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    Parkersburg Catholic Trips Doddridge; Gilmer Rolls


    WEST UNION _ In a battle between two Top 10 Class A teams, No. 1 Parkersburg Catholic, led by Socha Wildt and Elizabeth Tokodi, downed No. 8 Doddridge County 56-44 in girls prep basketball action Tuesday night.

    The Bulldogs broke out to an early lead in the first quarter led by Kristi Evans who had seven of her game-high 21 points in the stanza.

    But at the start of the second quarter PC took over the lead with a 9-0 run to go up 19-14 with 3:21 left in the half.

    The Bulldogs and the Crusaders played evenly for the remainder of the period as PC took an eight-point lead into the lockerrooms.

    In the second half, the Bulldogs pulled to within two points late in the third quarter before Catholic's strong defensive pressure shut down DC's offense.

    As Doddridge was unable to break PC's press, the Crusaders went on a 10-0 run at the end of the third which put the game away.

    "Anytime we can win here, it is a good win," said PCHS coach Dick Wildt. "They always play us tough here. We got a lot of steals off our press late (in the game) when they got tired."

    The Crusaders, 11-2, were led by Wildt's 16 and Tokodi's 15 while Sarah Burkett added 13 markers.

    "We not only had turnovers against their pressure but we had turnovers that led directly to scores," said DCHS coach Craig Kellar. "Everywhere else we played them evenly but we had trouble against their pressure."

    The Bulldogs fell to 8-5.

    Parkersburg Catholic (56)

    Wildt 6 4-9 16; Tokodi 5 5-9 15; Burkett 5 3-6 13; Lough 3 3-4 9; Thompson 1 1-2 3; Totals 20 16-30 56.

    Doddridge County (44)

    Evans 8 3-3 21; Trent 2 2-2 6; J.Ash 2 0-0 6; Hayes 2 0-0 5; Rollins 1 0-0 2; A.Ash 1 0-0 2; Kelley 1 0-0 2; Totals 17 5-5 44.

    Parkersburg Catholic




    3-Point Goals:

    Evans 2, J.Ash 2, Hayes.

    GILMER COUNTY 58, Calhoun County 32:

    Jennifer Chambers fired in a game-high 20 points and teammate Tiffany Smith followed with 18 as visiting Gilmer County handed Calhoun County a 58-32 thrashing in girls high school basketball action Tuesday night.

    With the win the Titans raised their record to 8-1 on the year while the Red Devils fell to 4-4.

    Meredith McCoy led Calhoun with 10 points.

    Gilmer Co. (58)

    McClain 4 2-2 10; Chambers 7 6-8 20; Smith 6 6-8 18; Osbourn 2 0-2 4; Freshour 3 0-1 6; Totals 22 14-21 58.

    Calhoun Co. (32)

    McCoy 2 6-9 10; Shaffer 3 1-4 7; Morgan 3 0-0 6; Propst 2 0-2 4; Laughlin 2 1-3 5; Totals 12 8-18 32.





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    Updated January 23, 1997
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    Lincoln, BHS
    Meet in Key
    County Game


    With the winner controlling its destiny in the Harrison County title race, Lincoln travels to Bridgeport in an intra-county girls prep basketball matchup tonight.

    In other games involving county teams, Robert C. Byrd hosts Liberty and Philip Barbour entertains South Harrison.

    In the only boys game in the area, Notre Dame travels to play Hundred.

    At Bridgeport, the Cougars and the Indians each come into the contest with 3-0 records in the county.

    Both teams are very similar in their style of play as they rely on their defenses and offensive balance.

    The Cougars, 9-1 overall and 6-0 in the Big 10, are led by Chrissy Luchuck's 17 points a game while Stacey Lambert and Tabitha Hutson add 11.6 and 11.1, respectively. Teresa Medina, who tallies 9 ppg, and Jessica Barron round out Lincoln's starting five.

    BHS, 7-5 and 4-2, uses its balanced inside-outside attack led by Peggy Scott and Kristen Queen. Katy Wilson and Beth Guzzi also handle the post positions while Jackie Codling, Heather Horne and Alyssa Pasternak handle the backcourt positions.

    At RCB, the Mountaineers look to avenge a loss earlier in the season to the Eagles.

    LHS, 0-11 and 0-8, is led by Jamie Robinson, Kellie Nichols and Julie Bee.

    Robert C. Byrd, 4-6 and 4-3, is led by Leah Yertzell, Kyle Veltri, Ashlee Secret and Heather Waugaman.

    In Philippi, the Hawks are riding a two-game winning streak which started when they downed the Colts.

    SHHS, 4-6 and 3-3, is paced by Amber Morrison, Melissa Dawson and Jennifer Young.

