BECKLEY — Morgantown High let most of a big lead slip away Feb. 1 but held on to beat Woodrow Wilson, 56-52, in the girls’ Big Atlantic Classic basketball tournament.
The Mohigans (12-5) bolted to a 17-4 lead after a period and upped it to 38-21 by halftime.
“Hey, we had a great first half,” MHS coach Jason White said. “We came out with a lot of energy, got a lot of deflections, had 19 steals for the game. That seemed to disappear in the third quarter. We were scrambling to hold on at the end. We had to make a few foul shots down the end to hold them at bay.”
Morgantown survived a 27-point effort by Woodrow’s Laken Bill and 17 from Victoria Staunton with balanced scoring.
Sydni Clawges and Kaitlyn Ammons tallied 12 points apiece, Aleena McDaniel scored 11 and Aliyssa Neal added 10.
MHS next plays the winner of Thursday’s late game between Greenbrier East and Hedges-ville at 7:20 p.m. Saturday.
Preston 66, Robert C. Byrd 42: KINGWOOD — A defensive change early in the game propelled the Knights to victory.
Preston (11-7) trailed, 10-8, when, “We switched to a ‘man’ and the second quarter, you can see, we kind of blew it open,” coach Brian Miller said.
Leading, 18-10, after a period, the Knights ran the lead to 35-17 by halftime.
Makenzie Friend led Preston with 21 points and Kirsten Brown netted 13. The Knights next play Tuesday, at North Marion.
McKenzie Lamm led RCB with 15 points.
All games and matches scheduled for Thursday night in Monongalia County were postponed because of winter weather conditions. No makeup dates have been announced. Girls’ basketball games include Southern Garrett (Md.) at University, South Harrison at Trinity and Valley-Wetzel at Clay-Battelle.
The South Harrison and Clay-Battelle at Morgantown wrestling match also was postponed.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS
Trinity 7s 31, St. Francis 30: Zach Workman topped the Warriors with nine points. Luke Hudson led the Trojans with 10 points.
St. Francis 8s 62, Trinity 24: Drew Boczek netted 14 points to lead the Trojans. Jude Raven-Wisman paced the Warriors with 15 points.
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS
St. Francis 8s 40, Trinity 21: Lindsay Bechtel led the Trojans (13-1) with 10 points. Kerrington Peasak contributed nine rebounds, Mia Henkins three and Sofia Wassick four assists. Lilly Jordan led Trinity with eight points.