Park Defense Suffocates Buccaneers

Photo by Kyle Lutz Wheeling Park’s Emily Pavlic brings the ball down court during Monday’s game against Buckhannon-Upshur. Pavlic was one of four seniors recognized on Senior Night.

WHEELING — In recent memory, the Wheeling Park girls basketball team’s defense has been a headache for opponents. Buckhannon-Upshur was no exception and it was another team added to the list Monday night.

The Patriots held the Buccaneers to two points in the third quarter and eight total field goals in a 47-23 victory on Senior Night at The Palace on the Hill.

“I thought our defense was pretty good. I thought that kind of set the tone for the game,”î Wheeling Park coach Ryan Young said. “In the third quarter, we only gave up a bucket, so I was happy with the defensive effort. We still have to clean up with the turnovers, but I thought for the most part, the kids played hard. I’m happy with the win.î”

The Patriots’ offense took a little bit to get in sync. Down 4-0, Niya Cook and Shanley Woods hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Patriots a lead with 3:35 left in the opening quarter.

Wheeling Park put together a small spurt near the end of the second quarter as it scored seven straight points that was capped by another Woods 3-pointer to make it 24-14 with 35 seconds left in the first half.

“Once we started driving the ball and using the high post for kicks, Shanley shot very efficiently,”î Young said.

“We were a little out of sync because we started the game a little differently because of Senior Night. I thought Niya Cook hit a big 3 to start us off with the scoring and once we got Shanley in there, she was able to knock some down for us, so that helped.î”

Woods finished with a game-high 17 points including five shots from behind the arc. Bella Abernathy was the other Patriot in double figures as she compiled a solid 10 points.

For Buckhannon-Upshur, Audrey Gaudet led the way with eight points while Brooklyn Maxwell netted six.

“We never got in our sets the way we needed to,”î Buckhannon-Upshur coach Rob Kittle said. “We let them dictate too much with what we were doing instead of the other way around. When we did get looks, we couldn’t knock them down, so it all went hand-in-hand.”î

Wheeling Park scored the first eight points of the third quarter and the defense suffocated the Buccaneers, holding them to a lone field goal.

With Gaudet scoring the only basket of the third for Buckhannon-Upshur, Wheeling Park answered with the final five points of the quarter. A Woods bucket with 1:54 to go in the third capped the spurt as the score read 38-17 in favor of the Patriots.

It was also a night of celebration for Wheeling Park as it recognized its four seniors in Emily Pavlic, Abby Jones, Kelsey Chacalos and Cook. Young said those four seniors certainly have had a successful run with the program.

“They’ve definitely been four rock-solid kids in our program for four years,”î Young said. “They’re hard workers, great kids and more importantly, they’re great students. We’re going to miss them, obviously and they have all been big contributors these past four years for our program.î”

St. Clairsville 40

Indian Creek 33

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — St. Clairsville held Indian Creek to nine points in the first half as it came away with a victory on Senior Night.

Maria Vincenzo paced the Red Devils (14-7) with a game-high 15 points while Macy Malin posted a solid 14.

The Redskins (15-5), which lost their fifth straight, was led by Taylor Jones with 10 points.

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