CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tygarts Valley, with its diminutive lineup, used a triangle-and-two defense to try to mitigate the height and length difference between its sixth-seeded team and No. 3 St. Marys.
It worked, sort of.
St. Marys junior center Kendra Walker, who towers over most girls basketball competition at 6-foot-4, was held scoreless until 4:46 left of the third quarter in Wednesday morning's Class A first-round state tournament matchup.
The Blue Devils, however, also have 6-foot senior Audra Clark, who managed to outscore Tygarts Valley by herself in a 52-24 win at the Charleston Civic Center.
"(Tygarts Valley) spent a lot of time taking stuff away from Kendra Walker," St. Marys Coach Howard Meeks said. "They took away the points. When they took Kendra away we reversed the ball and Audra did what Audra does best - knock down shots."
Clark had twice as many field goals (six) as Tygarts Valley did as a team (three) at halftime. She nearly had a double-double by intermission with 12 points and nine rebounds, while her fellow post player had seven first-half rebounds.
St. Marys (24-1) led 19-8 at the half, and then Clark and Walker combined to score all of the Blue Devils' points in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 15 points.
Clark had 11 of her game-high 28 points in the third quarter. She finished 11-for-17 from the field, 6-for-8 from the foul line and tied with Walker for the game-high in rebounds (11).
"They're a matchup problem," Tygarts Valley Coach Mike DiPasquale said.
Still, St. Marys tied its lowest scoring output of the season and couldn't sniff its 69.0 points per game average. Clark had 54 percent of the Blue Devils' scoring Wednesday, while the rest of the team combined to shoot 9-for-32 from the field, miss all nine of its 3s and total just 24 points.