    PB, 3-5 and 3-2, is led by Amy Markley.

    Other area girls games: Calhoun County at Braxton County, Buckhannon-Upshur at Elkins, Circleville at Petersburg, North Marion at East Fairmont, Fairmont Senior at Lewis County, Moorefield at Franklin, Morgantown at University, St. Marys at Ritchie County and Webster County at Tygarts Valley.

    At Hundred, the Irish will be looking for their eighth win of the season against the Hornets.

    ND, 7-2, is led by Josh Riffle, LaDon Garrett, Jeremy Parker and John Paul Rieser.

    Game times are set for 7:30 p.m.

    Updated January 23, 1997
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    Sluggish Start Again Dooms
    Inexperienced Mountaineers


    Youth. In life, people strive to keep it for as long as possible. In basketball, it is a deadly affliction that can bury a team long before the season even starts.

    Case in point, the Liberty girls basketball team. After graduating six players from last year's team, the Mountaineers found themselves with a lack of experience at every position. Hence, they have gotten off to an 0-11 start.

    Monday night's contest with Clay-Battelle (8-3) was no different for the Mountaineers. A sluggish start led to a large, early deficit, and from then on the game was over. This time, the Mountaineers fell behind 24-7 after the first quarter, thanks to a host of C-B fast break layups, and in the end, the Cee-Bees won 65-36.

    The Mountaineers' inability to play well in the first quarter continues to perplex Liberty coach Gary Courtney.

    "It is hard to play hard when you know you're out of the game after the first quarter," said Courtney. "And I don't know what I can do to get the girls to play as hard in the first quarter as they do in the second, third and fourth quarters. I don't know the answer, because if I did, I think we would be winning."

    C-B's running game got it a quick 10-0 lead before an Amanda Goff jumper got the Mountaineers on the board. The trend continued throughout the rest of the half, as Cee-Bee players continually beat Liberty defenders back to the basket for easy points. At the half, the score was 39-15, and ballooned to 51-21 after three quarters.

    C-B coach Dave Joyce was not surprised at his team's ability to grab the early lead and cruise to the victory.

    "Our kids are very quick, and each game we try to take advantage of that," said Joyce. "Tonight it worked well on the court.

    "Most teams in the Big 10 play man-to-man defense for four quarters. Our success came in the first three minutes, and when they went to the zone, it was like waving the white flag. After that I knew the game was ours."

    Della Moore paced the Cee-Bees with a game high 15 points, while April Spears contributed 14.

    For the Mountaineers, freshmen Stephanie Kopp and Goff led the way, as they scored 10 and eight points, respectively.

    Clay-Battelle (65)

    Wise 2 2-4 6; J. Moore 2 3-3 7; R. Moore 3 1-2 7; Ammons 3 2-3 8; D. Moore 6 3-5 15; Arnett 3 0-0 6; Panrell 1 0-0 2; Spears 5 4-4 14; Bane 0 0-1 0; Totals 25 15-22 65.

    Liberty (36)

    Nichols 0 3-4 3; Bee 3 1-2 7; Southern 2 0-2 4; Kopp 5 0-0 10; Goff 4 0-0 8; Fisher 1 0-0 2; Allen 1 0-0 2; Totals 16 4-8 36.





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    Updated January 22, 1997
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    Polar Bears Use Tough Defense,
    Inside Game to Beat Bridgeport


    BRIDGEPORT _ Fairmont Senior used a tenacious full-court, man-to-man defense and a strong inside game to down Bridgeport 52-43 Monday night in girls prep basketball action.

    "It's tough to go on the road to a place like Bridgeport and beat them," said FSHS coach Dave Reed. "We played tenacious defense ... man-to-man all over the court and I thought that was the difference."

    In the first quarter, the Polar Bears got their inside game going immediately as Lori Gump tossed in six points in the first four minutes but the visitors could not shake the Indians.

    Bridgeport's Jackie Codling tied the game at 8-8 with 1:46 left in the period before Fairmont Senior was able to score the final five points capped off by Melanie Burkovich's layup at the buzzer.

    The Polar Bears opened up the second period with a 10-3 run to build a 10-point lead, 21-11, but Bridgeport was able to close the gap to seven with a 7-4 run to end the half.

    In the third canto, FSHS was able to build the lead back to nine after the teams traded baskets for the first six minutes but the Indians responded again with the final four points of the quarter.

    After two Indian free throws cut the lead to three at the beginning of the fourth, the Polar Bears' full-court defense wore down the Indians as they outscored Bridgeport 12-6 to close out the victory.

    "We knew coming in they would play a pressure defense," said BHS coach Dave Marshall. "Their defense and inside game ... they killed us on the inside again.

    "We tried to do something a little differently against them but as you could see it didn't do much better."

