HHS girls capture MSAC
CHARLESTON -- Kiana Evans took care of the scoring in the second half, Ericka Budd took care of the rebounding and behind that, the Highlanders took care of the MSAC Girls Championship on Saturday evening at South Charleston Community Center.
Evans scored 20 of her 27 points in the second half and Budd finished with 19 points and 20 rebounds to lead Huntington High to a 72-51 win over George Washington.
"This feels good because we haven't done it since I've been here," Evans said. "Hopefully, they can keep doing it for the next couple of years."
After a close first half in which the Highlanders took a slim 26-25 lead to the locker room, Huntington High turned up the intensity in the third quarter.
Evans scored 12 of the last 14 points of the quarter for the Highlanders, who outscored George Washington 25-13 in the frame.
"We picked up our defense," Evans said. "On 50-50 balls, coach told us we had to get them so we hustled and tried to get everyone we could. Then, the shots started falling."
At each turn, it was Budd who was in the middle of the loose balls, hustling at every turn and getting on the floor to help get her team possession. In addition to her 19 points and 20 rebounds, she also contributed three steals.
On one possession in the third quarter, Budd dove on the ground, secured a rebound then kicked it to Evans, who knocked down a 3-pointer that seemed to break the spirit of the Patriots.
"She puts her heart in every game," Evans said. "She gives her all to try and make us win and it pumps us up. She's a really good player."
Dominique Gibson also finished with a double-double for Huntington High with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Kelli Jo Harrison led George Washington with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Rachel Ward added 16 in the loss.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 11 14 13 13 - 51: Mobayed 10, H. Stewart 1, K. Stewart 3, Harrison 20, Romeo 1, Ward 16
HUNTINGTON 12 14 25 21 - 72: Congleton 8, Gibson 11, Budd 19, Evans 27, Johnson 5, Parrish 2
SPRING VALLEY 82, PARKERSBURG 51: The Timberwolves pushed the tempo and the lead early to earn a sound victory in the MSAC second-place girls contest on Saturday afternoon.
Madison Morris led Spring Valley with 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win while Sarah Kelly had 10 points and five steals as well. The Timberwolves forced 20 turnovers.
Spring Valley jumped out to a 22-7 lead before Parkersburg went on a 13-2 run to close within four points.
However, the Timberwolves started forcing turnovers with the press and getting out in transition off misses to answer with a 20-2 run that put the contest away.
Spring Valley got itself into early foul trouble with three starters having two fouls at the end of one quarter, but the Big Reds could not take advantage.
Parkersburg ended the game 17-of-41 from the foul line in the lopsided loss.
Kennedy Walker and Haley Ackerman each had 11 points for Parkersburg while Imani Ward finished with 10 despite being saddled with foul trouble throughout.
PARKERSBURG 11 16 12 12 - 51: Schumacher 2, Kurucz 7, Ackerman 11, Hill 1, Ward 10, Millwood 3, Cox 2, Walker 11, Morrison 4
SPRING VALLEY 22 26 14 20 - 82: Petry 8, McGraw 3, Heck 8, Butcher 5, Mathis 8, Ratcliff 9, Lemons 1, Darby 2, Mac. Morris 9, Mad. Morris 16, Dingess 3, Kelly 10
GEORGE WASHINGTON 51, HURRICANE 50: A putback by Cameron Huston off a miss by Luke Eddy allowed George Washington to survive in the boys' consolation game.
The Patriots scored the game's final six points after Rasaan Harris had gotten a 3-point play then found Henry Sorsaia underneath the basket to make it 50-45.
Sorsaia had 17 for Hurricane while Harris added 15 in the loss.
Eddy finished with 16 to lead George Washington while Dominic King netted 10 - all in the first half.
HURRICANE 15 15 12 8 - 50: Sorsaia 17, Harris 15, Dawson 4, Defries 5, Estep 6, Miles 3
GEORGE WASHINGTON 16 11 14 10 - 51: Lewis 2, Kay 5, King 10, Breeden 8, Eddy 16, Huston 6, Corena 4