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Morgantown wins spherical 1 towards Wheeling Park in rematch of state championship

MORGANTOWN — A heavyweight bout was held contained in the Rowdie Middle at Morgantown Excessive College on Tuesday night time because the No. 1 Morgantown Mohigans hosted the No. 2 Wheeling Park Patriots in a rematch of final season’s Class AAAA women’ basketball state championship sport.

The primary assembly of the 2023-24 season went to the hosts as a stable defensive effort mixed with a bodily offensive strategy labored effectively for the Mohigans (6-0) in a 72-63 triumph.

“I believed the women maintained composure effectively there within the fourth quarter,” MHS head coach Doug Goodwin stated. “We bought in our assist protection a bit higher and rebounded effectively down the stretch. Paige Smith had a couple of large boards there in the long run and total I simply thought we bought a bit extra affected person.”

MHS made 29 area targets as a staff however none from past the three-point line. Senior ahead Lily Jordan led all scorers with 21 factors within the contest, taking pictures 9 for 18 from the sector and three for 4 from the charity stripe. MHS freshman Kayli Kellogg added 17 of her personal.

The Patriots (4-2) have been led in scoring by junior guard Alexis Bordas with 20 factors, adopted by fellow junior Lala Woods’16.

The 2 groups will meet once more on Jan. 23 inside The Palace on the Hill at Wheeling Park Excessive College.

MHS junior Sadaya Jones picked up her second foul halfway by the primary quarter however the hosts have been capable of maintain a slight benefit at 14-12 after the opening eight minutes. A number of ties and lead adjustments matched the short tempo of the sport whereas every staff noticed 4 completely different scorers within the body.

The Patriots struggled to attain to start the second and didn’t discover their first factors till the 4:03 mark, opening the door for MHS to increase the result in a number of possessions. However simply as shortly as they’d constructed the result in eight factors, 31-23, the Mohigans gave up 5 fast factors within the last minute of the half and WP noticed itself inside three factors 31-28 on the break.

“That second quarter we have been in some foul hassle however our bench did tremendously,” Goodwin stated. “With Emma Howell and Lucy Hatcher doing an important job for us I believed the second quarter stored us in it, we didn’t lose any floor which I believed was key.”

MHS opened the third quarter with one other fast run that constructed a nine-point lead, however the Patriots refused to go away, and as soon as once more used a powerful ending to the quarter to shrink the hole to 48-43.

Each time WP appeared to be gaining momentum to take a lead the Mohigans would deny the possibility. A number of occasions, the Patriots have been trailing with an opportunity to take the lead however have been shut down by the MHS protection.

“We dealt with adversity very well tonight, Wheeling Park is a superb staff,” Jordan stated after her 21-point effort. “That’s one thing we carried over from final yr and wish to do effectively this yr. We actually have to remain collectively by the ups and downs and be leaders and calm one another down.”

With 2:26 left to go within the sport, Bordas minimize the deficit to 60-52 with a three-point play, however a 24-point fourth quarter for MHS didn’t enable the Patriots to get any nearer than eight factors within the fourth quarter as MHS rebounded and made free throws down the stretch for a 72-63 victory.

The Mohigans keep at residence to host Bridgeport on Friday.

BOX SCORE
Morgantown 72, Wheeling Park 63
WP 12 16 15 20 – 63
MHS 14 17 17 24 – 72
MHS (6-0) — Jordan 9 3-4 21, Kellogg 7 3-3  17, Wassick 5 1-4 13, Smith 4 1-2 9, Jones 2 4-7  8, Hatcher 2 0-1 4.
WHEELING PARK (4-2) — Bordas 5 7-7 20, Woods 6 2-2 16, Huffman 3 2-3 9, Daugherty 4 0-2 8, Heller 3 0-0 6, Delk 1 2-2 4.
3-Pt. Targets — Wheeling Park 6 (Bordas 3, Woods 2, Huffman 1).