MHS girls’ basketball team claims St. Albans tourney title

ST. ALBANS — The Morgantown High girls’ basketball team turned in a strong defensive effort to hold off George Washington, 50-43, in the championship game of the St. Albans tournament, on Dec. 30.

“Our kids’ focus on the defensive end of the floor was excellent,” MHS coach Jason White said.

“Our rebounding, second-chance opportunities and fast-break points got us out to a nice lead and we kind of held on at the end.”

Sydni Clawges paced the Mohigans (7-2) with

14 points. Aliyssa Neal finished with nine points.

Kalissa Lacy and Vivian Ho led George Washington with 11 points apiece.

The Mohigans were coming off a 57-54 win over St. Albans in the Dec. 29 semifinal that left White less than satisfied with his team’s performance.

MHS did not grab its first lead until the final 60 seconds.

“We didn’t play our best basketball,” White said. “Our kids never gave up, never quit or stopped believing we could win the game.”

Neal scored 16 points in the victory for MHS, which plays again Jan. 4, hosting Wheeling Park.

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