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Wheeling Park Girls Rout Parkersburg South

Photo by Kyle Lutz Wheeling Park’s Kieran Johnson goes up for a shot during Saturday’s game against Parkersburg South.

WHEELING — A busy week closed in stellar fashion for Wheeling Park as the Patriots toppled Parkersburg South, 73-54, Saturday afternoon at The Palace on the Hill.

The wire-to-wire win marked the fourth game in six days for Coach Ryan Young’s battle-tested charges. The state’s No. 1-ranked Class AAA team is 13-1.

Parkersburg South fell to 2-10.

Park put 20 points on the first-quarter scoreboard and were never seriously challenged the balance of the contest, getting scoring from seven different players.

“Offensively we were pretty efficient. We drove the ball well at times instead of settling for the 3. We found Bella (Abernathy) inside when we needed to,” Young said.

“They all did what they needed to do on the offensive end. Defensively we are getting better but it needs to get even better if we are going to be as good as we want to be.

“I think in the third quarter we got a little complacent. They outscored us in that quarter. But you take that one out, I was pretty happy overall with Quarters 1, 2 and 4.”

Park did much of its damage from long range. The hosts drained 11 3-pointers, eight coming in the first half.

Senior dynamo Shanley Woods again paced the Park scoring parade with 24 points, including four bonus bombs. The 5-foot-5 guard is closing in on the coveted 1,000-point mark.

Junior Lindsey Garrison was superb scoring support, tossing in 18. She also knocked down four 3-pointers. Junior guard Asia Roby donated 12 points while Abernathy tossed in eight.

Woods and Garrison each netted a pair of 3s to trigger Park’s 20-12 advantage after eight minutes. The hosts stretched their advantage to 41-23 at intermission as Garrison and Woods again enjoyed productive showings with seven and five points, respectively.

South outscored Park, 20-12, in the third quarter to make it a 53-43 issue entering the final period. Senior post Makenna Winans fueled the rally with nine points in the session.

Garrison stemmed the tide by burying a trey to open the fourth for a 13-point Park edge. South was unable to get closer than 10 the remainder of the affair.

Silky smooth senior Erin Williams and sophomore Skylar Bosley each scored 14 points for the Wood Countians. Winans added 12 points before exiting on fouls with 4:05 left in the contest.

“We have actually been playing better but we have struggled all season with making shots. Park plays hard and they made a bunch of 3s,” South coach Rick Dobson said. “This one and the (Parkersburg) Big Red game are the only ones that we were not really in. All the other games have been less than six or seven points.

“This is my first year, and we are trying to get things going in the right direction. Our girls played hard. I cannot fault their effort.”

Park committed 10 turnovers on the day. South, meanwhile, was guilty of 12.

Park played again without the services of senior spark plug Abby Snedeker, sidelined with a wrist injury. Hard-working senior Kieran Johnson pulled down eight rebounds for Park while Abernathy grabbed seven.

“We just had a walk through (Friday). It was basically a day off because we knew our kids were tired. But that schedule will help us later in the season if we are lucky enough to make it to Charleston because you have to be able to play three games in four days,” Young said. “Now we have a couple days to get ready for University on Wednesday. Then we head to Huntington and George Washington Friday and Saturday. They are all top 10 teams. It will be a challenge.”

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