CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Glenville State junior guard Jelena Elez tracked down a loose ball during a second-half stoppage in play and tossed it to the referee.
The official thanked her, and Elez replied with an enthusiastic, "You're welcome."
It was easy to be cheerful.
Elez's third-seeded Pioneers had their way in the quarterfinal round of the West Virginia Conference Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center on Wednesday rolling to a 79-46 victory over No. 6 seed Davis & Elkins (14-14) in a game that wasn't in question past the midway point of the first half.
Third-seeded Glenville (22-6) moves into Friday's semifinal round at 3 p.m. against the winner of Wednesday's late game between Concord and Charleston.
"Things are going well right now because our seniors are playing well," said third-year Glenville State Coach Bunky Harkleroad, whose Pioneers won the tournament championship last year as the No. 3 seed. "Now's the time they need to do that."
Davis & Elkins was making its first visit to the quarterfinal round of the tournament since 2002, seven years before current Coach Jason Asbell took over.
The Senators dropped a 96-67 decision to Glenville State on Feb. 1, turning the ball over 24 times. They had only 11 this time, but the urge to take quick shots after beating the backcourt pressure was too much to overcome.
"We had shots we didn't knock down," said D&E's leading scorer, Page Turner, who averages 12.7 points but finished with only two. "It was our first time here. I think we were composed on the press this time. But, they are quick. They're quick at getting back."
"We gave special attention to Page Turner," Harkleroad said. "We tried to take her out of the game. She's a terrific point guard and the glue to their team."
Davis & Elkins sophomore Rachel Gostomski had multiple open looks in the first half, but missed her first six 3-pointers and was 0-for-8 for the game, a microcosm of the Senators' struggles.