No. 3 Patriots Keep Rolling
WHEELING — The Wheeling Park girls are up to No. 3 in this week’s West Virginia Associated Press basketball poll and it played like a top three team on Monday night.
The Patriots rolled past Brooke 77-33 inside The Palace on the Hill as freshman Alexis Bordas continued her breakout campaign with a 26-point performance to lead the way.
“I thought we had a good week of practice last week and thought we had good games against John Marshall and Buckhannon-Upshur,” Park coach Ryan Young said. “We’ll find out where we are by the end of the month. We have teams like Union Local, Cabel Midland, Capital, Fairmont and Morgantown in our last five games of January.
“I told the girls to enjoy every win and they should enjoy every win but I think they’ll be ready for the challenge.”
The Patriots also had nice contributions from Natalie Daugherty (18 points), Lala Woods (11 points), Sophie Abraham (nine points) and Jillian Huffman (seven points).
Jillian Huffman, Merritt Delk, Jai’lah Walker and others also provided strong minutes for the Patriots.
“I think we have great kids off the bench,” Young said. “I’ve talked about Naliah (Lekanudos).
“Merritt Delk, you can see her athleticism. Jai’lah Walker is such a good rebounder and such a good teammate. Jillian Huffman, you can see what she can do. She is a very versitile kid.”
Ava Bolen paved the way for the Bruins with 19 points.
“We were down two starters (Monday),” Brooke coach Amy Serevicz said. “Some other girls stepped up though. They are tough to prepare for. Sometimes I think they just see the name Park across the jerseys and that can get in their heads. I told them not to let it get in their heads but it is.”
Park took command early by securing a 33-6 advantage at the end of the first, sparked by Bordas’ 15 first-quarter points. She also drained a trio of treys in the opening frame.
The Patriots took a 53-13 cushion into the half and never looked back.