www.charlestondailymail.com Prep Sports http://www.charlestondailymail.com Daily Mail feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Parkersburg South girls rout South Charleston http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150120/DM03/150129894 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150120/DM03/150129894 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:04:15 -0500 By Derek Taylor PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - Anna Heyton and Parkersburg South girls basketball coach Scott Stephens didn't agree what was more important in the Patriots' 70-28 blowout of previously unbeaten South Charleston on Tuesday at the Rod Oldham Activities Center in Parkersburg.

To Stephens said his team's ability to shut out the No. 3-ranked team in the Associated Press Class AAA girls basketball poll through the entire second quarter was the highlight of the surprisingly easy win for the second-ranked Patriots (12-2), a team that lost to the Black Eagles 76-62 in South Charleston on Dec. 27.

Heyton, a 6-foot-2 junior center who led all players with 20 points and was one of five South starters to finish with at least five rebounds Tuesday, said it was South's ability to put 29 points on the board in the third quarter that stood out.

"I think being able to score 29 in the third was bigger. We were all so pumped, and we wanted to kill them," Heyton said. "We wanted to get a blowout because we were really mad that we lost to them last time."

They got the blowout, and it was apparent early they were going to get it. South closed the first quarter on a 17-2 run, and then SC (12-1) did not score again until the first moments of the second half.

Leave it to South All-State point guard and Michigan State commitment Taryn McCutcheon to settle the disagreement between her coach and her teammate.

"I'd say towards the beginning it was big because it got the fire going," said McCutcheon, South's all-time assists leader who finished with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.

"We were just really pumped for that game and it really showed in the second quarter, but I think the third was maybe even more important, because usually we're bad coming out at halftime. We relax. So, that showed how much effort we wanted to put into this game."

South Charleston shot just 18 percent from the floor in the first half and turned the ball over 12 times in the opening two quarters. In the meantime, South used skip passes to open up the floor and give McCutcheon more room to move with the ball against the speedy Black Eagles. Heyton was the biggest beneficiary, as she had 10 first-quarter points while SC managed just seven as a team.

"Heyton came to play," Stephens said. "That (skip pass) is just something we do. (McCutcheon) is hard to guard and it normally takes somebody to help and make her pick up her dribble and then that leaves somebody open. Then there's a scramble, generally, to cover that and it leaves a skip open.

"We did play a pretty strong first half, and that's a good basketball team. When you can shut somebody out for a quarter that says something," Stephens said.

Senior Keya Bartlett, another record-holding All-State guard in the Patriots lineup, finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, five steals and two blocked shots. Bartlett did not play in the teams' first meeting this season.

SC sophomore point guard Aaliyah Dunham led the Black Eagles with 13 points, seven rebounds and two steals, but coach Gary Greene said there was nothing his team did well in the loss.

"All the credit in the world goes to them. They had a great gameplan, they executed and they shot the lights out," Greene said. "But you can't shoot 17 or 18 percent in the first half and win. Everything they did fell in place for them. We didn't do anything. Still, I don't know one phase of the game we did well.

"We didn't box out, we didn't rebound, didn't run a break. We didn't do anything," Greene said.

South Charleston didn't score its 10th point until 4:09 remained in the third quarter. By that point South led 42-11.

Carlie Wilson also scored in double figures for South, and finished with 11 points.

Contact Preps Editor Derek Taylor at derek.taylor@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsreallyDT.

Riverside boys rally but can't catch Huntington http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150120/DM03/150129895 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150120/DM03/150129895 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:03:01 -0500 By Derek Redd CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Coach Craig Albright feels his Riverside High School boys basketball team can play with any team it faces. He can see the proof in the runs his Warriors make against top competition. Now, if Riverside could sustain those runs, he thinks he could replace "play" with "defeat."

The Warriors rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit Tuesday night against Class AAA No. 5 Huntington, scoring 19 straight points between the end of the second period and the start of the third. But self-inflicted wounds and 56 points from Huntington's Tavian Dunn-Martin and Anthony Meadows allowed the Highlanders to prevail in the end, 78-61, at Quincy.

Riverside center Josh Carpenter scored 24 points, but it wasn't enough to overcome 17 Warriors turnovers.

"My kids have got to learn that they have to fight through stuff," Albright said. "When stuff goes bad, you've just got to dig down. We can play ... what's frustrating is that we can play with any team that's on our schedule."

A prime example of that came with Riverside down 36-20 in the second period. The Warriors (6-7), led by Carpenter, stormed back against the Highlanders to cut that lead to 36-34 at halftime. Then Riverside got another Carpenter basket and a 3-pointer from Trevor Smith less than a minute into the third that gave the Warriors their first lead of the game, 39-36.

"We started helping out on defense and not being intimidated by the whole thing," Albright said.

Yet the Highlanders refused to break, and ended the third with another double-digit lead thanks to a heaping helping of Dunn-Martin, who scored 10 of his 30 in that period. Huntington coach Ron Hess said his team did a great job of snatching back momentum in the game.

"I kind of thought we lost our composure there late in the second," Hess said. "And that's the thing I told them, 'Guys, just calm down and lets play our game of basketball and we'll be fine. We can't let the other team dictate the tempo that we play."

The Warriors had one more run in them to start the fourth, outscoring Huntington 10-2 to cut the Highlanders' lead to 58-55. That was as close as Riverside would get, though, as Dunn-Martin and Meadows scored nine points each in the final period to allow Huntington to pull away for good.

Dunn-Martin was effective inside and outside, hitting six 3-pointers in the game and knifing to the hoop for layups.

"My teammates got me involved," he said. "I couldn't do it without my teammates."

The Highlanders also were active on the defensive end, stepping in front of a slew of Riverside passes and turning them into points on the other end.

Riverside's 1-2 scoring punch of Carpenter and Tamar Lawson weren't throwing as many haymakers Tuesday night. Both players entered the game averaging more than 20 points, Carpenter at 24.4 points per game and Lawson at 23.3. But Lawson could muster only 12 against Huntington. Quan Brock was the Warriors' only other double-digit scorer with 11. John Dawson chipped in nine points for Huntington.

Albright is asking several less-experienced players to take on more prominent roles to supplement what Carpenter, Lawson and Brock are doing. He sees good effort, but said that effort must remain for the entire game and not fade in spots.

"We're in these games and my kids, they're playing hard," Albright said. "They really are playing hard. But sometimes it's more than just playing hard. It's just knowing that, when you step on the court, you can compete with people and not be intimidated by the whole process."

Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.redd@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.charlestondailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.

Prep basketball roundup: No. 1 Poca boys roll http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150120/DM03/150129896 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150120/DM03/150129896 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:02:24 -0500 FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Class AA top-ranked Poca improved its record to 11-0 with a 67-43 win over visiting Nicholas County in boys high school baseketball play Tuesday.

Elijah Cuffee paced the Dots with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Noah Frampton and Luke Frampton added 17 and 11 points, respectively.

For Nicholas County (2-10), Jacob Hopkins led the way with 14 points, followed by Nathan Stewart with 13.

Sissonville 55, Chapmanville 50 - Steven Hairston scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Indians (9-3) at home. Chance Brown also had 13 points for Sissonville.

For Chapmanville (6-5), Josh Butcher netted a game-high 20 points, while Trey Dalton chipped in with 10 points.

Gilmer County 56, Clay County 53 - The Titans (9-0) jumped to an 18-4 first quarter lead and held on for the tough road win. Zach Chapman paced Gilmer with 16 points, while Noah Avilles added 11 points and Austin Ratliff 10.

For Clay County (4-8), Stephen Cole had 20 points, whileJared Legg added 15.

Ripley 54, Spring Valley 52 - The Vikings (7-5) trailed by two at the half, but rallied to pull out the home win. Chase Johnson led Ripley with 22 points, followed by Luke Layhew with 16.

