By Nick Cammuso
Times West Virginian
It all came together for North Marion’s girls’ basketball team on Wednesday night.
Thanks to defense and plenty of long-range shooting, the Huskies built a big halftime lead en route to a 64-55 upset win over Robert C. Byrd at the Husky Den in Rachel.
The Eagles, No. 4 in this week’s AP Class AA girls’ poll, came into the game as winners of four in a row and 10 of 11 overall.
“We played good defense, kept ball out of the paint and hit some big shots,” North Marion coach Mike Parrish said. “Defense was a big key for us. It was a good game.”
You can say that again. And it was all North in the early going as the Huskies nabbed a 20-15 after one period and stretched it out to 13 points, 33-20, by halftime. Little changed in the third, as North took that same 13-point cushion (51-38) into the final period.
RCB (12-4) only got as close as nine points in the fourth, but even that comeback attempt was thwarted when Audia Bartlett got a key steal to help put things on ice.
But this wasn’t just steals. North attacked in the backcourt and battled the Eagles inside, and was a big reason how it put the clamps on all-stater Alicia Noble.
Sarah Barksdale paced RCB with 16 points.
On the other end of the floor, North had another huge game behind the arc as the Huskies hit 12 3-pointers on Wednesday.
Bartlett hit five treys and finished with 19 points, while Megan Haller netted three 3-pointers and had a game-best 20 points.
Mackensy Hess added eight points for North, and Anna Moscufo had seven and Cassady Rodriguez six.
“We have to keep it going,” Parrish said of his team’s success from three. “We’ve worked on our shooting and when you have the chance you have to hit them. We’ve been doing a better job of that the last few games.”
North (10-4), winners of five in a row, visits Philip Barbour on Friday.
Bees upend Lewis County
Also on Wednesday, East Fairmont’s girls’ basketball team notched a 52-47 road win at Lewis County.
The Bees got the victory thanks to some clutch foul shooting late. In fourth period, alone East went 17 of 22 from the charity stripe and for the game was 29 of 38 on free throws
“That was big,” East coach Bill Malone said. “They did a nice job of taking the ball to the basket.”
East also did a nice job of rallying. The Bees trailed 13-6 at the end of the first quarter and 18-17 at halftime before turning it on after intermission. In fourth, they held a 24-16 scoring edge.
Brooklyn Weaver paced the Bees 20 points, including a 14 for 14 performance from the foul line.
Peyton Ryan chipped in 14 points and Felicity VanGilder had 11. Melissa Meluzio added eight rebounds and Catherine Boyles pulled down six.
“It’s just a nice win for the girls,” Malone said. “They worked hard for it and I’m very proud of them. They kept their heads up and did a good job.”
East (6-11) visits cross-town rival Fairmont Senior on Friday.
Bears fall to Indians
Also on Wednesday, the No. 7 Fairmont Senior girls fell to host No. 2 Bridgeport, 47-28.
The Polar Bears were held to just nine first-half points and trailed 18-9 at intermission, and then were outscored 22-11 in the third period.
Fairmont Senior (10-4) committed 24 turnovers on the night.
Kaden Whaley led the Polar Bears with seven points, while Kelsey Morrone had six and Jasmine Johnson had five. Emily Stoller was held to two points.
Miki Glenn and Jacquelyn Wolfe each had 15 points to lead the Indians, who moved to 15-2.
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