Times West Virginian
Playing with the Associated Press’ No. 1 ranking for the first time, Fairmont Senior’s girls’ basketball team had a target on its back.
But in a 69-42 win at Preston, the Polar Bears were the ones doing the shooting.
Kaden Whaley scored 22 points, Emily Stoller had 12 and Ty Horton added 10 to help the top-ranked team in the state improve to 15-1.
Kelsey Morrone added six points and Jasmine Johnson pitched in four.
Fairmont Senior coach Corey Hines said that while it the team enjoyed winning with the No. 1 ranking, they aren’t finished yet.
“It’s nice to know some of our hard work is paying off,” he said. “But the ultimate goal is to be No. 1 at the end of the season.”
The Polar Bears jumped out to a 17-10 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 33-20 by halftime.
Preston responded, however, in the third quarter, outscoring Fairmont Senior, 13-10.
But in the fourth, the Polar Bears held the Knights to just four points to put the game away.
“We turned it up defensively in the fourth quarter,” Hines said.
Fairmont Senior will be back on the court Thursday at Lewis County.
North Marion 77
Lewis County 49
North Marion’s girls basketball team overcame a sluggish first half to thump Lewis County Tuesday night, 77-49.
After a back-and-forth first half, the visiting Huskies went into the break up by just three points. Then in the second half, they went on a 26-10 run in the third quarter to put the game away and improve their record to 17-2.
It wasn’t the first time the Huskies started slow only to finish strong. Just last week, they led Lincoln by single a point at halftime before opening up a double-digit lead in the third quarter.
“We’ve been a second half team lately,” said North Marion coach Mike Parrish. “We’ve got to start being a four-quarter team.”
Sophomore Megan Haller paced North Marion with 21 points. She was joined in double figures by freshman guard Presley Tuttle, who finished with 18 points, four assists and five steals.
Noca Singleton (eight points, six blocks), Cara Egress (seven points), Anna Marie Moscufo (six points), Mackensy Hess (four points), Christa Tobin (three points), Taylor Wells (three points), Brittany Sigley (two points), Claudia Sheets (two points), Taylor Trowbridge (two points) and Andrea Nicholas (one point) also pitched in to the help the Huskies pick up their 13th consecutive win.
Parrish said that he and the Huskies aren’t worried about the streak, but instead their next game today at Elkins.
“We never really talk about the streak, we just talk about the next team,” he said. “We’ve got to go home, go to bed and wake up ready for another game.”
East Fairmont 43
East Fairmont dropped a 64-43 game at Lincoln Tuesday night.
Felicity VanGilder led the Bees with 13 points. Alexis Wamsley had eight. Macey Nuzum scored six and Brooklynn Weaver added five.
Emily Knight led the Cougars with 19 points.
The Bees battled and kept pace with the senior-heavy Cougars. Mid way through the second quarter the score was tied at 15. But in the second part of the quarter they began to pull away.
“They are a very senior-oriented team,” East Fairmont coach James Beckman said. “Any time you have five or six seniors, that’s going to be a great team.
I told my girls, I want you to learn something from this team. Hopefully they took something away from it.”
The Bees also dropped a 50-44 decision to Grafton on Monday night.
VanGilder again led the Bees, this time with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Weaver added nine points and Bailey Frederick had six.
The losses drop East Fairmont to 8-10 on the year. They will return to action Thursday to host North Marion.