For Spring Valley (7-5), Jacob Kilgore had 25 points.

Charleston Catholic 63, Buffalo 34 - The Irish improved to 9-3 behind a 19-point effort from Michael Martin. Sam Jenkins added 11 points for Catholic.

For Buffalo (0-12), Nathan Casto had a team-high seven points.

South Charleston 80, Nitro 64 - Despite a pair of 25-point performances from the Wildcats' Ian Lee and Meil Sallada, the Black Eagles proved to be too much for host Nitro Tuesday night, pulling away in the third quarter for a convincing win.

Brandon Knapper lead South Charleston scorers with 23 points, followed by Taymon Scruggs and Shalyan Mabry, each with 17. For Nitro, Lee's 25 points came from the Senior guard hitting six 3-pointers.

Scott 81, Herbert Hoover 67 - Eric May and Anthony Sigman had 21 points apiece for the Skyhawks (7-4) in a game that included a combined 17 3-pointers at Falling Rock.

The Skyhawks had six 3-pointers with five coming from May. The Huskies (3-7) had 26 field goals, with 11 of those coming from the 3-point arc. Brad Grose had 25 points to lead the Huskies while Matthew Justice contributed 11. Logan Webb and Patrick Underwood had 14 and 10 points for the Skyhawks.

Capital 81, Cabell Midland 55 - Capital's Jordan Kinney scored 19 to lead the Cougars over the Knights at Capital Tuesday. Following Kinney at the top of Capital's stat sheet were Miguel Bays with 13 points and LeAndre Rogers with 11.

In the loss, the Knights were lead by Marc Wilcox, who scored 15 points, followed by Cole Tilley with 12.

In girls play:

Teays Valley Christian 55, Elk Valley Christian 44 - Trailing by six at the half, the Lions used a 17-6 third quarter performance to pull away from the Eagles at Elk Valley Tuesday. Alicia Keyser lead Teays Valley scorers with 19 points, followed by Olivia Hill with 14 and Holly Edwards with 12. In the loss, Elk Valley was lead by Katie Burdette with 14 points, and Hannah Williams added 13.

Balanced GW boys win against Hurricane http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150120/DM03/150129897 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150120/DM03/150129897 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:57:56 -0500 By Chris Wade CHARLESTON, W.Va. - George Washington High School has leaned on standouts like Luke Eddy and Jon Elmore in recent years, but those players are part of Division I programs these days. The Patriots are using a more team-oriented approach this season.

That team concept was on display Tuesday night, as GW defeated Hurricane, 65-59, at home.

The Patriots improved to 8-3, while Hurricane dropped to 6-5 and had its four-game win streak snapped.

"That is the only way we are going to win," GW coach Rick Greene said. "Luke is at Elon and Jon is in Huntington. It is going to be much more balanced than a lot of the other teams we have had. We have good players and they are meshing together."

GW received contributions across the board with Jonah Cosby earning a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Dean scored a game-high 22 points, Drew Baker had 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and Justin Phillips had nine points and nine rebounds.

Greene likes the balance his Patriots are showing this season.

"We can go inside and out," Greene said. "We may not have that player-of-the-year-type guy, but we have balance and can score inside or outside. Teams have to guard us all over the floor. That is a tribute to the kids."

Cosby hadn't made a basket when the fourth quarter started with the teams tied at 43-43, but three consecutive field goals by the senior helped push GW's lead to as many as 10 points.

Cosby, a South Charleston transfer, was big for GW down the stretch. He also grabbed four of his 10 rebounds and hit his last six free throws in the final minutes. Thirteen of Cosby's 15 points came in the final quarter.

"Jonah was huge and that was what a senior is supposed to do," Greene said. "In the fourth quarter, he stepped up and played like a senior. I was really happy to see him have a game like that. It was good for him and obviously helps him as well."

Cosby knew his Patriots needed a spark, and was glad to be able to give them one.

"I just knew we needed something to boost us," Cosby said. "I turned it up and notch, got some rebounds, and knew scoring inside would help me get my game going. I knew my team would pick it up too."

Hurricane was led by Trey Dawson's 18-point, seven-rebound performance. Teammate J.T. Rogoszewski added 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks.

"With Trey and Rogo, that is as good as any dual set we will play," Greene said. "They are very good. It's a very big win and boost for us because of the respect we have for their players and coach (Lance) Sutherland."

The Redskins led 43-36 midway through the third quarter when a 14-0 GW run spanning the end of the third and start of the fourth helped the Patriots earn the home win.

Hurricane coach Lance Sutherland said GW was the hungrier team down the stretch.

"They wanted it more, plain and simple," Sutherland said. "They took it to us. We went up and they got after it and we didn't match it. We just kind of knelt down and took it. I thought we were getting better until tonight."

WVU's Bevin selected by Seattle Sounders in MLS SuperDraft http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150120/DM03/150129908 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150120/DM03/150129908 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:09:30 -0500 By Tom Bragg CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia University senior forward Andy Bevin was selected in the fourth round of Tuesday's Major League Soccer SuperDraft by the Seattle Sounders.

Bevin, a native of Napier, New Zealand, was the 80th overall selection Tuesday. During his senior season with the Mountaineers, Bevin led the team in goals (13), assists (8) and points 34 and was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. He finished his collegiate career No. 3 all-time at WVU with 19 assists, No. 5 in points with 81 and No. 7 in goals with 31.

"My goal when I arrived at West Virginia was to eventually play at the professional level and to get that chance is an unreal feeling," Bevin said in a press release. "I am thrilled to be chosen by one of the best organizations in the MLS and I can't wait to get started. I also would like to thank all of my teammates and the staff at West Virginia."

West Virginia men's soccer coach Marlon LeBlanc told WVUSports.com during a fall interview Bevin really established himself as a great player during his final two seasons in Morgantown after a bit of a slump earlier in his career.

"I think the biggest part of Andy's development has come in his consistency. His first year he took the Big East by storm in the first part of the season and then as people got to know who he was, he got marked tighter," LeBlanc said. "He went through a hiccup. In his sophomore year after spending the previous spring away trying to make the Olympic team, he hit a sophomore slump. Since then he has become a dependable player for us and the proof is in the pudding. He has developed into one of the top attacking players in the country and arguably the top-attacking senior in the country."

Bevin becomes the 10th WVU player to be drafted into professional soccer and the eighth since LeBlanc took over the program prior to the 2006 season. Ex-West Virginia players Ray Gaddis, Zach Johnson, Pat Carroll, Nick Noble, Devon McTavish, Adetoye Oshoniyi, Aaron Pitchkilan, Jarrod Smith and Dan Stratford have all spent time on MLS rosters.

"Seattle won the Supporters Shield in 2014, signifying them as the best team in the MLS over the course of the entire season," LeBlanc said in the press release. "With superstars such as Clint Dempsey, Osvaldo Alonso and Obafemi Martins, Andy will have the opportunity to learn from and play with some of the best in the league.

"Seattle had Andy on their radar for the last couple of years and we are very pleased that he's landed with arguably the best organization, with a great coaching staff and the gold standard for fandom in all of Major League Soccer."

Contact sportswriter Tom Bragg at tom.bragg@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4871. Follow him on Twitter @TomBraggSports.

Talent-laden Oak Hill Academy headlines Big Atlantic Classic http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150120/DM03/150129921 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150120/DM03/150129921 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:11:17 -0500


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Oak Hill Academy, the third-ranked team in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, will face Blue Ridge, Va. in the featured National boys basketball game at the Big Atlantic Classic being held Jan. 26-31 at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

The six-day tournament is bringing to Beckley middle school boys and girls teams as well as high school boys and girls teams participating beginning with a middle school boys game between Collins and Shady Spring at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26.

