Grant Traylor: Opening night in Charleston was a record-breaker
Spring Valley point guard Sarah Kelly had waited all season for what she was able to accomplish Wednesday night in the Charleston Civic Center.
Kelly got a coveted triple-double to lead Spring Valley to an 84-60 win over Capital in the Girls Basketball State Tournament.
After being close on several occasions this season, it was Kelly's first in her high school career.
"It feels good to have a good game and get that triple-double and actually finish shots," Kelly said. "I've had 14, 9 and 8 (points, rebounds, assists) four times this year, but I finally got it."
On this night, it was Kelly's defense that was the crucial as she set a Class AAA tournament record with 10 steals, meaning her triple-double was the first-ever involving steals in a Class AAA girls basketball game.
Kelly's performance followed another record-setting triple-double that was nearly more on Wednesday.
Huntington St. Joe's Mychal Johnson is no stranger to triple-doubles with several this season, but she was only one steal away from a quadruple-double.
Johnson finished with 17 points, 14 assists, 10 rebounds and nine steals to lead St. Joe to an 89-29 win in a Class A game.
The 14 assists eclipsed the previous record in a Class A tournament game, set by Montcalm's Stephanie Davis in 1987.
The Irish also tied the record for 3-pointers in a game with 10 as Griffin Dempsey hit five in the contest.
WHO'S BO?: Prior to entering the media room for their post-game press conference, Spring Valley players looked baffled outside after hearing Scott James, the tournament media coordinator, ask for Larry Miller and his players.
The players looked around and offered a collective "Who's Larry?"because they know their coach as Bo.
Brooke Heck shouted, "Bo, your name is Larry?"
It set off a roar of laughter that stayed with the players as they entered the post-game interviews.
Now, they know Bo. And Larry, too.
PAYNE IN THE POST: Valley (Fayette) center Alexis Payne showed an impressive amount of skills during the first half of her team's Class A loss to Wheeling Central.
Payne was injured in the third quarter when she went up for a block and flipped over Wheeling Central's Colleen McCormick after a shot fake. Payne stayed on the court for several minutes after landing awkwardly on her neck and back.
Prior to injury, Payne had 13 points, eight rebounds and five blocks to keep the Greyhounds within 24-22 at the break.
She finished the game with 14 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.
QUITE A TURNAROUND: After struggling early in its game Wheeling Central turned things on in a big way in the second half.
The Maroon Knights outscored Valley (Fayette) 42-5 in the second half en route to a 66-27 win.
CLARK LEADS BLUE DEVILS: In the day's first game, St. Marys overcame a sluggish 9:30 a.m. start for a Class A game behind the solid play of post player Audra Clark in a 52-24 defeat of Tygarts Valley.
Clark finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds in a 52-24 win. The University of Rio Grande signee was 11-of-17 from the floor.
Grant Traylor is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GrantTraylor.