It wasn’t a pretty game on either side of the ball, but in the end, it was the same outcome as so many times before.

Morgantown’s girls’ basketball team, bolstered by a 19-point halftime lead, held on to defeat East Fairmont Friday, 46-29.

“We can’t play anybody that wears red,” East Fairmont head coach Bill Malone said. “I felt good going into the game. But we threw lazy passes and could not make a shot.”

The two teams played a pretty close first quarter before the Mohigans pulled ahead late. East took its only lead of the game — 7-5 — with 3:41 left in the first quarter on an Ashley Morris jumper. Morgantown quickly answered with a Tara Napolillo 3-pointer, and the Bees never led again.

While in the team’s first meeting, it was the Mohigan full-court pressure that doomed the Bees, this time it was their poor shooting.

The Bees never scored double-digits in any of the four quarters and managed only three points — on a Leah Jenkins 3-pointer — in the second quarter.

“We had open shots. We just missed them,” Malone said. “We couldn’t make much of anything tonight.

“I thought this was one of our worst performances of the year.”

East outscored the Mohigans in the second half 17-15, holding Morgantown to single digits in both the third and fourth quarters, but the damage had already been done.

“I just can’t get my finger on this team’s pulse,” Malone said. “Don’t get me wrong though, we got beat by a good team. I was really sorry to see them lose those two games before coming here to play us.

“We just get out on the court and don’t do the little things that we go over and over in practice.”

Jenna Wood led East Fairmont with seven points. Lindsey Mills and Jenkins both added six, Ashley Morris and Sara Culp four and Heather Speelman two.

Morgantown was paced by Cynthia Fullard with 12 points and Napolillo with 10.

East Fairmont (9-5, 7-2 in the North Central Athletic Conference) will return to action on Wednesday when it hosts West Fairmont.

“We’d better be ready to play better come Wednesday, that’s for sure,” Malone said.

E-mail Mike Bowen at mbowen@timeswv.com.

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