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Prep roundup: Mohigans sweep St. Albans at shootout

Created on:   Tue, Feb 6, 2018   10:42 PM

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INSTITUTE — Suffering through a cold shooting game Feb. 6, the Morgantown High girls’ basketball team turned to its defense to beat St. Albans, 40-36, in the Little General Shootout, at West Virginia State University.

Aliyssa Neal netted 11 points and snagged five steals to pace the Mohigans (15-5), who managed to shoot just 32 percent from the field and missed all four of their 3-point tries.

“Our defense kept us in the game,” MHS coach Jason White said. “Without the kids playing defense the way they did, we would have been in trouble.”

The Mohigans trailed, 21-18, at halftime but could have put the game on ice when they held St. Albans to two points in the third quarter. But they managed just six themselves and still trailed late in the period.

“Our press late in the game,” White said, when asked the turning point of the contest. “We turned up the defensive intensity a little. Hold them to two points in the third, you’d say, ‘Man, you had to have made your run there.’ But we didn’t make our run there, we actually trailed late in the third. Our defensive pressure late in the game got us easy buckets.

“We looked leg weary all day, after four games in six days. We were very fortunate to sneak out of Charleston with a win.”

White noted that due to player illnesses, “This was the first day we’ve had everybody dressed (to play) in about six weeks.

“Gotta give St. Albans a lot of credit,” he added. “They attacked us. But we got pretty good defense, and that gave us the opportunity to win the game.”

Kaitlyn Ammons led MHS in rebounds, with eight, and Sydni Clawges added six. Ammons had three blocks, and Aleena McDaniel nabbed five steals.

MHS’s next-to-last game of the regular season is Thursday, in an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference consolation game at Union Local, in Belmont, Ohio.

Jaden McDaniels led St. Albans, with 10 points.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Morgantown 59, St. Albans 39: INSTITUTE — The Mohigans (10-7) raced to a
20-4 lead a quarter and cruised to victory in the Little General Shootout, at West Virginia State.

Drew Selders dropped 16 points and Cam Selders 15, and MHS sunk nine 3-pointers in the win.

“I think we’re getting hot at the right time,” MHS coach Dave Tallman said. “We’re making shots, which hasn’t happened all year. It’s been a sight for sore eyes.”

The Mohigans held St. Albans to 12 points in the first half.

“I thought our defense was terrific,” Tallman said. “Defense has been a stronghold for us all year.”

Lamar Haskins contributed nine rebounds for MHS, which next plays Friday, at Wheeling Park

Rodney Toler paced St. Albans with 13 points.

Clay-Battelle 63, Paden City 45: BLACKSVILLE — Gunner Brummage collected 15 points and 15 rebounds to pace the Cee-Bees (8-9) to victory.

Seth Casino added 17 points, and Levi Carrico and Mojo Chisler netted 12 apiece for C-B, which put the game away with a 21-7 third-quarter run.

“We went up 10 by halftime and in the third quarter came out and shot extremely well tonight percentage-wise,” 54 percent from the field, coach Josh Kisner said.

Clay-Battelle next plays at 8 p.m. Friday, against Calhoun County, at Robert C. Byrd High School, in Clarksburg, for third place in the WVHIT.

Ethan Cross topped Paden City with 16 points.

FRESHMAN BOYS

Morgantown 68, Brooke 30: Ben Long netted 12 points, Max Washington had 11 and Luke Bechtel added 10 for the Mohigans (10-0).

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS

Mountaineer 8s 55, Suncrest 23: Lauren Dean paced the Mounties (16-0) with 19 points and Emily Sharkey chipped in with 14. Morgan Ryan led the Seals with eight points.