South girls dominate Point Pleasant
PARKERSBURG – The final hoop of the game, a Hannah Cothern deuce via a Jordan Johnson assist, established a new school record for the girls basketball team of Parkersburg South as the Patriots drilled Point Pleasant, 110-17, Friday night inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.
The defending Class AAA state champion Patriots (8-0) of head coach Scott Stephens led 47-8 after the opening stanza and blanked the Big Blacks in the second quarter en route to holding a 72-8 halftime advantage.
“It has to be,” Stephens said of the 47-point first quarter barrage of also being a school record. “I don’t think we’ve ever scored 50 in a quarter. Everybody is healthy and we’re on to the next one.”
The last time the Patriots hit the century mark was on Dec. 27 of 2012 during a 100-44 dismantling of Brooke. The 110 points surpassed the old record of 109 set back in 2002 against Tug Valley. Of the 16 Patriots in the scorebook, 14 of them scored.
Point Pleasant, which dropped to 0-12 and has just nine varsity members, actually led 2-0 thanks to a pair of Michaela Cottrill charity stripe tosses just 38 ticks into the affair.
However, that was the high point for the Big Blacks as PSHS scored the next 17 points and didn’t look back.
Carlie Wilson knotted the game with a putback at the 7:11 mark and Keya Bartlett’s triple 14 seconds later gave the Patriots the lead for good. Bartlett led all scorers with 25 points, 20 of which came in the opening stanza.
Katelyn Byrd’s bucket just 3:25 into the game put the hosts ahead 24-4 and the last time the Big Blacks trailed by just 20 was at 26-6 when Marlee Bruner scored from a Charli Leach assist.
Following a Morgan Roush hoop from a Cassie Nibert dish, which made it 30-8 with 3:05 left in the first, the Big Blacks went for a stretch of 18:30 without scoring. During that span, the Patriots scored 56 consecutive points. Mykalyn Fallon had four of the final 17 points in the opening period while Taryn McCutcheon had six. McCutcheon, who finished with nine points and a game-high 10 assists, had consecutive steals and lay-ins in the final 12 seconds.
Laken Valentine tallied two of her nine markers on a layup from a Katelyn Enoch assist to get the scoring underway 60 seconds into period two. Point Pleasant, which plays host Monday to Lincoln County, trailed 68-8 with 1:47 left in the half when Allison Currey got a steal and found Alexis Moore for an easy lay-in. Moore scored the final eight points of the half and finished with a dozen counters.
Nibbert, who led the Big Blacks with six points, hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 35 seconds left in the third to stop the scoring drought, but the visitors trailed 86-11. PSHS led by 77 entering the final eight minutes when Amber Cottrell, who added 11 points, found Kelsay Proffitt open for a deuce.
The Patriots, who also received 10 points from starter Anna Hayton, broke the century mark with 3:46 to play on a Currey putback to make it 101-17. Valentine and Breaunna Haynes followed with field goals and Cothern tallied the final five points of the night.
Parkersburg South, which welcomes University on Thursday to the ROAC, held a 45-13 rebounding edge and forced 36 PPHS turnovers, 27 of which came in the first half. The Patriots hit 45 of 80 (56.3 percent) from the floor.