MASON, W.Va. — There were positive signs, but it didn’t show on the scoreboard.
The Wahama girls basketball team dropped its 49th consecutive Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest Monday night following a 65-17 setback to visiting Belpre at Gary Clark Court in Mason County.
The host Lady Falcons (0-15, 0-13 TVC Hocking) — who have lost 58 consecutive games overall — never led in the contest, as the Lady Golden Eagles (12-9, 10-5) soared out to an 18-4 first quarter lead and never looked back. BHS followed with a 20-3 surge to close the half for a commanding 38-7 lead at the break.
The Red and White showed a more competitive side following halftime as Belpre mustered only a small 7-4 edge during the third canto, which made it a 45-11 contest headed into the finale. Both teams cleared the benches down the stretch, which led to a BHS 20-6 run to wrap up the 48-point outcome.
The Orange and Black claimed a season sweep after posting a 72-14 decision at home back on December 21. Belpre’s largest lead of the game was the final margin of victory.
The Lady Golden Eagles converted all 18 of their free throw attempts, which means the guests only scored 45 points from the field. That, as well as his team’s continued effort, was a point of emphasis for first-year WHS coach John Arnott when speaking about the game afterwards.
“I thought our defensive effort was better tonight and I was really pleased with the effort that our seniors gave tonight. I thought the younger kids fed off of that a little bit tonight,” Arnott said. “If we are going to get things turned around and end this streak, it will have to start on the defensive end of the floor. Once we get better at playing tough defense, the offense will come.
“The good thing is that the girls are still willing to play hard on both ends of the floor. I think that speaks volumes about the character of these girls.”
The Lady Falcons made only one of their six field goals from behind the arc and also went 4-of-6 at the free throw line for 67 percent. Olivia Hill paced the hosts with seven points, followed by Nena Hunt with five markers.
Maddy Van Matre and Molly Fisher were next with two points apiece, while Grace Haddox rounded out the WHS tally with one point.
Shaye Barker and Caitlin Hughes led BHS with 13 points apiece, followed by Daisy Cowdery and Makayla Zimmerman with 11 markers each. Trinity King and Hannah Lawrence respectively added five and four points to the winning cause.
Sydney Spencer was next with three points, while Maddie Hughes and Caitlin Richards each chipped in two points. Hannah Deems wrapped up the Belpre tally with one point.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.