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    Bridgeport Struggles by Hawks

    LOST CREEK _ It is better to struggle and win than it is to struggle and lose.

    That sums up the contest between Bridgeport and South Harrison as neither team played very good basketball with the Indians coming up with a 41-31 victory over the Hawks in Harrison County and Big 10 Conference girls basketball action Wednesday night at the SHHS gymnasium.

    The only thing the Indians and Hawks did well on the night came on the defensive end of the court. BHS and SHHS shot terribly from the floor and had numerous turn overs.

    "Obviously, we didn't play very good basketball," said Bridgeport coach Dave Marshall. "Right now, we are not playing with any heart and until we start playing with heart, we are not going to be a very good basketball team."

    The Tribe, now 5-3 overall and 3-1 in Big 10 action, never trailed in the contest scoring the first four points of the game on baskets by Peggy Scott and Kristen Queen.

    South Harrison did not make a field goal in the opening quarter going 0-of-11 from the floor to al low Bridgeport to take an 8-2 lead after one period.

    "Defensively, I am not disappointed at all with their performance," stated South Harrison coach Joe Johnson. "We are just not shooting the basketball well and that has happened all season."

    Jackie Codling quickly gave the Indians an 11-2 spread by hitting a 3-pointer with 7:30 left in the second period. This is when the Hawks began to make their move.

    SHHS, now 2-6 overall and 1-3 in Big 10 play, went on an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to two points, 13-11, with 1:53 left in the half. Amber Morrison led the surge with four points. BHS went on to take a 20-13 lead at the half.

    The third period was much the same as the first quarter as neither team shot the ball well with Bridgeport outscoring SH 8-4 to take a 28-17 lead into the final quarter.

    South Harrison rallied to within five points, 28-23, with 6:15 to play on two free throws by Morrison. However, this was as close as the Hawks got as Beth Guzzi scored six points during an 8-0 run to stake the Indians back to a comfortable 13-point, 36-23, advantage with 3:38 remaining in the affair.

    Codling paced the Indians with 11 points and dished out five assists. Scott followed with 10 markers and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

    Melissa Dawson led all scorers in the contest for SH with 14 points followed by Morrison with 13.

    Bridgeport (41)

    Queen 2 0-0 5; Flesher 1 0-0 2; Horne 0 1-3 1; Wilson 2 2-4 6; Scott 4 2-6 10; Codling 2 6-8 11; Guzzi 1 4-4 6; Totals 12 15-25 41.

    South Harrison (31)

    Dawson 4 6-9 14; Morrison 4 5-7 13; Amos 0 0-2 0; Young 1 1-1 3; Kirk 0 0-2 0; Carroll 0 1-4 1; Totals 9 13-25 31.



    South Harrison


    3-Point Goals:

    _ Queen, Codling.

    Updated January 10, 1997
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    Bulldogs, Tigers Claim Victories

    DODDRIDGE COUNTY 52, St. Marys 49:

    It took overtime, but Doddridge County outscored St. Marys 8-5 in the extra quarter to down the Blue Devils 52-49 Wednesday night in girls basketball action.

    Kristie Evans and Tabby Hayes paced the visitors with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Also, Evans shared team-high rebounding honors with April Ash at seven apiece.

    Nicole Noland was the big producer for the hosts as she nailed a game-high 28 points. She completed a double-double with 12 caroms.

    DCHS now stands at 6-4 while St. Marys drops to 1-7.

    Doddridge County (52)

    Evans 7 1-3 15; Hayes 5 1-2 12; Kelly 2 1-2 5; Rollins 3 2-4 8; Powell 1 0-0 2; Trent 1 4-5 6; Ap. Ash 2 0-0 4; Totals 21 9-16 52.

    St. Marys (49)

    Noland 8 12-15 28; Locke 4 0-0 8; Bonner 0 3-4 3; Lamp 1 3-5 5; Perkins 1 0-0 2; Anderson 1 1-2 3; Totals 15 19-26 49.

    Doddridge Co.


    St. Marys


    3-Point Goals:


    ELKINS 73, Philip Barbour 67:

    Anita Cutright scored 27 points for Elkins en route to a 73-67 victory over Philip Barbour's girls basketball team Wednesday night.

    Amy Markley led the Colts with 19 followed by Cindy Poling with 14 and Valarie Thompson with 12.

    Elkins (73)

    Walters 6 7-10 19; Teter 2 1-2 6; Chewning 1 1-3 3; Barnhart 1 0-0 2; Cutright 13 1-1 27; Myers 1 0-0 2; Bartlett 1 0-0 2; Crosston 5 0-0 10; Clegg 1 0-0 2; Totals 31 10-16 73.

