The Times West Virginian

Prep Sports

January 10, 2014

Lady Huskies top Bridgeport, 63-50: PHOTOS

BRIDGEPORT — Sure, the team isn’t the same.

The leadership isn’t there with just one senior. The nine freshmen on the team prove that most of the key piece are gone. Still, no matter how you slice it, the defending state champion is the defending state champion.

And as North Marion’s girls’ basketball coach Mike Parrish put it Thursday evening after knocking off the Indians at Bridgeport High School, 63-50, “Any time you beat the defending state champs it’s always good.”

It’s certainly better than the alternative, at least.

The Huskies (8-2, 2-1 Big 10) were led by senior forward Anna Marie Moscufo, who scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Asked for the formula for her success, Moscufo put it simply: “Just hustling, rebounding and boxing out.”

While Moscufo was collecting rebounds, Megan Haller took control of the scoring. She put up 18 points.

The sophomore was a key contributor last season for the Huskies, but has continued to show improvement and maturity with each game.

“I had to do a lot of growing up over the summer, especially mentally,” she said. “I had a lot to prepare for because I knew that I had to step up this year. I just tried to expand my game and get a little bit more diversity in how I play.”

It showed Thursday when she connected on two 3-pointers. Then when Bridgeport edged out to take away her outside shooting, Haller took the Indians off the dribble to create her own shot.

“I think she’s progressed a lot,” Moscufo said of her teammate. “She doesn't just run and gun. She works the ball around better and knows when to pass it into the post.”

Freshman guard Presley Tuttle also scored in double figures with 12 points, six of which came in the fourth quarter.

North Marion got off to an early 8-1 lead, but Bridgeport went on a 11-7 run to cut North Marion’s lead to 15-12 at the end of the first quarter. Then in the second, North Marion outscored the Indians 19-10 to take a double-digit lead into halftime.

The defending Class AA champions chipped away at the lead, but were never able to make it closer than a few possessions. North Marion closed it out for its fourth straight win and sixth in seven tries.

The lone loss during that stretch was a 3-point defeat at the hands of Wheeling Park, who just so happens to be the Huskies’ next opponent on Saturday.

The Huskies said they are ready for the rematch.

"We really have got to step it up,” Moscufo said. “We can beat them if we play together and play to our potential."

Email Mike DeFabo at or follow him on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

Text Only
Prep Sports
  • EFHS #11 PITCH -TS.jpg Bolander no-hits FSHS in 1-0 win: PHOTOS

    Jacob Bolander is known affectionately by his East Fairmont teammates as “BoBo.” After his performance Thursday, the Bee baseball team might have to change that nickname to “No-No.”
    The right-handed ace tossed a no-hitter against No. 3 Fairmont Senior in a 1-0 win over the cross-town rival at Mary Lou Retton Park.

    April 25, 2014 8 Photos

  • FSHS girls’ lacrosse wins on Cancer Awareness Night

    “Ring around the rosey, a pocket full of posies. Ashes to ashes, we all fall DOWN.” 
    With that last word, “down” filling the air around East-West Stadium Thursday night, Fairmont Senior put a new play into motion and scored one of its 17 goals on the night in a 17-2 win over visiting Wheeling Park.

    April 25, 2014

  • Morgan Hoke -ts.jpg Polar Bear tennis sweeps East: PHOTOS

    Last week East Fairmont’s girls’ tennis team beat Fairmont Senior, 4-3.
    Wednesday at Fairmont State University, the Polar Bears returned the favor with a 5-2 win over their cross-town rival.
    Alissa Link won No. 1 singles, 8-4. Morgan Hoke won No. 3 singles, 9-7. And Avery Towns won No. 4 singles, 8-5, for the Polar Bears.

    April 24, 2014 8 Photos

  • Hillberry commits to Wesleyan

    Last year Emma Harrison and Kaitlyn Conaway teamed up with Alexis Hillberry to win several relay medals at the state track meet.
    Though the two West Virginia Wesleyan runners are now in college, they helped to pass the baton to Hillberry Wednesday when she signed her National Letter of Intent to join her former teammates on the Bobcats’ track team.

    April 24, 2014

  • North, East softball earn blowout wins

    The North Marion softball team was at it again Wednesday night.
    Mattie Polling tripled and singled, starting pitcher Chelsi Latocha doubled and gave up just one hit as the Huskies rolled to another 3-inning mercy-rule victory over Lewis County, 18-1.

    April 24, 2014

  • FSHS #32, 29-BU #15-TS.jpg Cousins Sansalone, Craig lead Polar Bears past B-U: PHOTOS

    They say you don’t mess with family. Buckhannon-Upshur found that one out the hard way.

    April 23, 2014 7 Photos

  • Gabbi Mascaro Signing -md.jpg Mascaro signs with FSU

    Gabi Mascaro is staying in Fairmont.
    After considering several out-of-state colleges, the Fairmont Senior soccer standout signed her National Letter of Intent Tuesday to continue her career at Fairmont State University, an upstart program which will play its first games in 2015.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • EF # 5 BP #23 MW.JPG Slow start spoils Bees’ upset bid: PHOTOS

    Fresh off a fairly successful trip to Myrtle Beach, the East Fairmont baseball team was looking to gain some respect in its own state by toppling No. 4 Bridgeport on the road. Instead, the Bees came home with an 8-3 loss after a slow start spoiled their upset bid.

    April 22, 2014 6 Photos

  • Brooks’ one-hitter powers Huskies past Cougars

    North Marion’s Skyler Brooks threw a one-hitter, Travis Smith hit a 3-run home run and the Huskies downed Lincoln, 13-1, Monday night.

    April 22, 2014

  • NMHS #5 PITCH -TS.jpg Latocha dominant in circle for North

    It’s common knowledge that you don’t talk about a no-hitter while it’s in progress or you might jynx the pitcher.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Prep Sports Highlights
NDN Sports
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos