped 21 points with 11 rebounds (five offensive) for her fourth double-double of the season. Junior guard Sammie Weiss finished with 18 points, while classmate Ashley Duthie added nine.

Jesuit Beaten

FAIRMONT — Wheeling Jesuit led 39:58 of the game but it was not enough. Rachel Laskody hit a layup with two seconds left for Fairmont State’s only lead of the night to overtake Wheeling Jesuit, 55-53.

After a double-figure first-half lead, the Cardinals (2-6,1-4 Mountain East Conference) pushed the margin back to eight points, on a Tori Harrison 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter. WJU pushed the difference back to six points, 53-47, when Lauren Lipscomb laid the ball in at 5:54 left in the contest. The host Falcons (4-4,1-4 MEC) netted the final eight points for the game-deciding run.

Chenelle Moore registered her sixth double-double to lead the Cardinals effort. Moore hit 7 of 12 attempts for 14 points to go with 12 rebounds. She also had four steals and two assists.

Monica Burns added 12 points as the other double-digit point producer. Mariah Callen handed out eight assists, had seven points and three steals.