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Girls basketball: Civic Center contributes to shooting woes for GW, SC

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington and South Charleston met for the second year in a row at the Charleston Civic Center on Wednesday night.

And for the second consecutive year both teams had a hard time getting shots to fall.

Last year, the Black Eagles managed to hit 30 percent of their shots and won as the Patriots hit just 22 percent.

Those numbers were pretty much reversed Wednesday as George Washington dominated from start to finish in winning 38-24.

South Charleston shot 20 percent from the field, making 8 of 40 attempts. The Patriots shot 30 percent, making 16 of 53 attempts.

"Every team that comes here struggles with shooting," George Washington junior Kelli Jo Harrison said.

"There is no background and the lights are always in your eyes."

Harrison actually had one of the better shooting nights hitting 7 of 18 shots, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range to finish with a game-high 18 points.

"We've played here enough the last two years that we should be used to it," Patriots Coach Jamie LaMaster said. "But it is tough."

When asked to find a bright spot in the game that included 69 missed shots and 35 turnovers, LaMaster had to think for a minute.

"Our defense I guess," he said.

"Even though we didn't score a lot we were able to keep them from scoring."

The Patriots held the Black Eagles scoreless in the third quarter. Each team scored just 12 points in the second half.

"We did OK in the first half," Harrison said. "We kind of got tired at the end."

The Patriots (3-1) have played every day this week, three games in a row.

The Black Eagles (4-3) struggled from the beginning hitting only one of their first 10 shots.

They received a little lift in the second quarter from Talia Cashwell who hit three of her four shots in the quarter for seven points. She finished with 11 points.

The Patriots did find the range for one quarter when they hit 7 of 15 shots in the second quarter scoring 17 points with Harrison accounting for 10 of those.

She moved outside to find openings in South Charleston's swarming defense.

"They are a very physical team," Harrison said. "The refs let us play a little bit."

The teams combined to shoot just 12 free throws with George Washington taking only two.

The Patriots get a couple of days off now before facing St. Albans at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in another game at the Civic Center. South Charleston travels to Capital for a 7:30 p.m. Friday meeting with the Cougars.


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