CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- By the time Michigan State gets hold of Taryn McCutcheon, perhaps the point guard will take a greater interest in scoring.
Then again, the 23rd-ranked Spartans probably know exactly what they're getting and would prefer to keep it that way.
McCutcheon had a school-record 14 assists to go with 12 points and two steals Wednesday as top-ranked, undefeated and defending Class AAA state champion Parkersburg South (20-0) stormed to a 76-39 win against George Washington (11-8) at the Shootout in the Big House at the Charleston Civic Center.
South junior guard Keya Bartlett surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career last week and had 11 points Wednesday as one of five South players - the team's entire starting lineup - that scored in double figures. But while Bartlett is on pace to become one of the perennial power's all-time scoring leaders, it's another mark that the 5-foot-3 McCutcheon is after.
"My mom does have the record, and it is important to me but at the same time you have to focus on anything that will help your team to win, and my team's just really, really great with me, and I'm so proud of Keya for the thousand points," McCutcheon said of the school's career assists high mark. "If she didn't get there, then I probably wouldn't be anywhere close with the assists. We have to feed off of each other."
McCutcheon's mother, Deana Smith McCutcheon, had 456 assists in a three-year career at South that ended with the 1991 season. The elder McCutcheon played in an era before girls basketball season was moved to the winter to coincide with the boys season, and she graduated in 1992.
Taryn McCutcheon led a barnstorming of the 2013 Class AAA state tournament, when the Patriots entered the event as the third seed, outlasted second-seeded Morgantown in a memorable semifinal then topped Logan for its first state title since 2008 and its third overall. She began last week with 315 career assists in less than two full seasons and Wednesday said that while that challenge was difficult and the team - which is without a single senior - returned intact, staying at the top through the 2013-14 season has been a bigger chore.
"It's really easy coming from the bottom up to the top," she said. "But when you're at the top it's so hard to keep your spot. We're going to have to work harder than we ever have before. I do believe that we're way better than we were last year, but everybody knows that now."
GW coach Jamie LaMaster said he was a full believer after watching his team dismantled in a game that opened with a 16-1 South run.
"They run the floor extremely well. I don't know, I've been doing this a long time - 20 years - and I don't know that I've seen a team like South," LaMaster said. "I don't know that I can identify a weakness."