The Times West Virginian

January 31, 2014

No. 4 NMHS uses strong post play to thrash Philip Barbour

By Matt Welch
Times West Virginian

RACHEL — The fourth-ranked North Marion Lady Huskies received strong play from two of their seniors en route to a 75-40 thrashing of Philip Barbour Thursday night at North Marion High School.

The Lady Huskies got double-doubles from Anna Marie Moscufo and Noca Singleton as they scored 21 and 12 points, respectively. Each pulled down 10 rebounds.

“We’ve got to get them going. I told Moscufo that that’s how I expect her to play every game, so hopefully she’s turning the corner with this game tonight,” North Marion coach Mike Parrish said after the game. “When they work hard that makes us a lot better. We’ve just got to get them to do that all the time. Tonight we did, but now we've got to get them to get it going from here on out.”

After a sloppy first quarter saw North (13-2) leading only by six points, the Lady Huskies went on a big run to extend their lead.

Over the final three minutes of the first quarter and the first two minutes of the second quarter, North Marion went on a 21-5 run to put the game out of reach early for the Lady Colts.

“It was a little sluggish there in the beginning. We weren't moving the ball good, weren't getting good outlet passes,” Parrish said. “Once we got the outlet passes we got some easy baskets, and that’s what got us going.”

Both Moscufo and Singleton had their double-doubles by the time they came off the floor for good early in the fourth quarter.

Singleton attributed the duo’s success to the hard work the team’s put in during practice.

“We’ve been working a lot in practice doing our post moves and Parrish, our coach, has been making the guards try to pass it in to us and get entry passes,” the 6-foot-1 senior center said. “I think that definitely showed in the game tonight.”

The senior forwards were joined in double figures by guards Megan Haller and Presley Tuttle, who had 14 and 11 points, respectively.

North Marion kept its foot on the gas pedal for most of the game, maintaining control and holding the Lady Colts to single digits in two of the game’s four quarters.

“We got the momentum at the end of the half, and we knew we needed to keep it up to win and not let down like we usually do at halftime,” Singleton said. “So the first three minutes we just took advantage and did what we needed to do.”

Philip Barbour was led by Cassandra Triplett with 10 points and Chelsea Mayle with seven.

With having so much time off due to snow, Parrish said that the team has been able to have some good practices, as evidenced in their past two convincing wins over Big 10 Conference foes.

“We've practiced even though it wasn't mandatory practice. Most of them showed up, so we had some good practices,” Parrish said. ”That makes a big difference because when you don't get to practice, that makes it tough.”

North Marion will now look toward Buckhannon-Upshur in a makeup game this Saturday at 2:45 p.m., another conference game that Parrish believes his girls can use to improve.

“We’ve got a lot of games coming up,” he said. “We’ve got to build on it and not be satisfied with where you're at and keep getting better.”

Email Matt Welch at mwelch@timeswv.com or follow on Twitter @MattWelch_TWV.