ASHTON, W.Va. — Another tough start. Another tough outcome.
After producing 11 points through three quarters just 24 hours earlier, the Hannan girls basketball team endured another tough evening on the hardwood Wednesday night following an 84-33 setback to visiting Riverside in a non-conference matchup in Mason County.
The Lady Wildcats (0-2) never led in the contest as the hosts came up empty on their first 32 offensive possessions before finally reaching the scoring column late in the first half.
Julie Frazier converted the second of two free throw attempts with 5:15 left in the second canto, allowing HHS to end a spell of 40 consecutive points by the Lady Warriors.
RHS (1-0) led 30-0 after one quarter of play, thanks in large part to a smothering press that forced 16 first quarter turnovers en route to a 13-of-24 shooting effort during the opening canto.
Riverside followed with five consecutive baskets for a 40-0 lead, then the guests racked up seven more points after Frazier’s free throw for their largest lead of the half at 47-1 with 2:44 left.
After missing their first 16 field goal attempts, the Lady Cats finally got a shot to go down as Josie McCoy hit a short jumper with 2:31 left. That basket sparked a 6-0 run to close out the half, allowing the hosts to pull to within 47-7 at the break.
Hannan committed 23 turnovers and netted just two of 21 shot attempts in the first half, while RHS was 21-of-46 from the floor and had only eight miscues by halftime.
The hosts made a small 5-4 run to start the second half and closed the deficit down to 51-12 following a Frazier bucket at the 6:33 mark of the third, but HHS was never closer the rest of the way.
Riverside closed the period with a 17-7 spurt and took a comfortable 68-19 cushion into the finale.
The Lady Warriors secured their largest lead of the game following a Kendall Merrell basket with 2:39 left in regulation, making it an 82-26 contest. The Lady Cats ended the game with a 7-2 run to wrap up the 51-point setback.
Both teams hauled in 41 rebounds in the contest, with RHS claiming a 15-12 advantage on the offensive glass. Hannan committed 35 turnovers and the guests had 16 miscues.
HHS finished the night 10-of-49 from the field for 20 percent, including a 3-of-11 effort from three-point range for 27 percent. The hosts were also 10-of-22 at the free throw line for 45 percent.
Frazier led the Lady Cats with eight points, followed by Madison Staggs with seven points and a team-high nine rebounds. Josie Cooper and Pammie Ochs also chipped in four points apiece.
Maggie Waugh and Cassidy Duffer contributed three points each, while McCoy and Lindsey Holley rounded things out with two markers apiece.
McCoy, Frazier and Cooper also hauled in six caroms apiece for the Lady Cats.
Riverside — a Class AAA program — netted 38-of-83 field goal attempts for 46 percent, which included a 4-of-16 performance from behind the arc. The guests were also a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
All nine Lady Warriors reached the scoring column, led by Haley Carroll with 22 points and Jasmine Symms with 18 points.
Carly Price recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while Ashley Hancock also chipped in a dozen markers.
Hannan returns to action Friday when it travels to Fairview for a non-conference contest at 6:30 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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