The prep action gets underway when Moorefield (6-3) faces Greater Beckley Christian (7-1), the second-ranked team in the Associated Press Class A Poll, at 7:25 p.m. on Monday.

The Classic's featured event is scheduled to take place at 7:20 p.m. on Jan. 28 with coach Steve Smith's Mouth of Wilson, Va.-based Oak Hill Academy (27-1) facing coach Bill Ramsey's Barons (11-2) of Blue Ridge Prep School in Dyke, Va., about 30 miles north of Charlottesville. Oak Hill's only loss of the season came on Jan. 10 when Hamilton (Memphis, Tenn.) earned an 87-76 victory at the American Residential Services Penny Hardaway Hoopfest in Memphis.

Talent-laden Oak Hill features five Class of 2015 Division I signees with 6-foot-10 pivot Daniel Giddens, an Ohio State recruit and Marietta, Ga., native; 6-6 Dwayne Bacon, a Florida State signee who was named the most valuable player at the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions on Saturday in Springfield, Mo.; 5-11 point guard Terrence Phillips, who has committed to Missouri; 6-4 shooting guard Joshua Reaves, who signed to play at Penn State; and 6-5 shooting guard Andrew Fleming, who will play his college basketball at Iowa. Oak Hill 6-7 junior power forward Joe Hampton has committed to Penn State.

Blue Ridge's roster includes 5-11 senior combo guard Noah Brooks, a native of Martinsburg. The Barons also feature 6-10 junior Mamadi Diakite, a native of West Africa. Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, Diakite has received offers from Georgetown, Louisville, Virginia and Washington.

"It's a real treat for the fans to be able to see those type teams play because they are phenomenal players and phenomenal basketball teams," Big Atlantic Classic director Jim Justice said. "We certainly welcome them. The Oak Hill team is always eager to come and always hospitable. The Blue Ridge team, we're excited they have a kid from within our state from Martinsburg. That's really special."

The Kanawha Valley will feature a pair of girls teams at the event with George Washington and St. Albans. The Patriots face Brooke at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29 and the Red Dragons, No. 9 in the AP Class AAA rankings, will take on Wyoming East, the top-ranked Class AA team.

The winner of those games will play in the girls championship at 7:20 p.m. on the tournament's final day, Saturday, Jan. 31.

See schedule below.

Big Atlantic Classic

Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center

Monday, Jan. 26

Session 1

Middle school boys - (A) Collins vs. Shady Spring, 1:30 p.m.

Middle school girls - (B) Beckley-Stratton vs. Shady Spring, 3 p.m.; (C) Eastern Greenbrier vs. Park, 4:30 p.m.

Session 2

Middle school boys - (D) Eastern Greenbrier vs. Beckley-Stratton, 5:45 p.m.

Class A boys - (1) Moorefield vs. Greater Beckley Christian, 7:25 p.m.; (2) Sherman vs. Gilmer County, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Session 3

Middle school boys - (E) Winner game A vs. Park, 3:15 p.m.; Loser game A vs. loser game D, 4:30 p.m.

Session 4

Middle school girls consolation - (G) Loser game B vs. loser game C, 5:45 p.m.

Class AA boys - (3) Wyoming East vs. Westside, 7:25 p.m.; (4) Liberty-Raleigh vs. Scott, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Session 5

Middle school girls championship - (H) Winner game B vs. winner game C, 1 p.m.

Middle school boys championship - (I) Winner game E vs. winner game D, 2:30 p.m.

Class A boys consolation - (5) Loser game 1 vs. loser game 2, 3:45 p.m.

Session 6

Class AA boys consolation - (6) Loser game 3 vs. loser game 4, 5:30 p.m.

National boys - (7) Oak Hill Academy vs. Blue Ridge, 7:20 p.m.

Girls - (8) Morgantown vs. Huntington, 9 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Session 7

Girls - (9) Brooke vs. George Washington, 4 p.m.; (10) Wyoming East vs. St. Albans, 5:45 p.m.

Class A boys championship - (11) Winner game 1 vs. winner game 2, 7:25 p.m.

Girls - (12) Greenbrier East vs. Oak Hill, 9 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

Session 8

Girls consolation - (13) Loser game 9 vs. loser game 10, 2 p.m.

Class AAA boys - (14) Parkersburg South vs. Princeton, 4 p.m.

Session 9

Class AAA boys - (15) Shady Spring vs. Martinsburg, 5:40 p.m.; (16) Greenbrier East vs. Hampshire, 7:20 p.m.; (17) Woodrow Wilson vs. Washington, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Session 10

Girls consolation - (18) Loser game 12 vs. loser game 8, 9 a.m.

Class AAA consolation - (19) Loser game 14 vs. loser game 15, 10:40 a.m.; (20) Loser game 16 vs. loser game 17, 12:20 p.m.

Class AA championship - (21) Winner game 3 vs. winner game 4, 2 p.m.

Session 11

Girls championship - (22) Winner game 12 vs. winner game 8, 4 p.m.

Class AAA championship - (23) Winner game 14 vs. winner game 15, 5:40 p.m.

Girls championship - (24) Winner game 9 vs. winner game 10, 7:20 p.m.

Game 25 - Winner game 16 vs. winner game 17, 9 p.m.

Capital's Kinney receives football offers from MEC schools http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150120/DM03/150129947 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150120/DM03/150129947 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:54:18 -0500


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Capital senior two-sport star Jordan Kinney, who was named the most valuable player of the Class AAA state football championship game in December, has received scholarship offers from Mountain East Conference teams West Virginia State, Glenville State, Shepherd and Concord, his father J.R. confirmed on Monday.

Kinney, a 6-foot-4 wide receiver/defensive back for the football team and a guard on the Capital basketball squad, finished with six receptions for 140 yards and a Super Six record-tying four touchdown catches in Capital's 55-15 victory over South Charleston. He also had an interception on defense.

For the season, Kinney finished with 33 catches for 733 yards and 10 scores.

West Virginia State, under second-year coach Jon Anderson, finished 2-9 last season, but added former George Washington and West Virginia University wide receiver John Pennington as its offensive coordinator.

Glenville State finished 5-6 last season, while Shepherd was 8-2 and Concord (13-0), the MEC regular-season champion, reached the NCAA Division II national semifinals

Watson leads Hurricane girls past Cabell Midland http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150119/DM03/150119172 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150119/DM03/150119172 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:02:05 -0500



HURRICANE, W.Va. - Senior Abby Watson overcame a difficult shooting night to lift the Hurricane girls basketball team past upset-minded Cabell Midland on Monday night.

Watson finished with a game-high 33 points on 11-of-34 shooting, manufacturing the bulk of her output in the second half when the Redskins needed a spark, helping Hurricane escape with a 59-57 victory.

"I told (Watson) to keep her composure, to not let them get the best of her; shoot with confidence," Redskins assistant coach Austin Lowe said. "I told her that three or four times at halftime. I said 'Don't worry about the last one, make the next one.' The second half, she really turned it on."

Watson missed 11 consecutive shots across the second and third quarters, but scored eight straight points in the fourth quarter to provide Hurricane a 57-50 advantage with 2:38 remaining in the game.

"Shooter's got to have a short memory," Watson said. "Make one, miss one, it's on to the next no matter what."

With its largest lead of the game in hand, Hurricane (10-1) looked to finish strong, but Midland (4-5) refused to go quietly.

Knights guard Morgan Bennett hit a 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds remaining to pull Midland within two points. A Hurricane turnover on the ensuing inbound gave the Knights the ball with 6.2 seconds left under their own basket.

After a timeout, Midland inbounded the ball to center McKenna Adkins, who kicked the ball to the right corner. Junior guard Haley Haggerty sized up an open 3-point shot, but the ball missed, bouncing off the rim to Hurricane's Mary Rogoszewski, who corralled the rebound as time expired.

