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Wheeling Park wins third straight over Morgantown to say part championship

WHEELING — For the third straight time this season and the sixth within the final two campaigns, Wheeling Park has defeated Morgantown in ladies’ basketball motion.

The newest Patriots’ win, 73-53, got here Friday night time contained in the Palace on the Hill in a Class AAAA Area I, Part 1 last.

Wheeling Park entered the sport ranked No. 2 within the newest state ballot, with the Mohigans (15-8) two spots behind. Morgantown, which was taking part in with out all-stater Lily Jordan, defeated the Patriots (20-4) in December in Morgantown. Jordan is reportedly nursing a hamstring and hasn’t performed for the reason that OVAC Class 5A championship recreation on Feb. 3 at Harrison Central Excessive College in Cadiz, which Wheeling Park prevailed, 68-53.

“I believed we had been somewhat bit off on protection early on however we settled down. There was numerous emotion tonight,” Wheeling Park head coach Ryan Younger mentioned. “Give Morgantown credit score, nonetheless, they had been taking part in with out one of many high gamers. They performed onerous your entire recreation. They make you earn your factors.”

The competition began at a frenetic tempo with eight lead adjustments and three stalemates within the first quarter. Deadlocked at 11, Wheeling Park took the lead for good when Lala Woods splashed in certainly one of her three trifectas. Following a basket by Morgantown’s Kayli Kellogg, the Patriots ran off seven of the following 9 factors for a 21-15 lead after eight minutes.  

Baskets by Merritt Delk and Woods to start out the second quarter constructed the margin to 10, 25-15, however the Mohigans minimize the deficit to 6, 32-26, on a Sadaya Jones trey with 4:07 on the clock. Nonetheless, the battle-tested Patriots reeled off 10 unanswered factors and 13 of the ultimate 17 of the half for a 45-30 benefit.

Morgantown couldn’t get the margin to single digits as lots of their pictures went in and got here again out of the basket.

“Initially, give credit score to Wheeling Park. They performed very nicely tonight,” Morgantown head coach Doug Goodwin mentioned. “We let the sport slip away from us late within the second quarter after which we couldn’t get pictures to fall. We had attractiveness, however the ball simply wouldn’t go in.”

The Mohigans shot 32.8 p.c (21-64) from the ground and a dismal 46 p.c (6-13) from the foul line. The Patriots had been 26 of 53 from the ground (49.1 p.c), together with a scorching 10–for-24 (42 p.c) from behind the bonus arc. 

In response to Younger, Delk, a senior who’s the primary sub off the bench and can play soccer at NCAA Division I Toledo, gave his staff the spark it wanted when she was inserted into the sport within the first quarter when Seneca Heller collected her second private foul on the 5:40 mark. She scored 4 factors, grabbed seven rebounds, blocked a career-high six pictures and performed strong protection.

“Merritt was unbelievable. She was our MVP tonight,” Younger famous. “She was everywhere in the ground. We had been struggling to rebound the ball within the second quarter and he or she got here in and cleaned that up.” Delk had 5 of her boards within the quarter.

Younger additionally praised the play of senior Jillian Huffman.

“I can’t say sufficient about what she has meant to our staff this season,” he added. “She has been actually, actually strong for us within the center. She’s onerous to protect and we knew she had somewhat little bit of a mismatch there.”

Woods led 4 Patriots in double digits with 20. Alexis Bordas added 18, Huffman 15 and Natalie Daugherty 12, with all of hers approaching triples. The second got here from the appropriate nook with 1:54 left within the first quarter and gave her 1,001 factors for her profession, making her the tenth feminine to succeed in the milestone and the third on the present Wheeling Park staff. Bordas is over 2,000 and Woods reached 1,000 earlier this season.

“It’s fairly superb to have three gamers with greater than 1,000 factors on the identical staff. That’s numerous factors,” Younger continued. “Natalie deserves it. She’s come by this program for 4 years. She’s grown into a very, actually good participant. She may be essentially the most underrated participant within the state, however while you’re on a staff with Alexis and Lala, it’s onerous to see what she really brings to our staff. It’s rather a lot.”

Daugherty mentioned it was good to succeed in the milestone.

“I used to be fascinated by all of it day, however I knew it was going to return finally. I’m glad it got here on this recreation. I’ve to provide my teammates thanks for getting me the ball.”

Morgantown was led by Kellogg with 20. Jones had 11, Sophia Wassick 9 and Lucie Hatcher eight. Hatcher additionally had a game-best 10 rebounds. Kellogg had seven and Jones six.

Wheeling Park led 39-32 off the glass as Bordas snagged eight. She additionally charted 5 steals. Daugherty and Huffman had six boards every.

Wheeling Park returns to motion Thursday because it hosts Preston, a 60-29 loser at College on Friday, in a Area I matchup at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the state event in Charleston. Morgantown, in the meantime, will meet the Hawks, additionally on Thursday at 7, in a cross-town battle.

Wheeling Park had 11 turnovers, which was two lower than Morgantown.

BY KIM NORTH/The Intelligencer

Wheeling Park 73, Morgantown 53
MHS   15   15   14   9  –  53
WP 21  24  17  11  —  73
MORGANTOWN (53) – Wassick 4 1-3 9; Jones 4 1-5 11; Kellogg 8 2-2 20; Smith 1 0-0 3; Hatcher 3 2-3 8; Howell 0 0-0 0; Paulsdon 1 0-0 2; Totals: 21-64 6-13 53.
WHEELING PARK (73) – Bordas 4 8-8 18; Woods 7 3-6 20; Daugherty 4 0-2 12; Huffman 7 0-0 15; Heller 2 0-2 4; Delk 2 0-0 4; Hicks 0  0-0 0; Totals: 26-53 11-18 73
Three-point objectives: Morgantown 5 (Jones 2, Kellogg 2, Smith). Wheeling Park 10 (Daugherty 4, Woods 3, Bordas 2, Huffman)