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Mohigans flex defensive muscle mass early in opposition to John Marshall to open postseason play

MORGANTOWN — It’s nonetheless February however the candy scent of March is within the air as postseason play started for ladies basketball throughout the state of West Virginia on Tuesday evening with sectional tournaments getting underway.

The Class AAAA Area II, Part 1 No. 2 Morgantown Mohigans began their street to a title protection with a strong 63-38 all-around victory over the No. 3 John Marshall Monarchs contained in the Rowdie Middle at Morgantown Excessive.

With the win, MHS advances to play on the street at No. 1 Wheeling Park within the part championship sport on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Mohigans had been led in scoring by senior Paige Smith who completed tied for the game-high of 15 factors, taking pictures 6 of seven from the ground with three triples.

“It’s a brand new season and we’re 1-0, that’s what we confused this week,” MHS head coach Doug Goodwin stated. “We knew we wanted to be able to exit of the gate and I believed the ladies did a pleasant job tonight to get off to a very good begin there early within the first quarter.”

Regardless of a gradual begin to the sport offensively for each side, MHS held a 5-2 benefit after a couple of minutes performed. Then, with the assistance of making use of a relentless full-court press, the Mohigans went on a 15-0 run that lasted practically your entire quarter till JM sophomore Rilee Storm ended that with a deep three-pointer. Six totally different scorers for MHS helped it to a 22-5 benefit after the opening body.

A 3 by senior Emma Howell prolonged the MHS result in 32-8 with 5 minutes to go till halftime however the Monarchs closed the half robust and doubled their whole within the last couple of minutes of the second quarter. MHS nonetheless held a 39-17 benefit on the break.

At halftime, each participant that noticed the ground for MHS had scored a basket. The Mohigans completed with three gamers in double-figures as Smith was joined by freshman Kayli Kellogg with 13 and junior Sadaya Jones who completed with 12. Six of the seven scorers made no less than three subject targets as nicely.

“We knew coming into this season we must put in plenty of work to be the place we wish,” Smith stated. “One other huge factor for us on offense is enjoying workforce ball and making that additional move or ready for the most effective shot.”

One other robust quarter on the defensive finish within the third put the sport away for MHS, main 58-24 after three quarters.

JM had a powerful fourth quarter, outscoring MHS 14-5 however the deficit was too nice to beat.

The Monarchs finish their season at 13-10.

“We knew coming down how troublesome a workforce like Morgantown on the street can be,” JM coach Brock Melko stated. “I bear in mind pondering within the first quarter a number of occasions about what we might even attempt to do to attain. They make it very troublesome for you always. Very pleased with this group for his or her arduous work this season.”

Morgantown and Wheeling Park will meet for the fourth time this season, the Patriots have taken two out of the three conferences, the newest being for the OVAC 5A championship.

“We are going to prep the subsequent two days for a troublesome sport and head up the street Friday able to play,” Goodwin stated.

Morgantown first-team all-state senior Lily Jordan didn’t play on Tuesday evening. Goodwin says she is day-to-day and shall be evaluated earlier than Friday’s sport in opposition to Wheeling Park.

BOX SCORE
Morgantown 63, John Marshall 38

JM 5 12 7 14 – 38
MHS 22 17 19 5 – 63
JOHN MARSHALL — Storm 5 2-2 15; Derrow 5 2-3 13; White 1 0-0 2; Inclan 1 0-2 3; Reese 2 1-1 5. 
MORGANTOWN — Smith 6 0-0 15; Kellogg 5 3-3 13; Jones 5 0-3 12; Howell 3 0-0 7; Hatcher 3 0-0 6; Wassick 3 0-0 6; Paulsen 2 0-0 4.
3-Pt. Objectives — John Marshall 5 (Storm 3, Derrow 1, Inclan 1). Morgantown 6 (Smith 3, Jones 2, Howell1)