"Going into that last timeout, we decided we were going to go for the win, not the tie," Midland coach Matt Adkins said. "We executed the play that we wanted. One of our best shooters had the shot. I put the ball in her hands. (If) the state tournament were on the line, she would have it. Nothing to hold our heads down about."

Midland led 50-49 with 4:17 to play in the game following back-to-back baskets in the paint by McKenna Adkins.

At that point, Watson came alive with eight consecutive points, twice scoring on a 3-point shot from the right corner, and in between she dribbled the length of the floor in transition for a layup. Following Watson's outburst, Hurricane led 57-50.

"I think (Watson) missed eight straight shots, three or four straight free throws, but she collected herself and gathered herself the second half," Lowe said. "We came out and put the ball in her hands, and she won it for us there at the end. She played good."

Watson shot 5-of-19 from the field and 4-of-10 from the free throw line in the first half.

Hurricane led by as many as eight following five consecutive points from Rogoszewski midway through the second quarter. Watson was fouled on a missed 3-point attempt and had an opportunity to extend the lead to double digits for the Redskins, but she missed on each of her three free throw attempts.

"I wasn't shooting foul shots really well, so I had to really concentrate on making my shots or dishing out to other players who could make their shots," Watson said.

Despite her struggles, Watson carried the load offensively for Hurricane in the first half, with a game-high 15 points. Meanwhile, Midland spread its points across its lineup, with eight players contributing at least one field goal in the opening half.

The Knights closed the first half on a 10-2 run to tie the contest at 31 entering halftime.

"Everybody that came in gave us productive minutes, not just minutes, but productive minutes," Matt Adkins said. "When they were out there, they produced."

McKenna Adkins led the Knights with 12 points, while Haggerty finished with 11 points and seven assists.

In addition to Watson's game-high points, she tallied a game-high in rebounds (15), too. Hurricane's Rogoszewski, a freshman, also reached double figures offensively with 16 points, including 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, to go with nine rebounds.

Hurricane next plays at South Charleston 7:30 p.m. Friday, while Midland plays host to Nitro 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Buffalo boys not panicking despite 0-11 start http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150119/DM03/150119173 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150119/DM03/150119173 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:00:21 -0500 By Rich Stevens CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Buffalo High School boys basketball coach Chuck Elkins came across one of his former players as the Bison were enduring a winless start to the 2014-15 season.

The player was Andrew Cochran, who graduated in 2004 after four seasons in Elkins' system.

"We talked about the one year we were 3-20 and came back and won 18 games the next season," said the 63-year-old Elkins, who is in his 37th season as head coach of the Bison. "I can remember 15-20 years ago before that when we were 1-19."

Buffalo did finish with only three victories during the 2002-03 season, but bounced back with an 18-6 record a year later, earning Elkins the Daily Mail's Putnam County Coach of the Year award.

The message is that there is no reason for the 0-11 Bison to panic.

The Bison will seek their first win with a visit from Charleston Catholic on Tuesday, which marks another day that Elkins will likely find himself tinkering with his lineup.

"I would like to see somebody's scouting report on us, like them saying 'you have to stop this guy,'" said Elkins, who has 427 career victories. "That would be that particular game, not the two games before that.

"We're so young, every day is basically a tryout. I don't think I've started the same five guys in any game yet."

The team's only senior, point guard Austin Hensley, has led or tied for the team lead in scoring in six of Buffalo's 11 games.

The others were sophomore Logan Hunt with 17 at Symmes Valley, Ohio and nine vs. Valley-Fayette; sophomore Jarrett Bailey with 11, along with Hensley, at Lincoln County; freshman Ethan Burgess with 22 at Sherman and junior Ty Smith with 14 against Midland Trail.

Buffalo's 16-player roster has three freshmen, six sophomores, six juniors and Hensley, the lone senior.

The Bison have been close to getting that first win, including a three-point loss to Sherman, a seven-point defeat against Midland Trail and a seven-point defeat at Doddridge County.

"We lost at Sherman and missed 14 foul shots," he said. "We go to Doddridge, get beat by seven and only have nine turnovers but get outrebounded by 20. Another night, we were ahead in the third quarter and had 11 turnovers in the quarter."

Elkins is still looking for the one player who will be a "go-to" guy and help get his team out of its slump, which has reached 13 games and dates to Feb. 26, 2014 when the Bison earned its last victory, 89-53, over Hannan.

"Most good teams can look to somebody that's going to produce a certain amount of points within reason every night," he said. "We haven't had that. Just in the last couple of years we've had three or four guys in double figures every night. Now, we don't know who is going to score."


FIRST-YEAR NITRO coach Garrett Burdette is happy with the progress of his team, despite its current six-game losing streak going into Tuesday's visit from unbeaten South Charleston (12-0), the No. 1 team in the Associated Press Class AAA Poll.

"We lost our last four games by no more than 13 points," said Burdette, referring to an eight-point loss to Parkersburg, a 13-point loss to Capital, a one-point overtime loss to Riverside and a 10-point defeat to George Washington. "We were within six of Capital and within six of GW with two minutes left. We had a 10-point lead in the fourth against Parkersburg and had a 3 to tie it up with 20 seconds to go.

"We're just not able to finish right now, but we're on the right path."

The Wildcats (2-9) have played the last five games without their best player, guard Trevon Taylor, who was suspended for disciplinary reasons. Taylor scored 47 points in a 79-73 win over Ripley, which remains the highest single-game total of any player in the Kanawha Valley this season.


LEARNING TO finish is what Herbert Hoover and second-year coach Josh Daniel are trying to accomplish.

The Huskies are 4-6, "up and down" Daniel said, but he's trying to keep his team's confidence up.

"Last year we only won six games (6-17) and I had a couple kids who could shoot it a little bit," said Daniel, speaking of Matt Justice and Noah Toops. "We snuck up on people, but my two leading scorers are back and they're not sneaking up on anybody, they're being guarded differently."

Justice is averaging 14.5 points per game and Toops is at 10.1. The Huskies have received help from 6-foot-6 Capital High School transfer Brad Grose, who averages a team-leading 20.9 points. However, Grose missed the 52-35 loss to Clay County because of disciplinary reasons - Hoover shot 15 percent from the floor in that game - and Hoover's other transfer from Capital, Wes Berry, is recovering from a broken hand.

"These kids, we talk about learning how to win," Daniel said. "A lot of these kids haven't had a lot of success in basketball. When you have success, you have to realize why you're having success. If you have a lead late in a game, instead of just trying to hold on, you have to finish games. Our biggest thing is finishing games."

Hoover hosts Scott on Tuesday. The Skyhawks are 6-4 with the losses coming to unbeaten Poca (12-0), Mingo Central and twice to Westside (8-1).

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstevens@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4837. Follow him on Twitter @richdailymail

Woodrow Wilson boys hold off Spring Valley; Sherman, Poca girls victorious http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150119/DM03/150119187 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150119/DM03/150119187 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:22:40 -0500


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Spring Valley's Jacob Kilgore poured in 18 of his 36 points during a fourth quarter rally for the Timberwolves, but the hosts fell to Woodrow Wilson 69-67 in a Mountain State Athletic Conference meeting in Huntington.

The Flying Eagles (9-0), second-ranked in the Associated Press Class AAA Poll, received 14 points each from Brent Osborne and Malyk Fowlkes. Noah Hancock and Tarek Payne added 12 and 11 respectively for coach Ron Kidd's team.

Greg Herbert had 16 points for Spring Valley (6-4).

In girls action:

Sherman 54, Teays Valley Christian 48 - Kendra Pannell notched a double-double with 27 points and 16 rebounds to lead Sherman over Teays Valley Christian (9-4) in Seth.

