HURRICANE, W.Va. — It takes all four quarters to win a game.
The Point Pleasant girls basketball team held Hurricane to just six third quarter points en route to a 53-44 victory in the sectional semi-final in Putnam County.
The Lady Knights (8-15) jumped out to a 12-to-9 lead at the end of the first period, led by senior Sarah Hussell, who scored the first 11 PPHS points. The Lady Redskins (6-17) were led by Abby Watson in the first period with eight of the team’s nine points.
Point Pleasant pulled down 18 rebounds in the second period but shot just 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) from the field, allowing Hurricane to pull within one point at halftime. PPHS led 26-25 at the break.
The Lady Knights didn’t turn the ball over in the third quarter, which allowed them to expand their to 43-31 with eight minutes remaining.
HHS closed the game with a 13-to-10 run but the Lady Knights held on for the nine point victory.
“My seniors told me Friday night that they didn’t want to practice Saturday,” Point Pleasant coach John Fields said. “We generally have a last practice for the seniors when we run into the possibility of elimination. They told me on Friday, that we were not practicing Saturday at 8:00 coach because we will have another one. They believed from the beginning, I believed and everybody came out and played hard.”
Hussell led the Lady Knights with 17 points, including five three pointers. Andrea Porter made two three-pointers and finished with 16 points, while Allison Smith and Katie Bruner each marked eight. Makenzie Thomas and Cassie Nibert each added two points, rounding out the PPHS scoring.
Point Pleasant shot 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from the free throw line and 19-of-63 (30.2 percent) from the field. The Lady Knights grabbed 40 rebounds in the game, while turning the ball over just 13 times.
Watson made two triples and led the Lady Redskins with 22 points, followed by Taneisha Sturdavent with 10 points. Courtney Rogers had five points, Callie McClanahan added four and Audrey Barber marked three.
Hurricane shot 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) from the free throw line and 17-of-48 (35.4 percent) from the field in the game. The Lady Redskins had 33 rebounds and 21 turnovers in the game.
This game also served as the tie breaker between these teams, as Hurricane won the first meeting of the season, 60-33 on December 21st in Hurricane, and Point Pleasant won the second meeting, 55-29 on January 5th in Point Pleasant.
The Lady Knights will face host Winfield in the sectional final on Wednesday at Winfield High School. The Lady Generals are 11-11 on the season.