The stay for Fairmont State’s Lady Falcons atop the West Virginia Conference standings was a short one.

FSU, which took sole possession of the top spot in the 16-team league Monday evening by virtue of a win over Wheeling Jesuit, was knocked out of first place Thursday night with a 77-62 loss on the road against Concord University at the Carter Center.

The setback was the most lopsided of the season for Fairmont’s women who fell to 10-3 overall and to 3-1 in the WVC. Concord, meanwhile, improved to 8-2 overall and to 2-1 in the conference. It was the third straight win for the Lady Mountain Lions, who snapped a three-game losing streak to Fairmont State with the victory.

FSU slipped to fourth place in the league with the loss. Concord is now fifth.

The Lady Mountain Lions only led 31-28 at the half, but used a dominating second-half performance to record the win. Concord shot a sizzling 61.2 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes (19-of-31), including a 5-of-8 performance from behind the three-point line as it outscored the Lady Falcons, 46-34.

“In actuality at one point in the second half we cut their 11-point lead down to five and had the basketball, but didn’t score and they took it back out to 10 again,” said FSU coach Steve McDonald. “The difference in the game, I think, was solely coaching. I think they outcoached us. I think they had a better game plan than we did and I think we’re going to have to try to do a little bit better of a job the next time around.”

Junior forward Samm Nester led the Lady Mountain Lions with 21 points and four rebounds. Guard Shari Walker added 15 points and had a couple of big second-half 3-pointers. CU also got 11 points, 11 assists and zero turnovers from junior point guard Jamie Cluesman.

Concord shot 52.5 percent from the field for the game (31-of-59). FSU connected on 46.3 percent of its field goals (25-of-54).

Fairmont State was paced by Danielle Cornish’s 19 points and seven rebounds.

Jaimie Merinar added 12 points, Jenna Eckleberry chipped in 10 points and had five assists and Ashley Vavrek finished with eight points.

The Lady Falcons return to action Saturday evening when they host Salem International University in a 5:30 p.m. game at the Joe Retton Arena.

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