Sarah Massey also added 17, while Jordan Lewis chipped in with 11 as the two combined for five 3-point shots for the Tide (5-3).

In the loss, Elisha Keiser and Holly Edwards each scored 16 points with Olivia Hill adding 12 for the visitors.

Poca 45, Scott 35 - McKenzie Ball had 23 points and the Dots (6-7) pulled away in the fourth quarter to win at Madison.

Andrea Rankin had 17 points and Landon McKinney 15 for the Skyhawks (3-9).

Morgantown, Wyoming East, St. Joseph top girls basketball polls http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150119/DM03/150119194 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150119/DM03/150119194 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:52:50 -0500


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Unbeaten Morgantown lost one first-place vote from last week, but maintained the top spot in the Associated Press Class AAA girls basketball poll released on Monday.

Coach Gary Greene's South Charleston squad remained undefeated, stealing one of the Mohigans' first-place votes, although the top three spots - Morgantown, South Charleston and Parkersburg South respectively - remained unchanged.

In Class AA, much has changed with Wyoming East moving up two spots to overtake the No. 1 spot from previously unbeaten North Marion. Fairmont Senior, despite going 2-0 last week, dropped to No. 3 behind the Huskies. Once-beaten Sissonville stayed at No. 6 after going 3-0 during the week.

Six-time defending Class A champion St. Joseph is No. 1 in the small school rankings with eight of a possible nine first-place votes. The Charleston Catholic girls moved up three spots to No. 6 after a 2-0 week that included an upset of Class AAA Greenbrier East.

Associated Press Poll

The Associated Press high school girls basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:

Class AAA

Team Record Pts Prv

1. Morgantown (8) 10-0 88 1

2. South Charleston (1) 12-0 80 2

3. Parkersburg South 11-2 75 3

4. Logan 10-2 56 5

5. Huntington 10-1 53 4

6. Spring Valley 8-3 43 6

7. Hurricane 9-1 31 9

8. Greenbrier East 10-2 26 7

9. St. Albans 7-3 21 8

10. Buckhannon-Upshur 8-3 8 NR

Others receiving votes: 8, Jefferson 5, Parkersburg 5, George Washington 2, Martinsburg 2.

Class AA

Team Record Pts Prv

1. Wyoming East (3) 12-0 78 3

2. North Marion (4) 9-1 75 1

3. Fairmont Senior (2) 11-2 74 2

4. Summers County 10-1 63 4

5. Keyser 12-0 62 5

6. Sissonville 11-1 47 6

7. Clay County 10-3 25 8

8. PikeView 8-2 18 7

9. Bridgeport 9-3 17 NR

10. Ravenswood 11-1 13 NR

Others receiving votes: Bluefield 11, Lincoln 5, Herbert Hoover 4, Braxton County 1, Mount View 1, Robert C. Byrd 1.

Class A

Team Record Pts Prv

1. St. Joseph Central (8) 7-3 89 1

2. Wheeling Central (1) 9-1 82 2

3. Williamstown 11-2 70 4

4. Tucker County 9-2 64 3

5. Pocahontas County 10-4 42 5

6. Charleston Catholic 4-7 35 9

7. Clay-Battelle 9-3 29 6

8. Gilmer County 8-4 24 7

9. Notre Dame 8-4 17 8

(tie) Trinity 7-5 17 NR

Others receiving votes: Meadow Bridge 16, St. Marys 4, Parkersburg Catholic 3, Magnolia 2, Fayetteville 1.

South Charleston, Poca and Magnolia remain No. 1 in boys rankings http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150119/DM03/150119199 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150119/DM03/150119199 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:21:28 -0500


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Magnolia gained four more first-place votes than last week to maintain the top spot in the Associated Press Class A boys basketball rankings released on Monday.

The first-place teams remained unchanged with the Blue Eagles (8-1) sitting at No. 1 in the small school poll, unbeaten South Charleston (10-0) No. 1 in Class AAA and undefeated Poca (10-0) No. 1 in double-A.

In Class AAA, Morgantown moved up two spots to No. 3, sliding past Parkersburg South (8-1) and Huntington (8-2), both of which lost last week.

In double-A, unbeaten Fairmont Senior (11-0) slipped past Westside into third place behind No. 2 Bridgeport, despite the Renegades going 2-0 last week. The Sissonville boys moved into the Class AA rankings, sliding into No. 10.

Greater Beckley Christian moved past Wheeling Central for the No. 2 spot in Class A.

Associated Press Poll

The Associated Press high school boys basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and total points:

Class AAA

Team Record Pts Prv

1. South Charleston (8) 10-0 89 1

2. Woodrow Wilson (1) 8-0 81 2

3. Morgantown 9-1 62 5

4. Parkersburg South 8-1 57 3

5. Huntington 8-2 45 4

6. Greenbrier East 8-1 42 6

7. Capital 7-3 31 7

8. Preston 9-2 25 8

9. Wheeling Park 6-4 17 NR

10. Logan 6-1 14 10

Others receiving votes: George Washington 11, Martinsburg 10, Hurricane 7, Hampshire 2, Jefferson 2.

Class AA

Team Record Pts Prv

1. Poca (9) 10-0 90 1

2. Bridgeport 8-0 79 2

3. Fairmont Senior 11-0 71 4

4. Westside 9-1 66 3

5. Lincoln 9-0 47 9

6. Mingo Central 9-4 34 5

7. Ravenswood 8-2 30 T7

8. Robert C. Byrd 4-4 29 6

9. Scott 6-4 22 T7

10. Sissonville 8-3 15 NR

Others receiving votes: Grafton 9, PikeView 2, Wyoming East 1.

Class A

Team Record Pts Prv

1. Magnolia (8) 8-1 89 1

2. Greater Beckley Christian 7-1 71 3

3. Wheeling Central 9-2 70 2

4. Gilmer County 8-0 59 4

5. Bishop Donahue 8-1 50 7

6. Notre Dame 7-4 34 5

7. Williamstown 8-1 32 10

8. Charleston Catholic 8-3 25 6

9. Valley Fayette 7-2 20 9

10. Tucker County 8-3 17 8

Others receiving votes: Tug Valley 16, St. Marys 8, Saint Joseph Central 4.

Charleston Catholic girls won-loss record is deceiving http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150118/DM03/150119227 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150118/DM03/150119227 Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:52:32 -0500 By Derek Taylor CHARLESTON, W.Va. - As Greenbrier East and Pocahontas County can attest, Charleston Catholic's won-loss record in girls basketball is something of a misnomer.

The Irish entered last week with a 2-7 mark, but ran the Class AAA No. 7 Spartans out of the gym at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Complex by a 49-32 count last Tuesday. Catholic then make the trek to Dunmore to face the Class A No. 5 Warriors on Friday.

Catholic won, 43-36.

"Honestly, I didn't think we'd start 1-7 or whatever we started, but I wanted to play some games that would challenge us early in the season and make us better for February and March," Catholic coach Zack Bogan said Sunday. "We wanted to be in games in close situations like we'd find ourselves if we made it to the state tournament."

Catholic is ranked ninth in the Associated Press Class A poll, a good indicator that the Irish's schedule has gained some attention from writers across the state. Though Catholic's first two wins came at the expense of Parkersburg Catholic, Bogan's team racked up two losses to Class AAA No. 9 Hurricane, Class A No. 1 St. Joseph, Class AA No. 6 Sissonville as well as losses against Class AA Bridgeport, Class AAA Nitro and Ironton St. Joe, Ohio.

Bridgeport, though unranked a week ago, is 9-3 and knocked off top-ranked North Marion last Wednesday.

"We're still learning how to play with each other," Bogan said.

That evolution is likely to continue throughout the season given that the team's leading scorer, 6-foot-1 senior Catherine Bandak, missed each of the last two seasons with knee injuries. Her return to the court has caused a domino effect in the Irish lineup that has freed 5-11 sophomore Vida Imani to become more of an offensive threat, Bogan said.

