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Bruins Sweep Monarchs in Girls Basketball

Brooke rallies for a 67-63 repeat victory

Photo by Kyle Lutz John Marshall’s Kaitlyn Groves (12) looks to score in the post on Brooke defender Hope Bowman during their game Thursday night in Wellsburg.

WELLSBURG — Brooke coach Ryan Scherich didn’t sweat too much going into the fourth quarter with his team down by eight to John Marshall. In fact, he had faith in a simple math solution for his team: a point a minute.

It was all the motivation the Bruins needed as they scored 10 of the first 12 points of the final frame en route to a 67-63 victory over the Monarchs to complete a season sweep Thursday night at Brooke High School.

The Bruins only led once before the fourth quarter and took the lead with 1:59 to go in the game on a Hope Bowman bucket. Bowman was also a key factor in the second half as she tallied 21 of her game-high 31 points.

“Just getting Hope touches,” Scherich said about the difference in the fourth quarter. “Driving to the lane and looking for her and giving her touches.

”She started finishing in the second half. In the first half, I don’t know how many layups we missed. It changes the game, and we started making our layups in the second half.”

The Monarchs had a pair of scorers as well in Shay Straughn and Avery Derrow. Straughn led the way for John Marshall with 29 points while Derrow netted 27 inlcuding hitting four shots from behind the arc.

“Outstanding and unselfish,” John Marshall coach Brock Melko said about his duo. “Too unselfish at times. There was a play in the second half where Avery had a wide-open layup where she passed it up to get another player involved.

”I told her at the at time, ‘I love your unselfishness, but you’re under the basket.’ They both obviously played really well for us offensively.

”We have third and fourth scoring options. They can and will step up … the other girls need to know that Shay and Avery aren’t the only ones that can score. When you’re open, step up and shoot your shot.”

John Marshall took a 10-point lead after a pair of Derrow free throws with 39 seconds left in the third. However, Chloe Fox hit two shots from the line with five seconds remaining that started an 8-0 run for the Bruins that went into the fourth.

Chrissy Byers started the final quarter with a bucket followed by a basket from Bowman. Bowman then hit a pair of free throws as the score read 51-49 in favor of Monarchs with 4:45 to go.

The Bruins tied the game as Aleigha Edgar went to the line and tallied two clutch free throws with 2:46 left.

The teams went back and fourth as the game saw two more ties in the final minute. After a Monarchs steal, Abby Blake made it 59-59 with 1:02 left, but the Monarchs couldn’t get over the hump.

After an Edgar basket, the Bruins were able to hit some free throws to go up by five, 65-60 with 13 seconds left.

“The girls are starting get that wininng bug,” Schrich said. “They’re a little upset that we lost a game Monday night. It’s been a first time in a long time that the kids got upset about losing a basktball game.

”I think that fed into (Wednesday).”

The Monarchs gave one last attempt as Straughn converted on a conventional three-point play to get them within two with seven seconds remaining.

“Fourteen games in now we’ve only had one or two games where our effort hasn’t been there,” Melko said. “I got a group I can count on to go play hard. It’s just the little things that young kids need to learn, the fine details, learn how to win. That’s what we’re trying to do right now.”

Wheeling Central 62, Trinity 44

MORGANTOWN — Hannah White continued her torrid pace by scoring a game-high 22 points to help Wheeling Central to a victory against Trinity (8-7).

Taylor Duplaga tossed in 19 points for the Maroon Knights (15-2) while Kaylee Reinbeau netted 16.

Shadyside 58, Bridgeport 44

BROOKSIDE — Jaycee Mayeres netted four 3-pointers on her way to 14 points as Shadyside took control in the first quarter and downed Bridgeport.

Tori Hendershot scored 12 for the Tigers and Baylee Wach had 11.

Marissa Beal paced the Bulldogs with a game-high 20 points. Kamden Dulesky added 14 points.

Bellaire 69, St. Clairsville 49

BELLAIRE — Maci Crozier and Natalie Stoner scored 16 points apiece to lead Bellaire to victory against St. Clairsville.

Cierra Davis netted 10 points for the Big Reds, who gained a 33-21 halftime advantage.

Leading the way for the Red Devils were Ari Reager and Katie Bradshaw with 16 points each.

Madonna 50, Weir 36

WEIRTON — Andrea Alimario netted a game-high 20 points while Kasey Canei secured 18 as Madonna defeated Weir.

For the Red Riders, Bailey Stead had a team-high 11 points.

Steubenville 55, Oak Glen 29

STEUBENVILLE — Makayla Abram tallied 24 points while Madison Fields had 18 as Steubenville beat Oak Glen.

For the Golden Bears, Maggie Kovalcik led the way with eight points.

East Richland 53, Hundred 41

HUNDRED — Ally Stewart had game-high totals of 29 points and 18 rebounds as East Richland Christian outscored Hundred 31-11 in the second half.

Kari Ratliff added 16 points for East Richland (5-9).

Emily Metz — four 3-pointers — paced the Hornets with 13 points. Freshman Malah Britton added 10.

Indian Creek 48

Steubenville Central 45

STEUBENVILLE — Ashley Yaich had 14 points as Indian Creek defeated Steubenville Central. Kylie Kiger was also solid for the Redskins with 10 points.

For the Crusaders, Isabella Oliver secured 14 points while Grace Godich had 11.

BOYS

Tyler Consolidated 83, Wirt Co. 57

MIDDLEBOURNE — Griffin Phillips poured in a game-high 31 points to go along with four of his team’s 16 steals as Tyler Consolidated shot 38 of 63 (60.3 percent) in a rout of Wirt County.

Mark Rucker added 10 points and five rebounds for the Silver Knights (10-5).

Hunter Hickman paced Wirt with 13 points.

Magnolia 65, Valley 48

PINE GROVE — Jake Gamble notched a game-high 22 points as Magnolia used a 29-5 third-quarter advantage to take down Valley.

Leo Herrick netted 17 points for the Blue Eagles (4-7) while Garrett Babe scored 14.

Levi Streets had 15 points to lead the Lumberjacks (6-6). Peyton Bassett scored 10.

Hundred 60, East Richland 35

HUNDRED — Cody Soles scored 18 points while adding 11 rebounds, six steals and five assists to help Hundred roll past East Richland.

Skyler Goff scored 13 points and added 10 rebounds for the Hornets (2-9). Travis McCoy had nine points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

Duncan Pagano had 17 points to lead all East Richland scorers.

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