    Philip Barbour (67)

    Poling 6 2-2 14; Kroll 3 2-4 8; Thompson 3 6-8 12; Maunz 1 0-0 2; Schubert 3 2-3 8; Markley 8 3-7 19; Daugherty 2 0-0 4; Totals 26 15-24 67.



    Philip Barbour


    3-point goals:


    Updated January 10, 1997
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    Preston Subdues Liberty, 48-34

    Liberty played three strong quarters against Preston High in a Big 10 girls basketball clash last night. However, the second quarter, a 19-9 PHS advantage, was the deciding factor as the Knights downed the Mountaineers 48-34.

    Early in the contest LHS over came a 7-2 deficit and took its only lead of the game at 8-7. Stefanie Kopp's 3-pointer at the 1:59 mark was the key shot in the 6-0 run.

    But, Preston's Mandy Helms answered with a trifecta with seven ticks left to give the visitors a 10-8 lead after one quarter.

    In the second period, the Knights went to a pressing defense which took the 'Eers by surprise. This strategy sparked a 10- 0 run for Preston, to widen its lead to 20-8.

    Helms started the run with another trey while Shannon Steiring er capped it off by sinking two shots from the charity stripe.

    Helms, who had a big first quarter with nine points, went on to take game-high honors with 22 points for the night.

    "Even though this was a total team effort, Mandy did a good job offensively for us," remarked PHS coach Lisa Poland. "The key is to play as a team and we displayed that against Liberty."

    By the end of the half, the visitors amassed a 29-17 lead.

    In contrast to the first half, Liberty came out in the second half and generated some offense while shutting down the Knight's attack.

    Jamie Robinson came off the bench and sparked LHS by scoring 11 of her team-high 15 points in the second half.

    "I thought we played better in the second half," remarked LHS head coach Gary Courtney.

    "We started three freshmen and they handled themselves well out there. It was encouraging to see Robinson come off the bench and score 15. Overall, we played hard and I am pleased with the way we played."

    Preston (48)

    Helms 9 2-4 22; Riley 2 0-0 4; Ranieri 1 0-0 2; Sisler 0 2-2 2; Steiringer 1 6-8 8; Gadres 0 0-2 0; Sypolt 2 4-8 8; Baber 1 0-0 2; Totals 16 14-24 48.

    Liberty (34)

    Nichols 3 3-7 9; Southern 0 1-2 1; Robinson 7 1-4 15; Bland 1 0-0 2; Kopp 2 0-0 5; Goff 1 0-2 2; Totals 14 5-15 34.





    3-Point Goals:

    Helms 2, Kopp.
    Updated January 10, 1997
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    Intra-County Contest Highlights
    Busy Girls Basketball Schedule

    A full slate of games is on tap tonight in girls high school basketball action as four Harrison County teams will be playing.

    Notre Dame hosts South Harrison, Lincoln is at home against Big 10 foe Grafton and Robert C. Byrd travels to East Fairmont.

    At Notre Dame, the Irish and the Hawks are both coming off opening game losses as ND was defeated by Clay-Battelle and SH lost to Lincoln.

    Notre Dame is led by the perimeter play of Toni Kay Oliverio and Angie Martino while Clarice Dent powers the Irish inside game.

    Dent led the Irish with 14 points in the loss to the Cee-Bees while Oliverio scored 13 and Martino chipped in nine.

    South Harrison is led by Amber Morrison and Melissa Dawson. Morrison scored 12 markers in the opening game while Dawson added 10.

    Game time is 6 p.m.

    In Shinnston, the Cougars enter the contest 1-0 after the big win over South Harrison while the Bearcats come into the game after a two-point loss to RCB. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

    Chrissy Luchuck continues to lead LHS as she scored 23 points while two freshmen, Tabitha Hutson and Teresa Medina, made major contributions Wednesday night. Hutson finished the game with eight points, 11 rebounds and seven assists while Medina scored 10 points.

    Jodi Bias led the Bearcats with 10 points in their loss.

    In Fairmont, the Eagles are coming off a hard-fought victory over Grafton as they travel to play the Bees, who will be playing their first game of the season.

    Leah Yertzell led RCB with 13 points in the win. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

    Other area games: Braxton County at Clay County, Buckhannon-Upshur at North Marion, Clay-Battelle at Cameron, Ritchie County at Doddridge County, Webster County at Fayetteville, Elkins at Morgantown and Gilmer County at the Tygarts Valley Tournament.

    Nicholas County at Lewis County, Paden City at the Tygarts Valley Tournament, Philip Barbour at Preston, Petersburg at Keyser, Tucker County vs. Parkersburg Catholic at the Williamstown Tournament, Valley Wetzel at Tyler Consolidated and Union at East Hardy.