Bandak is averaging 13.6 points per game, while Imani, a forward, averages 11.7.

"It's allowed (Imani) to attack the basket a little more," said Bogan, who noted that the return of Bandak and the emergence of 5-11 junior Regan Palmer have given the Irish a solid presence in the paint a year after Imani was tasked to play center in Bandak's absence.

"It's creating a situation where teams have to put their best defender on her, and of course that's going to give us opportunities elsewhere," Bogan said. "She's bigger than most guards and faster than most forwards, so it's worked out well."

Catholic plays at winless Buffalo (0-11) on Wednesday and then plays host to No. 2 Wheeling Central (10-1) on Friday and Linsly at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday.

Bogan said the wins against East and Pocahontas were beneficial and much-needed for the sake of confidence, but that the Irish still have a long way to go.

"We can't get complacent after a couple big wins," he said. "We need to continue to build on what we've been doing. We're creating shots but we need to work on finishing better if we want to reach our goal of winning a state championship."

n n n

SOUTH CHARLESTON and Parkersburg South will clash in Parkersburg on Tuesday in a rematch of the second-ranked Black Eagles (12-0) and the No. 3 Patriots (11-2).

SC beat South 76-62 at the South Charleston Community Center on Dec. 27, but the Patriots were without leading scorer and two-time All-State shooting guard Keya Bartlett. Bartlett has since returned from an ankle injury that sidelined her earlier in the year and led South with 18 points Saturday in a 87-32 win over Brooke.

In fact, the Patriots' win over the Bruins was a landmark occasion for the program, as Bartlett broke South's all-time steals record formerly held by Ashley Dunn. Bartlett, a senior, broke Dunn's record of 236 career steals.

Junior point guard Taryn McCutcheon also entered the school's record book in the win. McCutcheon, who committed to Michigan State following her freshman year, became Parkersburg South's all-time assists leader regardless of gender, breaking the record formerly owned by her mother, Deana Smith McCutcheon, which was 457 assists.

SC is currently led by junior forward Taliah Cashwell, who averages 16.4 points per game. Sophomore point guard Aaliyah Dunham averages 13 points.

n n n

CLAY COUNTY, which was ranked eighth in last week's Class AA poll, might not fly under the radar much longer after its emphatic 53-31 win at No. 6 Sissonville (10-2) on Saturday.

The Panthers (11-2) got a game-high 17 points from senior point guard McKinzee Barker in the win, but perhaps more importantly held Sissonville top-scorer Madison Jones to 11 points, which was 10 points fewer than her season average entering the game.

Clay's two losses came to Class A No. 2 Wheeling Central by four points in Williamstown's holiday tournament on Dec. 13, and by 21 points to Class AA No. 4 Summers County on Dec. 21 during the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hoops Classic at the Charleston Civic Center. The Panthers have won seven in a row, but the win over the Indians was their second victory against a ranked opponent. Clay beat No. 10 Herbert Hoover (9-4) 58-46 on Jan. 6 at home.

Contact Preps Editor Derek Taylor at derek.taylor@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsreallyDT.

Bays' timely free-throw shooting lifts Capital past GW http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150117/DM03/150119301 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150117/DM03/150119301 Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:55:52 -0500 By Derek Taylor CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Capital's depth finally paid off in a big game Saturday night, as junior Miguel Bays came off the bench late in the fourth quarter then scored six of the Cougars' 13 points in overtime in a 66-62 win against rival George Washington at Capital High School.

Bays finished with eight points and four rebounds, but the starter spent much of the second half on the bench after missing his first five shots from the floor.

When he re-entered, Bays provided a crucial element to what became Capital's seventh win in 10 games this season. He was able to make 4-of-5 shots from the foul line in the extra period. Other than Bays, the Cougars were a paltry 9-of-23 from the line in the win.

"It was going through my mind that I had to come through for my team," Bays said. "We've been practicing every day on our free throws, an hour before and after (practice).

"I just had to come back because I was playing bad the whole game," Bays said. "I sat down and came back out. I had to get my mind right. I went in there, took a couple deep breaths and shot them."

The importance of free-throw shooting by Capital - and Bays - was underscored by the fact the Cougars needed overtime to win a game in which GW turned the ball over 22 times to Capital's seven. The Cougars led by as many as 44-32 with three minutes left in the third quarter but GW was able to chip away at the lead through a combination of Capital's inability to convert at the line and the Capital's tendency to follow the Patriots' lead in slowing down the pace of the game. Though GW never led, senior Jonah Cosby's impressive assist to Larry Bryson for an easy bucket tied the game at 48-48 with 3:32 left in regulation, an event that brought both visiting and home stands to life and provide some atmosphere to what had previously been a low-key game.

Capital rebuilt its lead to three at 52-49 with 1:44 left on a acrobatic take from Aalik Harris, but after another 1-of-2 trip to the line - this time from Leandre Rogers with 33 seconds left in regulation, the door was open for GW freshman guard Justin Phillips to tie the game with 14 seconds left, setting the stage for what would make Bays' showing in overtime even more noteworthy.

Capital's Dallas King went to the line for two shots with 2.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter. King missed both attempts, leading to overtime.

Cougars coach Carl Clark said that while his team did what it wanted defensively, it let too many opportunities go by.

"We weren't able to capitalize on a lot of the steals we had," Clark said. The Cougars had 11 steals by eight players, with no player having more than two.

"Steals are good when you can capitalize on them," Clark said. "Otherwise you're spinning your wheels. But it kept them off-balance, and it was good. It was a good game."

George Washington coach Rick Greene added that while he thinks the Patriots came up short, there were numerous silver linings in the loss.

"We're just not ready for that yet. (We made) just too many mistakes," Greene said. "Their defense is going to cause you to turn it over because they're really good, and then you can't have those unforced turnovers. So that's the main thing.

"I'm really disappointed we lost, but I didn't think we did a lot of things well and we were still in the game, so that part's encouraging," Greene said.

Capital senior Jordan Kinney avoided the foul trouble that Clark had recently bemoaned for his star player, and finished with 13 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two blocked shots. He shared the team scoring lead with Rogers, while Harris finished with 12 points, four boards and two steals.

"He contributes in so many other areas," Clark said of Kinney in reference to the fact that the senior shot just 4-of-11.

"In games where he gets in foul trouble we either lost or struggled to stay in the game. He's a big part of what we do," Clark said.

Phillips led GW with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Anthony Dean added 16 points and Bryson finished with 10.

Contact Preps Editor Derek Taylor at derek.taylor@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsreallyDT.


George Washington (7-3)

Jonah Cosby 2-10 4-8 8, Anthony Dean 5-7 5-5 16, Larry Bryson 4-8 2-3 10, D.J. Staples 1-5 1-1 3, Justin Phillips 8-13 0-2 18, Drew Baker 3-5 0-0 7, Ben Arthur 0-1 0-0 0, Matt Cook 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 23-49 12-19 62.

Capital (7-3)

Jordan Kinney 4-11 3-6 13, Miguel Bays 1-6 6-7 8, Neil Williams 4-9 1-2 9, Leandre Rogers 5-6 3-4 13, Aalik Harris 5-14 0-3 12, Tyler Hurd 2-3 0-0 5, Tyrell Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Dorian Etheridge 0-3 0-2 0, Dallas King 1-3 2-4 4, Bryce Goldsmith 1-1 0-0 2, Khalil Adkins 0-1 0-0 0, Totals 21-58 15-30 66.

