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Wednesday, December 9
PHS boys pull away from Hurricane

Dollman leads Big Reds with 22 points

By STEVE HEMMELGARN shemmelgarn@newsandsentinel.com

PARKERSBURG - A 28-11 run in the final 5:16 of the first half keyed a 30-point second stanza that propelled host Parkersburg High from six points down into a 40-29 lead and the Big Reds extended their lead to 17 in the second half en route to a 76-60 season-opening boys basketball victory over Hurricane Tuesday night at Memorial Fieldhouse.

Andy Dollman tallied 22 points and Cody Chipps 20 to pace the PHS point-production, followed by Stephen Henderson with 10, Zach Grossenbacher with nine and Alex Ash with eight.

For Hurricane, now 0-1, Seth Lewis netted 16 points, while Garrett Tinsley added 14 and Dustin Wilkinson 11.

'I was very pleased with how well we played,' said Big Red head coach Jeff Mennillo. In fact, he added, 'in the five years that I've been here, I thought that's probably the best we played defense for 32 minutes. That's probably the most unselfish and team-oriented we've been.'

PHS trailed 15-10 after a period, but a 9-0 spurt - begun by Henderson's four-point play at 5:16 of the second quarter - pushed the Big Reds into a 21-18 lead at the 4:38 mark. But the PHS surge continued until Devin Hoehn's trey with 2:48 left in the first half upped the Big Red lead to 10 at 30-20.

The advantage reached 13 twice in last minute of the half, but the Redskins stayed within striking distance until midway through the third quarter when the Big Reds began to pull away.

PHS outrebounded Hurricane 38-19, led by Chipps with eight boards and Dollman and Ash with seven each, while Dollman had four assists.

'We're very, very young, but we're good young.' said Mennillo. 'The young guys who are playing are talented young guys who play with the poise and composure of veterans.'

Still, Mennillo praised the play of junior point guard Dollman and senior Chipps in the middle. 'Andy's leadership out there was big,' he said. 'And Cody's finally blossomed. He's grown up since the summertime into a pretty good basketball player.'



Thursday, December 17
Ripley ekes win

By JIM BUTTA jbutta@newsandsentinel.com

PARKERSBURG - If football is a game of inches, then basketball is a game of seconds.

Case in point was Wednesday night's Mountain State Athletic Conference clash between visiting Ripley and homestanding Parkersburg.

With the game knotted at 58 and time running out, Marshall University recruit Chase Fischer connected on a short jumper to give the Vikings a two-point lead with 1.1 ticks left on the clock.

On the ensuing inbounds the Big Reds got the ball down to 6-foot-6 senior Cody Chipps, who was fouled at the buzzer by the visitors' Derek Mullins.

However, Chipps' first attempt hit the back of the rim and bounced out as Ripley (2-0) eked out a one-point, 60-59, win.

"You just never know in this game," Ripley head coach Craig Harmon explained. "Chase made a great play down on our end. That's why he's a Division I player.

"But, we didn't do a very good job of defending that inbound pass and gave them a chance to tie the game."

The final seconds overshadowed what had been a solid effort by the host Big Reds, who dropped to 1-1 on the season. Parkersburg opened the second half with an 11-0 run to break a 28-28 halftime tie.

Junior Andy Dollman was the primary catalyst in the surge as the 6-footer hit a driving layup to give the red and white the lead with 6:41 showing on the clock and then connected both ends of a two-shot free throw opportunity 16 seconds later.

Parkersburg continued its assault on a lay-in by Chipps, who finished with a team-high 21 points and nine rebounds, and upped its lead to nine, 37-28, on a triple by Zac Grossenbacher with 5:33 showing on the clock.

Another layup by Chipps closed out the spurt 20 seconds later and it looked as if the Big Reds were poised to put the game away.

"That's when we had our chance," PHS head coach Jeff Mennillo explained. "But, when we needed to be a little more patient and pound the ball inside, instead we settled for some quick threes and we weren't hitting them."

A deuce by Mullens ignited an 8-2 spurt by the Vikings to cut the deficit to five, 41-36, with 2:52 on the clock. And, following a Chad Collins lay-in, the visitors continued to surge, ending the frame with a 10-2 run to take a one-point, 46-45, lead into the final eight minutes of play.

Again the Big Reds jumped out to a lead as a rebound bucket by Chipps and an Alex Ash trey spotted the hosts a two-point, 50-48, lead with 5:25 left to play.

Another put back by Chipps pushed the margin to four, 52-48, a minute later. The teams would trade points over the next four minutes until a three-point play by Ripley's Cody Miller knotted the game at 58 with 38.7 seconds left.