Morgantown girls beat out South, 76-50

PARKERSBURG – Morgantown’s Leah Taylor scored a game-high 21 points and teammate Allison Thompson posted a double-double here Tuesday evening inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center as the Mohigans rolled past host Parkersburg South, 76-50.

In a battle of what was three-loss Class AAA foes, the host Patriots kept things close for the first quarter and a half before turnovers started to plague head coach Scott Stephens’ squad. Despite turning the ball over nine times in the opening eight minutes, the No. 10 Patriots (5-4) only trailed 18-15 after one.

An Ashley Holloway deuce via an Olivia Seggie assist gave No. 3 MHS, which improved to 8-3 with a road game set for Thursday at Wheeling Park, a 26-19 cushion with 5:31 left before halftime.

Patriot Keya Bartlett, who scored all 13 of her points in the first half with 10 coming in the initial stanza, converted a three-point play 10 seconds after Holloway’s basket. Anna Hayton later followed with an inside hoop and the Patriots, who play Thursday at University, only trailed 26-24.

However, the Mohigans then went on a 14-1 run to take control of the contest. Taylor got it started by scoring seven straight and Morgantown led 35-25 following Parkersburg South’s 14th turnover when Maria Williams scored on a putback. Thompson, who had 10 points and a game-high 10 boards, later canned two foul shots and it was 40-25 Mohigans after Emily Sabatino tallied three of her 11 markers on a step-back triple.

Miranda Workman, who had six points and a team-high nine caroms, scored on a putback just before intermission to close the gap to a baker’s dozen. Her field goal was the first hoop in 4:26 for the hosts, who had 15 turnovers at halftime and 28 for the game.

Morgantown took its biggest lead at 52-28 early in the third after Thompson had consecutive assists in a span of 26 seconds as Alicia Golden drained a 3-pointer and Caroline Colombo scored on an easy lay-in.

Thanks in part to freshmen Taryn McCutcheon and Katelyn Byrd, the hosts tried to make a game of it. McCutcheon hit a 3, fellow ninth-grader Carlie Wilson scored inside, Byrd had consecutive hoops and then McCutcheon hit another trifecta and converted a three-point play as the Mohigan advantage was sliced to a dozen at 55-43 at the 2:16 mark.

Parkersburg South, which was led by McCutcheon’s 15 points, never got any closer and trailed 59-43 entering the fourth. The Patriots misfired on their first 10 shots in the final stanza and didn’t convert a field goal until 2:24 was left in the game.

Mohigan Tiara Ireland capped the scoring when she converted an easy look from the block after a Brie Giuliani entry pass.