A-B sweeps Ohio Valley

VIENNA – The Ohio Valley University women’s basketball team nearly tasted victory for the second time this season here Thursday inside the Snyder Activity Center. But in the end, visiting Alderson-Broaddus secured a West Virginia Conference doubleheader sweep.

Although the two teams combined to miss 20 of 23 field goals to start the men’s game, the Battlers (15-5, 13-3 WVIAC) never trailed and rolled to an easy 71-47 victory. The Fighting Scot (1-20, 1-16) women had the game tied at 57 with 2:02 to play, but A-B ran off six of the last eight points to pull off a 63-59 triumph.

OVU, which returns to action Monday at Bluefield State, had an early 2-1 cushion in the women’s game when Kayla Parsley scored inside via a Jasmine Gibson assist. However, the Battlers (6-14, 5-11) started to assert themselves and it was 13-5 with 12:13 left in the half when former Ravenswood all-stater Ashley Prince secured a rebound and got the assist when she found Cayla Rhodes open on the block.

A Sydney Shaffer 3-pointer put OVU behind 21-10 and it was 23-11 after Rhodes, who tied Leah Hurst for team-high scoring honors with 15 points apiece, knocked down a 16-foot jumper. However, the hosts went on a 10-0 spurt that was started by three points from Gibson and ended with a Janelle Silver lay-in.

Despite trailing 29-27 at intermission, Ohio Valley didn’t take its second lead of the contest until Shelby Way’s three-point play with 6:57 to go made it 48-47. OVU had its next-to-last advantage at 52-50 thanks to a Saira House reverse lay-in. But after Danielle Dunnagan canned a triple to square the game 57 apiece, it was all A-B. The Battlers took the lead for good when Rhodes scored off the pick-and-roll from a Nautica Davis dish.

Gibson, who had a game-high 17 points while Way hit for 13 and Dunnagan a dozen, made it 61-59 with 0:37 remaining after scoring a deuce. But Hurst canned two charity stripe tosses to provide for the fou-point margin of victory. Way had a game-high seven assists while A-B’s Amanda Peoples had the lone double-double, going for 10 points and as many boards.

The A-B men led 7-4 early before taking control with a 14-2 run that witnessed Malcolm Tatum score six points and Battler teammates Richard Lemon and Kurklin Bohanon end the spurt with consecutive 3s.

Jonathan Ferguson’s triple gave the visitors as 41-22 edge at intermission and Ohio Valley (3-20, 1-15) didn’t surpass A-B’s halftime total until James Allen assisted on Austin Parker’s lay-in with 3:26 left in the contest.

OVU’s Ashton Brown led all scorers with 22 points and grabbed a team-high seven boards.

O’Dell Eargle came off the A-B bench to post a double-double of 13 points and 15 boards. The only other Battler to reach double digits in scoring was Bohanon, who finished with 10 points, six boards and a trio of assists.