Cadets pummel Monroe Central

BEVERLY – Trailing 18-12 early in the second quarter of an OVAC semifinal game against Monroe Central here Wednesday night, Fort Frye found itself in unfamiliar territory.

Instead of panicking, however, the Cadets powered their way to 26-3 run to go up 38-21 at halftime.

With the 71-41 win, Fort Frye (18-3) moves on to the OVAC championship Saturday at Ohio University Eastern, where it will square off against River. Fort Frye and River split the regular season series.

If the Cadets can continue to put the ball through the hoop the way they did against the Seminoles Wednesday in Beverly, they will be tough to beat.

Fort Frye shot 27 for 50 from the floor and made 10 of 23 (43 percent) 3-point attempts. Monroe Central, on the other hand, was 16 for 43 (37 percent) shooting in the contest.

Cheslie Roberts hit two 3-pointers early in the second period to give the ‘Noles an 18-12 advantage.

After Michelle Adkins banked in a 3-pointer, Brooke Borich followed with consecutive 3s on assists from Adkins and Morgan Liedtke to put the Cadets up 21-18. Deidra Combs, who had a game-high 18 markers, then scored four consecutive points to increase the lead to seven.

Later, a three-point play by Chelsie Tewanger cut it to 26-21, but Borich and Morgan Liedtke quickly countered with back-to-back treys to make the score 32-21. After Combs and Micayla Hupp each scored baskets, Borich found Taylor Buchanan in the corner for a long 2-point jumper at the buzzer.

The Cadets fed off the 17-point halftime advantage, going on a 12-2 run to open the second half. Hupp led the stretch with four points while Borich and Morgan Liedtke each hit 3-pointers.

Tewanger, who had a team-high 11 tallies, finally converted on a three-point play followed by a Roberts fastbreak layup to stop the bleeding a bit, but Fort Frye still held a 50-28 lead.

Morgan Liedtke then went on to hit 3-pointers in the final minutes of the third quarter and opening minutes of the fourth quarter to put the Cadets up 62-31 and seal the deal.

Braxton County 60,

Webster County 46

SUTTON – Hunter Sodaro tallied a game-high 21 points and Anne Golinsky added 14 more to help host Braxton County top Webster County, 60-46, here Wednesday.

Sodaro grabbed 11 rebounds to finish with a double-double for the 13-6 Eagles, who play for fifth place in the Little Kanawha Conference when they invade Williamstown tonight.

Samantha Stout paced Webster County (11-7) with 19 points.

Gilmer County 44,

Calhoun County 11

MT. ZION – Gilmer County took all the drama out of Wednesday’s contest with Calhoun County after outscoring the Red Devils 21-2 to open the first quarter.

Gilmer County tapered off in terms of scoring but did manage to post a 44-11 victory. Morgan Allen knocked down four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 12 points for the 14-4 Titans. Teammate Julie Bishop pitched in nine points.

Ritchie County 56, Tyler Consolidated 52

ELLENBORO – Host Ritchie County jumped out to a 31-19 lead at the half, but then had to stave off rallying Tyler Consolidated in the second half to post a 56-52 win over the Silver Knights Wednesday night.

Ritchie, now 9-9 overall and 4-8 in the LKC North, was sparked by Tristin Toman with 30 points, followed by Kylie Gump with 10. Gump grabbed 15 rebounds for the Rebels while Amanda Davis dished out six assists for Ritchie,

Sophie Kinnard’s 15 points paced Tyler while Sydney Reed netted 12, Torrye Cline added 11 and Allison Wable tallied 10. Cline had seven of Tyler’s 28 rebounds and four steals.

Boys Basketball

St. Marys 65,

Clay-Battelle 52

ST. MARYS – Andrew Cosper went off for 25 points and Austin Bayless chipped in 11 as host St. Marys knocked off Clay-Battelle 65-52 here Wednesday night to win the Northern Division I West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament championship game.

The Blue Devils, now 15-2, will play the Buffalo/Valley Fayette (Southern Division title game) winner at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Summersville for the overall crown.

Connor Lancaster added five points and nine boards for the Blue Devils, who also got five markers and eight steals from Jordan Whitehair.

Clay-Battelle (10-6) was led by Logan Opyoke’s 18 points while Cameron Brummage tallied nine.

Wirt County 86,

Calhoun County 53

MT. ZION -Calhoun County showed promise leading 17-15 in the early stages of Wednesday’s game with Wirt County.

To say the wheels fell off was an understatement as the Tigers ripped off 21 straight points and defeated the Red Devils 86-53.

Kalob Bell led Wirt County (6-11) with 37 points, including 18 points in the third quarter as the Tigers extended the lead to 65-42. Teammate Austin McVey accounted for 12 points.

Calhoun County dropped to 2-15 despite 19 points from Tyler Gerwig and 11 points from Ryan Slider.

Williamstown 64,

Doddridge County 59

WEST UNION – Visiting Williamstown got 19 points from Chandler Weber, 16 from Gage Wix and 11 from Josh DeBolt en route to a 64-59 win over Doddridge County Wednesday night.

The Yellowjackets improved to 6-11 with the victory while the loss dropped the host Bulldogs to 3-12 on the season.

Doddridge was paced point-wise by Dillon Muhly-Alexander with a game-high 24 points.

Roane County 53,

Braxton County 40

SUTTON -Braxton County gave Roane County a scare before the Class AA 10th-ranked Raiders pulled away for a 53-40 victory on Wednesday.

Roane County (12-4, 9-1 LKC South) built a 38-21 lead before a 15-2 run by Braxton County sliced the deficit to 40-36.

Jacob Neal led the Raiders with 18 points, while Tyler Harper added 12 points.

Cody Hilton paced all Braxton County scorers with 10 points.