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Prep roundup: University boys whip Wheeling Park

Created on:   Fri, Feb 16, 2018   12:12 AM

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MORGANTOWN — University High’s second win in three days over Wheeling Park on Feb. 15 set up an out-of-state showdown for state supremacy Saturday.

The Hawks (18-1) romped to a 99-68 win over the Patriots in a makeup of a snowed-out game. Ethan Ridgeway poured in a season high 32 points and Kaden Metheny added 28.

That set up a West Virginia Class AAA No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-up at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, with the second-ranked Hawks meeting top-ranked Parkersburg South, in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference tournament final.

That game will be played at Ohio University-Eastern, in St. Clairsville.

UHS tuned up by throttling Wheeling Park again, after a 80-45 win Tuesday.

“I was happy with our energy that we came on the floor with, after just playing them two days ago,” UHS coach Joe Schmidle said. “We came out with good intensity. I was pleased with our defense the first 2 1/2 quarters, and it was a really good opportunity for our kids coming off the bench. Those kids got to play a lot of quality minutes in the second half.”

Ridgeway scored his points on 11-of-13 shooting and combined with Metheny to hit 23 of 30 shots. Ridgeway also had six rebounds and three assists, while Metheny chipped in three steals and three assists. Austin Forbes added 10 points for UHS.

Keondre King led the Patriots with 29 points.


Morgantown 58, Preston 38: Aliyssa Neal scored 11 points and the Mohigans raced to a 41-24 halftime lead en route to beating the Knights, in the regular-season finale for MHS (17-5).

Neal, playing on her Senior Night, added four steals. Fellow seniors Aleena McDaniel (eight points, three assists) and Molly Miller (five points) also contributed.

“It feels like we’re improving,” MHS coach Jason White said. “We won our last seven in a row, since losing to Parkersburg South about a month ago.

“Tonight we came out with the most energy we had in a long time. We created a lot of turnovers early, and put 41 points on the board in the first half. There have been games we haven’t scored 41.

“I think the kids are starting to get it.”

MHS was strong on defense, with a season high 27 steals. Cat Wassick led with five. Sydni Clawges snagged six rebounds and Kaitlyn Ammons five.

Makenzie Friend led Preston with 13 points. Taylor Mayne added 11.

The Mohigans head into sectional play Tuesday, hosting University.

“That’s a team that’s beat us this year,” White said. “We’ve got to be ready to play.”


Morgantown 53, Preston 19: Gracie Haines led MHS (14-0) with 17 points and Leighton Croft added 14. Kylie Felton led the Knights with five points.


University 72, Wheeling Park 45: Ryan Niceler netted 15 points and Javier Reyes added 12 for the Hawks (9-5).


Mountaineer 8s 50, South 36: Eden Gibson scored 17 points and Lauren Dean added 13 to lead the Mounties (19-0) to the Monongalia County championship. Olivia Austin led the Stallions with 11 points.

Clay-Battelle 7s 27, Mannington 12: Lydia Moore had eight points to lead the Cee-Bees in the Mason-Dixon tourney semifinals. C-B will play St. Francis for the title at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, at St. Francis.

St. Francis 7s 45, Long Drain 6: Maddie Gump and Emma Howell tallied 12 points each to lead the Trojans (9-3) to their semifinal win. Gracie Brown contributed 10 steals.