George Washington 8 17 11 9 - 62

Capital 11 19 16 7 13 - 66

3-point goals: GW - Phillips 2, Dean, Baker; Capital - Kinney 2, Harris 2, Hurd; Rebounds: GW 41 (Cosby 13), Capital 34 (Kinney 9); Assists: GW 9 (Cosby 4), Capital 12 (Kinney 9); Steals: GW 3 (Staples, Dean, Arthur), Capital 11 (Kinney 2, Harris 2, Davis 2); Blocks: GW 2 (Cosby, Bryson), Capital 3 (Kinney 2); Total fouls: GW 20, Capital 19; Fouled out: Etheridge, Bryson; Turnovers: GW 22, Capital 7.

Poca gets decisive hoops win over Mingo Central http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150117/DM03/150119324 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150117/DM03/150119324 Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:43:53 -0500 By Chris Wade There is only one ball to go around for No. 1 ranked Poca.

Fortunately for the Dots, that doesn't seem to be a problem as there was more than enough passing to share the wealth on Friday night.

In a battle of ranked teams, Poca players were assisting each other all night as its balance led to a dominant 70-47 victory over Mingo Central at home in front of a packed house.

In the first half alone that saw Poca lead 33-16, the Dots had assisted on 11 of their 13 teams baskets. In all, the Dots had 20 assists on 26 field goals and committed just four turnovers.

"When we run our offense like that, we can be very effective," Poca coach Allen Osborne said. "We shared the ball, found the open man, and played well offensively. We shot the ball good, passed it well, screened, and cut. They are very unselfish."

Poca shot 51 percent from the floor (26-for-51), 50 percent from 3-point range (6 of 12), and 86 percent from the foul line (12 of 14).

Mingo Central coach Brad Napier had high praise for the Dots.

"Poca is probably the best high school basketball team I have ever seen at passing the ball, cutting and moving," Napier said. "They are just so smart and make you pay for any mistake you make."

While names such as Noah Frampton and Luke Frampton, along with Elijah Cuffee, get most of the recognition for the Dots, Poca has much more than those three standouts.

Kaden Meeks showed that against the Miners, coming off the bench to score the second-most points on the Dots with 15 behind Noah Frampton's game-high 23. Meeks, a junior point guard, also added six assists and five rebounds for Poca.

"Kaden gave us a big lift," Osborne said. "He came in and hit some threes, drove the ball to the basket, and found the open man. He was solid tonight and played well. He is a good, solid player."

After Mingo Central led 8-4, the Dots closed out the first quarter with a 8-0 run to take the lead, and were never threatened after. It was keyed by Meeks, who hit a 3-pointer and had two assists in the stretch.

The second quarter was all Poca, which outscored the Miners 21-8 to take a commanding 17-point lead into halftime, and that was as close as Mingo Central would get the rest of the night.

Meeks was just happy to contribute on a team full of standout players.

"I don't think I have had a great season, but it was nice to come out and hit some shots," he said. "I have their backs. My team has really picked me up and tonight it showed. It really boosted my confidence a lot."

Meeks was impressed with the assist total.

"We have played together since middle school and know each other and each other's games," Meeks said. "The assists are really impressive and shows what kind of chemistry we have. It is really fun out there."

Meeks knows having players like the Framptons, along with Cuffee, helps the others as well.

"It is great because you can find them and they make shots," Meeks said. "It helps a lot because it gives us less attention and makes us more available for shots. Everyone can score on this team."

Noah Frampton had a game-high 23 points, Cuffee delivered 14 points and seven rebounds despite being in foul trouble, and Luke Frampton had 10 points and six boards.

For Mingo Central, Dikembe Dixson had a monster game, scoring 18 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and blocking four shots.

Charleston Catholic girls blitz Greenbrier East http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150115/DM03/150119428 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150115/DM03/150119428 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:20:19 -0500 By Rich Stevens CHARLESTON, W.Va. - With speed to burn and a passion that even Greenbrier East coach Jim Justice acknowledged, the Charleston Catholic girls basketball team blitzed the Class AAA Spartans 49-32 on Thursday night at the Charleston Catholic Athletic Complex.

Eight wins separated the teams, with the Irish entering at 2-7 and ninth in the Associated Press Class A Poll and Greenbrier East sitting at 10-1 and No. 7 in the big school rankings.

None of that mattered when the Irish's mighty-mite backcourt and talented and athletic Catherine Bandak and Vida Imani continually frustrated the Spartan guards, who were a step behind.

That meant Greenbrier East couldn't exploit the one area that the Irish were at a disadvantage - size.

Spartan senior forward Sydney Nunley - who is listed at 6-foot-5 on the roster - was limited to five baskets in 10 attempts for 16 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots. The Radford signee had limited opportunities.

"She's 6-5, Division I basketball player," Charleston Catholic second-year coach Zack Bogan said. "It's impossible to keep her from scoring, she's so big and to make her work for everything it kind of takes them out of their rhythm. Everything they do plays through her, her kicking it back out, her getting layups, so we made it tough on her and made it tough on their guards making the entry passes."

Bandak, a senior who has recovered from anterior cruciate ligament tears in both knees during her career, was tasked with handling Nunley.

"She's a really good player," Bandak said. "You just have to box out and rebound. It's all about hustle."

Charleston Catholic's defensive effort in the backcourt, as well, was relentless. Overall, the Irish forced East into 34 turnovers with 19 in the first half.

"When you have the guards we have, they're so fast and they play soccer, it definitely helps," Bandak said.

Still, Catholic held only a 20-18 halftime lead.

Back-to-back buckets from Nunley opened the second half and gave East its third lead of the game. She averaged 15.4 points, 17 rebounds and five blocked shots.

"It's like we lost our intensity," Nunley said. "We couldn't pass the ball ... we just couldn't do it anymore, I don't know why. Their quickness helped them a lot, but our intensity level, it just went downhill."

Sophomore Vida Imani followed that sequence with a 3-pointer and two free throws for a 25-22 Irish lead. She followed her second free throw at the 5:41 mark of the third with a steal, followed by a Maddie Blaydes basket and Catholic wouldn't trail again.

"You ever seen anything like it?" said Justice, whose team hasn't been held to 32 or fewer points since a 57-31 defeat to Wyoming East on Feb. 20, 2010. "This sounds terrible, but I'm happy for Charleston Catholic. They played a nice game. Their kids had enthusiasm and passion about what they were doing. They deserved to win. They just beat the fire out of us."

Imani's second 3-pointer pushed the lead to seven with 2:56 left in the third and Peyton Mullen, who had nine steals, seven points, five rebounds and four assists, scored for a nine-point lead. In the next 1:39, the Spartans called two timeouts. A Raegan Palmer baseline shot at the third-period buzzer expanded the lead to 13.

The lead reached 18 when Caroline Dundervill, one of the players on this season's Catholic state championship soccer team, assisted on a Bandak basket and the Irish's largest lead of the game at 46-28. Another Greenbrier East timeout with three minutes left didn't matter. Mullen hit a free throw and a basket and both teams cleared their benches in the final minute.

Imani was the only Catholic player in double figures with 15 points, but she added six rebounds, two blocked shots and two of the Irish's 21 steals. Dundervill and Bandak had five steals apiece as Catholic continually flustered the Spartans.

"I didn't think we played that well in the first half," said Bogan, who has a 22-13 career record and guided the Irish to the state tournament last year. "The second half was a lot better. The chaos was a little bit more organized."

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstevens@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-4837. Follow him on Twitter @richdailymail.

Balanced scoring leads No. 2 Woodrow Wilson boys past Winfield http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150115/DM03/150119429 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150115/DM03/150119429 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:18:11 -0500



WINFIELD, W.Va. - Four players reached double figures offensively for Woodrow Wilson to lift the visiting Flying Eagles to victory Thursday night over Winfield.

Woodrow, ranked No. 2 in Class AAA, utilized a team effort offensively to manufacture a 77-58 win against the Generals.

