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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
"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
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
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
Melissa Dawson led all scorers
in the contest for SH with 14
points followed by Morrison with
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.
_ Queen, Codling.
Updated January 10, 1997
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.
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.
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.
Updated January 10, 1997
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
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
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.
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.
Helms 2, Kopp.
Updated January 10, 1997
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
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
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
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
_ 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
_ 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
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
ND, 5-3, led 11-5 after one quarter behind a balanced offensive
attack paced by Clarice Dent's
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
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
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
"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.
Hupp 2, T.Oliverio 3.
Updated January 9, 1997
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
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
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
Gilmer Tops Roane, 58-36
GILMER COUNTY 58, Roane
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.
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
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.
Updated January 9, 1997
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