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Hawks decide up the tempo, blow previous Knights in part championship

MORGANTOWN — The College Excessive Faculty women basketball workforce hosted the Preston Excessive Knights within the Area I, Part 2 championship recreation Friday night time on Baker’s Ridge.

After getting off to a gradual begin, the Hawks discovered their rhythm and pulled away from the guests within the second half to assert the sectional title with a 60-29 victory.

UHS junior Hannah Stemple completed with a game-high 20 factors, together with three triples. Preston was led in scoring by junior Kendra Nazelrod who contributed 14.

“I wasn’t very happy at first, we have been somewhat egocentric,” UHS head coach Nick Lusk mentioned. “I’ve mentioned all 12 months we’re at our greatest after we are unselfish and we began transferring the ball within the second half and settled down.”

College gamers pose for a photograph after defeating Preston on Friday. (William Wotring/The Dominion Put up)

The opening eight minutes went precisely the way in which PHS needed because it managed the tempo of the sport early on. Every workforce scored a basket to begin the sport however went on a scoring drought over the subsequent three minutes. The Hawks ended the opening body on a 5-0 run however the rating was knotted at 7-7 after the primary quarter.

A 6-0 run to start the second quarter by UHS pressured the Knights to take a timeout trailing 13-7. The run grew to 10-1 because of UHS making use of a relentless full-court press that helped drive over 10 turnovers earlier than halftime and noticed the lead develop to double-digits at halftime 24-14.

“They did what I mentioned we couldn’t allow them to do and that’s pace us up,” PHS head coach Brian Miller mentioned. “They sped the sport up bodily after which we began getting sped up mentally and making errors that led to their run. We performed the sport the precise manner we needed to within the first quarter however simply stopped doing it after that.”

The hosts got here out of the locker room at halftime with function and started the third quarter with an 8-0 run over the primary two minutes to blow the lead open 32-14. The mix of a faster tempo and forcing Preston into turnovers was an ideal components for UHS because it outscored its opponent 22-8 within the third.

“Our press and protection made the distinction within the adjustment,” Lusk mentioned. “To start out the sport we have been reaching and never transferring our toes. As soon as we began getting within the passing lanes and making it troublesome for them it made an enormous distinction. We tried to match up extra out of the press.”

The Hawks will host cross-town rival Morgantown on Thursday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. in a Class AAAA Area I co-final. The Knights will go to Wheeling Park the identical night time.

“That is what we work for, to be on this flooring with a shot to go to Charleston,” Lusk mentioned. “We’ve got to share the basketball if we need to achieve success. Once we work for open photographs, I think about us to knock them down. Hopefully, the third time is the allure.”

Preston’s Cameryn Sypolt (left) and head coach Brian Miller watch the sport on Friday. (William Wotring/The Dominion Put up)

Preston junior Camryn Sypolt, who suffered life-threatening accidents throughout a automotive accident two weeks in the past, was launched from the hospital this week and rejoined her workforce on the bench for Friday’s recreation. Miller mentioned Sypolt’s restoration has been higher than anticipated.

BOX SCORE
College 60, Preston 29
PHS 7 7 8 7 — 29
UHS 7 17 22 14 — 60
PRESTON — Nazelrod 4 6-8 14 Miller 1 0-0 3 White 2 0-0 4 Bishop 1 0-0 2 Wolf 1 0-0 2 Metheny 1 0-0 3 
College – Stemple 6 5-6 20 Ella Simpson 6 1-1 13 Fox 5 0-0 12 Maisel 2 0-0 5 Braham 1 0-0 2 Weaver  0 1-2 1 Johnson 0 2-2 2 Patterson 1 0-1 2 Lexi Simpson 1 1-2 3
3pt targets – College 6 (Stemple 3 Fox 2 Maisel 1); Preston 1 (Miller 1)