Lady Knights finish fourth at Lady Spartan Tourney

Alex Hawley

December 30, 2013

FAIRLEA, W.Va. — A rough weekend at for the Lady Knights.

The Point Pleasant girls basketball team dropped two games this weekend in the Greenbrier East Lady Spartan Holiday Tournament. In Friday night’s semi-final the Lady Knight fell to eventual champion Greenbrier East by a count of 72-27 and then on Saturday PPHS lost to Fayetteville by a mark of 54-31.

In Friday night’s game Point Pleasant (0-10) marked the scoreboard first but the Lady Spartans (7-0) rattled off 33 unanswered points to end the opening quarter with a 31 point lead. The pace slowed to a crawl in the second quarter and GEHS led 40-5 at halftime.

The Lady Knights were outscored 21-to-10 in the third period but and eventually fell 72-27.

Charli Leach lead the Lady Knights with 11 points, followed by Kylie Crump and Michaela Cottrill with five each. Jessica McCoy had four points, while Marlee Bruner finsihed with two for PPHS. Point Pleasant had 27 turnovers in the game.

The Lady Knights shot 9-of-49 (18.4 percent) from the field, 5-of-34 (14.7 percent) from beyond the arc and 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line. Leach hit a trio of three-pointers for PPHS, while Crump and Cottrill each connected on one triple.

Chaunté McDowell led GEHS with 21 points, including nine from three-point range. Lexi Tincher had nine points, Chole Honaker and Piper Nunley each had eight, while Hannah Walsh, Chelsie Baker and Sydney Ninley each had five points. Kat Walton scored four points, Katie Wilmer added three, while Ellen Henthorn and Kaitlyn Mize each had two points in the win.

The Lady Spartans committed just 10 turnovers, while shooting 29-of-64 (45.3 percent) from the field and7-of-13 (53.8 percent) from the free throw line.

On Saturday afternoon the Lady Knights met with Fayetteville (4-3) for the consolation game. PPHS trailed 9-to-2 throught the first eight minutes of play, and Fayetteville rallied with an 18-1 run to start the second quarter. The Lady Pirates led 28-8 at halftime and increased their lead to 42-14 headed into the fourth quarter. The Lady Knights marked 17 in the fourth quarter but FHS took the 54-31 victory.

Marlee Bruner led PPHS with 16 points, including 10 from the free throw line. Charlie Leach hit two three-pointers and had six points, while Jessixa McCory and Kassie Nibert each had three points. Kylie Crump finished with two points, while Michaela Cottrill marked one in the setback. Polin Pleasant was 12-of-20 (60 percent) from the free throw line in the game.

Kendall Malay had 18 points to lead the Lady Pirates, followed by Maddie Pritt with 12 and Avina Sedlock with seven. Kaylee Wood marked four points, Kaitlin Sisler and Larissa Roles each had three, Faith Norris, Hannah Franklin and Brandi Richmond each marked two, while Kathryn Peelish rounded out the FHS scoring with one point. Fayetteville was 22-of-37 (59.5 percent) from the free throw line and failed to connect on a three-pointer in the win.

The Lady Spartan Holiday Tournament was won by Greenbrier East with a 65-51 triumph over Preston in the finals.