Hilltoppers Fall to Pioneers

Photo Provided by WLU Athletics West Liberty’s Marissa Browns puts in a layup during Saturday’s game against Glenville State. Brown had another monster game with 34 points.

WEST LIBERTY — The West Liberty women’s basketball team was firing on all cylinders and led powerful Glenville State by 11 late in the first half. But led by 11 from Emily Stoller, the Pioneers finished the half on a 14-2 run to go up one and pulled away for a 122-105 victory on Saturday at the ASRC.

Stoller finished with a career-high 44, which along with the 122 her team scored, set arena records for opponents.

“Another war with them like it’s going to be,” WLU (2-2 overall, 0-1 Mountain East Conference) coach Kyle Cooper said. “Hats off to them and (Coach) Kim (Stephens) and her staff after they were forced to reload after graduating I think eight of their top 10 minutes-wise and scoring-wise.

“As far as we go, I thought we did a good job of playing extremely hard the entire time.

Where the issue hit for us was, the two little lulls — the one in the second quarter to end and the one early in the third, those are just daggers when you go against a team like that.

“They can make a 10-4 run or an 8-2 run, but they cannot make an 18-2 run or a 24-6 or whatever those were.”

Leading 70-65 after WLU Marissa Brown completed a three-point play, Glenville (4-0, 1-0) proceeded to score the game’s next 14 points to put the Hilltoppers at more than an arm’s length. By the end of the third quarter it was 93-78 in favor of the Pioneers.

“It puts you in such a whole in a game that’s going to be up-and-down and then you’ve got to be darn-near perfect to get back in it,” Cooper said.

“But I thought we fought hard to the end and this team continues to play hard for each other and for the coaching staff, so my hat is off for hat.

“We’ve just got to be more dialed in defensively to what we want to be doing out there.”

West Liberty cut it back to 10 at 96-86 on a bucket from Audrey Tingle (five points, eight assists) but a lightning-quick 6-0 burst allowed Glenville to get comfortable again.

Re’Shawna Stone added 25 for Glenville while Courtney Davis scored 12 and pulled down 15 of her team’s 49 rebounds. Donasja Scott contributed 10.

Brown had another monster effort for the Hilltoppers, pouring in 34 points to go along with 14 rebounds and four blocked shots. Morgan Brunner netted 20 and Brandi Beader connected on 5 of 9 attempts from 3 to finish with 17. Taylor Johnson and Grace Fodor scored 13 and 11, respectively, to round out five Hilltoppers in double figures.

Wheeling Jesuit 60

West Virginia Wesleyan 52

WHEELING — Three players scored in double-figures to help the Wheeling Jesuit University women’s basketball team pull out a 60-52 win over West Virginia Wesleyan Saturday afternoon in both team’s Mountain East Conference openers.

The Cardinals improve to 2-2 overall, 1-0 in the MEC, while the Bobcats drop to 0-1 in league play, 0-2 overall this season.

Senior Chenelle Moore posted her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Junior guard Khira Burton finished with team-highs of 15 points and four assists while classmate Lauren Lipscomb added 11 points and six rebounds.

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