"It's a collective effort, and that's the way we have to be with this team," Flying Eagles coach Ron Kidd said. "We don't have a superstar. We just have a good team on offense and defense."

Senior point guard Corey Acord narrowly missed reaching double digits offensively, with eight points, but led Woodrow (8-0) against Winfield (4-6) by dishing eight assists and spreading the opportunities to his teammates.

"We don't really have one big-time scorer," Acord said. "We've got a lot of guys that average probably 10, 12 points a game, and that's how we get a lot of our points. We don't really have one guy that scores 25, 30 points."

Starters Malyk Fowlkes (15), Tarek Payne (14) and Noah Hancock (11) each reached double figures, with Steven Beasley contributing 11 points off the bench.

Kidd said he feels comfortable with Acord at the helm and trusts Acord to make the right passes.

"He's a senior and he's doing a great job," Kidd said, "and that's why we're undefeated at this point, by his play, because our system is built on our point guard."

For Acord, he said he's happy controlling the ball and looking to find his open teammates.

"I know that I can get a lot of assists out of that," he said. "We have a lot options. We don't have that one guy, but we have a lot of guys that score. I know as a point guard, I just try to control everything and get us some points."

The Flying Eagles led 37-30 at halftime, but increased their lead steadily through the second half.

Facing an up-tempo squad in Woodrow, the pace did not favor Winfield's game, Generals coach Bryan England said.

"The way we have to play is kind of a slower style of basketball," he said. "We can't get up and run up and down the court with teams like Beckley. I thought we did a decent job of that, trying to play more our pace.

"We just had some breakdowns defensively, and offensively, we had one of the lower-percentage shooting nights in a while."

Winfield finished 20-of-73 from the field. Brent Osburn paced the Generals with 19 points, while Bear Bellomy finished with 18.

Though Woodrow eventually pulled away in the second half, following a closer first two quarters, Acord said the Flying Eagles expect every team's best effort this season.

"We have Beckley across our chests, so we know every game is going to be tough," he said. "We really see how every game is really tough for us."

Winfield next plays host to Logan at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, while Woodrow plays host to Logan at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Prep roundup: Winfield girls win on the road http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150115/DM03/150119430 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150115/DM03/150119430 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:17:28 -0500


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Senior guard Haylea Roberson scored a game-high 29 points to lead Winfield (3-8) to a 48-38 road win over Woodrow Wilson in girls high school basketball play Thursday.

Roberson surpassed the 1,000 career point on the evening and now has 1,018 career points.

For Woodrow Wilson (1-7), Aaliyah Williams led the way with 19 points.

Hurricane 64, Princeton 44 - Mary Rogoszewski poured in 26 points as the Redskins (8-1) earned the road win. Abby Watson added 14 points and pulled down 21 rebounds for Hurricane, while Maddy Weeks chipped in with 10 points and six steals.

For Princeton (3-7), Kaleigh Barker scored 13 points, followed by Taylor Hamme with 11 points and Janie Vest with 10.

Capital 62, Nitro 44 - The Cougars jumped to a 31-19 halftime lead en route to the road win. Alex Gray led Capital (3-7) with 21 points, while Dashia Foster added 15 points. Kharis Hairston and India Hairston-James rounded out the Cougars' double-digit scorers with 10 points apiece.

For Nitro (6-5), Savannah Shamblin led the way with 33 points and 10 rebounds.

St. Albans 58, Ripley 33 - The Red Dragons (7-4) connected on 30-of-34 free throw attempts to help top Ripley on the road.

Jayden McDaniels and Brianna Propst led SA with 16 points apiece, while Alli Johnson added 10 points.

For Ripley (4-6), Emily Oldham scored a team-high 11 points.

Poca 44, Nicholas County 39 - After a back and forth first half in which the Grizzlies (6-4) took a one-point halftime lead, Poca (5-7) used an 11-5 third quarter scoring advantage to help pull out the home win.

Aubrey Chandler and McKenzie Ball led Poca with nine points apiece.

For Nicholas County, Amanda King and Brooklyn Loff each had 11 points.

Sean Payton to speak at Big Atlantic Classic http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150115/DM03/150119529 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150115/DM03/150119529 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:01:00 -0500


CHARLESTON, W.Va. - New Orleans head football coach Sean Payton will be on hand to speak at the 2015 Big Atlantic Classic Basketball Tournament on Jan. 25, the Beckley Register-Herald reported.

The 51-year-old Payton served as the caddie for good friend Ryan Palmer at the 2013 Greenbrier Classic and the Saints hosted three weeks of training camp at the new $30 million facility on the Greenbrier property. The Saints are signed to hold their training camp in Greenbrier County the next two years.

Floor tickets for the banquet, which will be held at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, will be $40 and will include a steak dinner. Balcony seats, which do not include dinner, are $7.50 for adults and $2.50 for students. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Convention Center.

GW boys take down Huntington in double overtime http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150114/DM03/150119530 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150114/DM03/150119530 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:42:45 -0500 By Derek Taylor (Story updated Thursday)

HUNTINGTON - Scrappy play off the bench from senior Jonah Cosby kept George Washington from fading Wednesday night, but it was freshman Justin Phillips who bailed the Patriots out in the waning seconds at Huntington.

Phillips hit a pull-up jumper in the lane with 10 seconds left in double overtime to give GW a 57-55 win over the defending Class AAA boys basketball state champions and improving the Patriots' record to 6-2.

"Any time you beat Huntington, wherever, it's a big win," GW coach Rick Greene said. "Seriously, if you beat Huntington for a parking spot at the mall it's a big win. I'm really proud of our guys tonight and the way they held together."

Huntington, ranked fourth in the latest Associated Press Class AAA poll, fell to 7-2.

The Patriots were forced to hold it together simply to survive until halftime. The Highlanders went on a 13-2 run that lasted from the 3-minute mark of the first quarter until 3:57 remained in the second, when Lawrence Bryson scored the Patriots' first points of the second to cut the Highlanders' lead to 22-16.

Although the hosts appeared in position to take control of the game, such a development never materialized. Instead, Huntington wasted a seven-point halftime lead as GW opened the second half with two buckets by Phillips and another from Anthony Dean to cut the lead to 25-24.

With 35 seconds left in the third Cosby scored two of his team-high 13 points to give GW the lead at 36-35 entering the fourth.

"We did a scouting report and learned they play and score in spurts," said Cosby, who along with Bryson shared the game high with 11 rebounds while also adding a co-game-high four assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

"We knew that even if they went up a little bit that the game wasnt over, and that we had to play 32 minutes," Cosby said.

As it turned out, the game lasted 40 minutes, but as it wore on it became apparent that Huntington was not able to regain its early control and maximize its experience advantage in the match-up.

"There was too much individual basketball on offense tonight," Huntington coach Ron Hess said. "We didn't run our sets very well at all. The ball hardly ever got swung from side-to-side like we've been doing. It's hard to score when you play like that."

All-State guard Tavian Dunn-Martin had a rough night from the floor for the Highlanders, and didn't dent the scorebook until late in the fourth quarter. The 3-point shooting specialist was 2-for-15 overall from the floor and 0-of-11 from 3-point range. He finished with six points while J.R Howard led the Highlanders with 17 points and nine rebounds. Howard led all players with five steals.

After the first overtime finished with a 49-49 tie, Dunn-Martin gave Huntington a two-point lead to start the second extra session with a pair of free throws. Cosby soon tied it, however, and then gave GW the lead again for good when he scored to make it 55-54 with 47 seconds left. Huntington tied it one last time when Anthony Meadows made the second of a two-shot free-throw opportunity.

Phillips finished with 12 points and Dean added 10 for the Patriots and Drew Baker had nine in what Greene called a, "true team victory."

Contact Preps Editor Derek Taylor at derek.taylor@dailymailwv.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter at @ItsreallyDT.