    Updated December 13, 1996
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    Lincoln's Luchuck, R.C. Byrd's Johnson Honored

    Lincoln's Chrissy Luchuck and Robert C. Byrd's Donnie Johnson had much in common during the week of Dec. 16-21, 1996.

    Each played shooting guard for their respective basketball teams and were sparkplugs in their team's victories over a Big 10 foe and a Class AAA team. Lincoln downed Preston 65-29 and North Marion 68-38 while Robert C. Byrd defeated Preston 63-53 and Morgantown 59-53.

    Each led their respective team in scoring during the week. Luchuck averaged 18.5 points in two games and had 13 steals against Preston while Johnson averaged 22 points per game.

    "She worked extremely hard in the offseason and it shows with her level of play," said Lincoln coach Jeff Osbourn of his senior shooting guard. "She gives us a spark offensively and defensively."

    "He definitely carried us early in the season. He's a good all-around basketball player and a great scorer," RCB coach Brad Underwood stated of his senior shooting guard.

    For their performances, Luchuck and Johnson have been named co-One Valley Bank/Exponent-Telegram Athletes of the Week for the period of Dec. 16-21. They will be honored at the One Valley Bank Athlete of the Year Banquet which will be held at the end of the school year.

    Other boys basketball players nominated:

    _ South Harrison's Adam Davisson scored 21 points in a 59-48 loss to Clay-Battelle and 19 in a 65-53 loss to Philip Barbour.

    _ Danny Hardesty of Lincoln tallied 20 and 16 points in two losses, a 61-55 setback to Philip Barbour and a 60-43 loss to East Fairmont.

    _ Bridgeport's Chris Kerr scored 14 markers in a 60-53 win over Notre Dame and 23 in a 67-66 win against Grafton.

    _ Jeremy Paker of Notre Dame averaged 14 points a game in the Irish's 2-1 week, wins against Cameron and Emmanuel Christian and a loss to Bridgeport.

    _ BHS's Anthony Ziglear scored 15 and 14 points in the Indians' two wins.

    _ Mike Barnes of Lincoln averaged 12 points in the Cougars' two losses.

    _ ND's Josh Riffle scored 19 against Cameron and 14, including four 3-pointers, against Emmanuel.

    _ Brian Zickefoose made the game-winning free throw in Bridgeport's win over Grafton and scored 17 points in the ND contest.

    _ Bridgeport's Michael Stumpo scored 14 in the win over Grafton.

    _ The Irish's LaDon Garrett averaged 9.7 in Notre Dame's three games.

    Other girls basketball players nominated:

    _ SH's Amber Morrison averaged 23 points in a loss to Tucker County and a win over Liberty.

    _ RCB's Leah Yertzell averaged 12.3 in the Eagles' three losses, to Buckhannon-Upshur, Philip Barbour and Elkins.

    _ Toni Kay Oliverio scored 18 and 15 points in the Irish's wins over Cameron and Grafton before hurting her knee and scoring only three points in limited action against Doddridge County.

    _ Beth Guzzi of Bridgeport averaged 13 points in wins over Liberty and Philip Barbour.

    _ Lincoln's Stacey Lambert scored 17 and 14 points in the Cougars' two wins.

    _ ND's Clarice Dent averaged 11 points in the Irish's three games.

    _ BHS's Kristen Queen averaged 12.5 points, Katy Wilson averaged 11.5 points and Peggy Scott averaged 9.5 points in the Indians' two wins.


    An Athlete of the Week for the period of Dec. 23 through Jan. 4 will be announced in Thursday's papers.

    Updated January 9, 1997
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    Calhoun Hands Sluggish
    Notre Dame 51-41 Loss

    Calhoun County took advantage of a lackluster performance by Notre Dame in the second and third quarters to claim a 51-41 win over the Irish last night in girls basketball action.

    ND, 5-3, led 11-5 after one quarter behind a balanced offensive attack paced by Clarice Dent's four points.

    But the Red Devils, 4-3, opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run ended by Sarah Morgan's jumper with 4:53 left to tie the game at 11-11.

    Both teams played evenly the rest of the half as Calhoun held a slim 18-16 lead going into the lockerrooms.

    In the third quarter, the visitors took advantage of Meredith McCoy's hot shooting hand and the Irish's lack of intensity to rattle off the first 12 points of the half.

    McCoy finished the quarter with 10 points, all them coming in the 12-0 run, as the Red Devils took a 10-point lead, 32-22, into the final canto.

    Dent scored all of ND's six points in the third as the Irish were unable to knock down any open shots from the perimeter.

    Calhoun opened its lead to 18 points at the beginning of the fourth before Notre Dame was able to make a run.