    The Polar Bears, 8-2, were led by the inside tandem of Gump and Burkovich as Gump finished with a game-high 21 points and Burkovich chipped in 15.

    The Indians, 7-5, were led by Peggy Scott's 13 markers and Alisha Flesher's 12.

    Fairmont Senior (52)

    Kelley 1 0-0 2; Parker 1 4-4 6; Anderson 0 0-0 0; Freismuth 1 0-0 2; Wilson 1 0-0 2; Guido 2 0-0 4; Burkovich 7 1-2 15; Gump 10 1-1 21; Totals 23 6-7 52.

    Bridgeport (43)

    Queen 0 3-5 3; Pasternak 0 0-0 0; Flesher 4 4-6 12; Horne 0 2-2 2; Wilson 2 2-4 6; Scott 6 1-6 13; Codling 0 5-8 5; Guzzi 1 0-0 2; Totals 13 17-31 43.

    Fairmont Senior





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    Updated January 22, 1997
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    Gilmer County
    Clubs GB, 64-18

    GILMER COUNTY 64, Gauley Bridge 18: Gilmer County placed four players in double-figures as the homestanding Titans easily defeated Gauley Bridge 64-18 in girls high school basketball action Monday night.

    "We got to play a lot of people," said GCHS coach Kenny Osborne. "Our young kids got some valuable experience. The key was we set the tone defensively."

    Gilmer outscored the visitors 43-8 in the first half and never looked back.

    Lewesla McClain led the Titans, 7-1, with 13 points while Jennifer Chambers, Tiffany Smith and Kelly Osborn each chipped in 12.

    Gauley Bridge is now 1-10.

    Gauley Bridge (18)

    Meadows 2 0-0 4; O'Dell 3 0-2 6; Jarrell 1 0-0 2; McLaughlin 1 0-0 2; Perry 2 0-0 4; Totals 9 0-2 18.

    Gilmer County (64)

    Dunning 1 0-0 2; McClain 6 1-2 13; Chambers 5 2-2 12; Smith 5 2-2 12; Skinner 1 2-2 4; Queen 0 2-2 2; Lawson 1 1-2 3; Cottrill 1 0-0 2; Osborn 4 4-6 12; Freshour 1 0-1 2; Totals 25 14-19 64

    Gauley Bridge


    Gilmer County


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    Updated January 22, 1997
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    Morrison Wins
    Athlete of The
    Week Accolade


    After a slow start, the South Harrison girls team is playing like it did on its way to the state tournament last year and junior forward Amber Morrison has been the sparkplug.

    Morrison, who is the leading girls basketball scorer in Harrison County, fired in 24 points in a win over Philip Barbour and 27 in a victory over Liberty last week.

    For her performance, Morrison has been named One Valley Bank/Exponent-Telegram Athlete of the Week. She and other winners will be honored at the One Valley Bank Athlete of the Year Banquet at the end of the school year.

    Other girls basketball players nominated:

    _ Bridgeport's Peggy Scott led the Indians in scoring in both of their wins with an 11 point average.

    _ Clarice Dent of Notre Dame scored 11 in a loss to Doddridge County.

    Boys basketball players nominated:

    _ ND's LaDon Garrett paced the Irish with 18 points and 14 rebounds in a loss to Grafton and 11 points in a win over Valley Wetzel.

    _ Luke Flanagan of Liberty led the Mountaineers with 21 points in a win over Grafton.

    _ BHS's Anthony Ziglear scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a win over Lincoln.

    _ Danny Hardesty of Lincoln led the Cougars with a 16-point average in a loss to Bridgeport and a win over previously undefeated North Marion.

    _ Josh Riffle of Notre Dame scored 10 in a loss to Grafton and 23, including six 3-pointers, in a win over VWHS.

    _ ND's John Paul Rieser averaged 16.5 points in the Irish's 1-1 week.

    _ The Cougars' Mike Barnes scored 15 and 10 points in Lincoln's 1-1 week.

    _ Liberty's Bryan Harman scored 11 points and pulled down 10 boards in the win over the Bearcats.

    _ The Mountaineers' Guy Curotz scored 10 markers and grabbed 10 caroms in Liberty's win.

    _ SH's Adam Davisson led the Hawks with 15 in a loss to Tucker County.

    _ Tom Sears of SHHS scored 14 in the Hawks' loss.

    _ Jason Pritt's game-winning tip-in sealed the Cougars' 71-68 victory over North Marion as Pritt scored nine points.

    Wrestlers nominated:

    _ Drake Jenkins of Liberty won three matches, including two pins, in the Mountaineers' quad match against John Marshall, University and Morgantown. He also finished third in his weight class at the Winners Choice Invitational.

    Updated January 22, 1997
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