    Toni Kay Oliverio's 3-pointer ended a 10-0 run as ND cut the lead to eight with 3:35 to go.

    But the Red Devils were able to trade scores with the Irish in the final minutes of the game as Calhoun was able to break ND's press for easy baskets.

    Carrie Propst led CC with five points in the quarter while ND's T. Oliverio scored 12 of her team-high 15 points in the canto.

    Chas Hupp finished the game with 12 points for the Red Devils while Dent chipped in 14 for the Irish.

    "The entire game can be summed up as a lack of intensity," said ND coach Steve Gibson. "All year long, the girls have not been playing real intense. We only play intense in certain quarters.

    "And like I said at the beginning and I won't take it back ... there are very few teams in the state that can stop us when we play in tense. Only problem we have right now is that we only play in tense from anywhere from four to 16 minutes a game."

    Calhoun County (51)

    McCoy 6 3-3 15; Shaffer 1 2-2 4; Hupp 5 0-2 12; Morgan 2 1-2 5; Propst 4 1-2 9; Laughlin 3 0-0 6; McCormick 0 0-2 0; Totals 21 7-13 51.

    Notre Dame (41)

    Me.Ferro 3 1-2 7; Dent 5 4-8 14; Martino 1 0-0 2; T.Oliverio 5 2-3 15; C.Oliverio 1 0-2 2; Freemen 0 1-2 1; Totals 15 8-17 41.



    Notre Dame


    3-Point Goals:

    Hupp 2, T.Oliverio 3.

    Updated January 9, 1997
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    Girls Games Dominate
    Area Prep Hoops Slate

    There are 11 girls basketball games scheduled tonight in the area while two boys games are also on tap.

    In Harrison County, South Harrison hosts Bridgeport and Liberty entertains Preston in girls action. One of the boys games also involves a county team as Notre Dame hosts Valley Wetzel.

    In Lost Creek, the Hawks will try to improve on their 2-5 record against the 4-2 Indians. Amber Morrison, the county's leading scorer, paces the Hawks with her 17.3 points per game while Melis sa Dawson adds 9.4. Jennifer Young chips in 8.0.

    The Indians counter with a balanced attack that features five players scoring 7.3 points or better. Kristin Queen leads the way with her 12.5 average. Beth Guzzi averages 9.8 while Katy Wilson contributes 9.5. Peggy Scott pitches in 8.6 while Jackie Codling averages 7.3.

    At Liberty, the Mountaineers will try to break their seven-game skid as they host the Knights. Jamie Robinson (7.8 ppg), Julie Bee (6.7 ppg) and Kellie Nichols (5.5 ppg.) key the LHS attack.

    Other girls games in the area: North Marion at University; Tygarts Valley at Pocahontas County; Grafton at Tucker County; Petersburg at Franklin; Elkins at Philip Barbour; East Fairmont at Morgantown; Buckhannon-Up shur at Fairmont Senior; Doddridge County at St. Marys and Lewis County at Braxton County.

    At NDHS, the Irish will gun for their fifth straight win when Valley Wetzel visits for a Mason-Dixon Conference contest.

    Jeremy Parker, Josh Riffle and LaDon Garrett pace the balanced Irish attack. Parker averages 14.8 points per game while Riffle adds 12.8. Garrett chips in 11.0 and is a dominating force on the boards. John Paul Rieser (7.2 ppg) and John Howard (6.6 ppg) are solid contributors.

    In the only other boys game in volving an area team Hundred travels to Mapletown (Pa.).

    All games begin at 7:30 p.m.

    Updated January 9, 1997
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    Gilmer Tops Roane, 58-36

    GILMER COUNTY 58, Roane County 36:

    Kelly Osborne fired in a game-high 23 points to lead Gilmer County to a 58-36 win over homestanding Roane County.

    The Titans (5-1) jumped out to a 32-11 lead at intermission and never looked back in handing RC (2-5) the setback.

    Amanda Drennan led Roane County with 10 points.

    Gilmer (58)

    McClain 3 1-2 7; Chambers 2 1-2 5; Smith 6 0-0 12; Lawson 0 2-2 2; Cottrill 0 3-4 3; Osborne 10 3-7 23; Freshour 3 0-0 6; Totals 24 10-17 58.

    Roane (36)

    Drennan 4 1-2 10; Kidd 2 3-6 7; Eastham 1 0-5 2; Dunn 2 1-2 5; Tawney 2 0-1 4; Hubbard 2 1-2 6; Snodgrass 0 2-2 2; Totals 13 8-20 36.

    Gilmer County


    Roane County


    3-Point Goals:

    Drennan, Hubbard.

    Updated January 9, 1997
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