Parkersburg Big Reds Girls Basketball: 2015-16 Season

Sunday, April 24
PHS Big RedsÂ’ Ackerman off to Ohio Valley

Wednesday, March 2
MHS bops Big Reds in Region I final

Saturday, February 27
South wins sectional title Patriots defeat Big Reds, 78-52

Monday, February 22
Big Reds Beat GW 56-51

PARKERSBURG - The Parkersburg High Big Reds got 21 points from Shay-Lee Kirby and 15 from Brooke Kurucz here Thursday night and were able to hold off Shionna Banks and her 24 points along with the rest of the Class AAA No. 7 George Washington team for a 56-51 win in the Mountain State Athletic Conference 5th place game.

"Banks was really a beast out there tonight," said PHS head coach Kenny DeMoss. "We knew she was going to get her points but we made her earn them which is a different approach we have taken to girls in the past. We threw some different defensive looks at her and switched to a zone in the second half which slowed her down somewhat."

Both Kirby and Kurucz got the scoring started early for the Big Reds. The senior Kurucz sandwiched a make from behind the arc between two Kirby jumpers, which helped the Big Reds out to a 7-0 lead early. The advantage grew to as many as nine before the Patriots' Elisha Davis got the visitors on the clock with a jumper 3:37 into the opening period.

The visitors cut into the lead again a minute later after an and-one from Banks.

The Big Reds (15-7) punched their three-point advantage up one more point by the end of the period, 15-11.

GW (14-7) managed to find the lead for the first time in the second quarter after a 9-2 opening run, but the Big Reds didn't stay behind for long.

A jumper from Mackenzie Boone and a trey from Haley Ackerman evened things up at 20-all with 4:12 remaining in the period.

The two teams played the next two-and-a-half minutes to a scoreless tie before the Patriots' Morgan Hotsclaw poured in the first of her two buckets on the night and then Kirby answered right back for the Big Reds to knot it up again.

From there, GW scored one more point than their hosts and went into the locker room up, 24-23, at halftime.

PHS ran out of the locker room after halftime and poured in 15 points to just 10 for their visitors to enter the final period up, 38-34.

The Patriots managed to take the lead two times in the third but the Big Reds answered back everytime. Once on a duece by Kurucz to put the Big Reds up, 33-32, with 1:41 on the clock and again on a Kameron Snyder trey with 56 seconds left, 36-34.

PHS didn't give the lead away again in the final period as it outscored their burgandy and maroon clad visitors by one point, but it was by no means an easy period.

Kurucz pushed the lead up to seven after going three-of-four from the line in the opening minute, 41-34. George Washington immediately answered back to pull within four with 2:44 remaining.

After that the closest the Patriots came to the lead was two points on two different occassions. Each time the Big Reds found a way to push back ahead with either Kurucz or Kirby finding a way to get to the basket or the free throw line.

The pair went a combined 11 of 14 from the free throw line and poured in 15 of the Big Reds' 17 fourth quarter points.

"Brooke and I have been practicing those fast breaks you saw in the game tonight in practice," said Kirby. "If we see one of us about to make a steal, the other one starts heading for the basket at the other end. It worked out pretty well for us tonight."

"We played a really good team tonight and they have beaten some teams that we haven't," said DeMoss. "I think our girls really played the smartest game of the year tonight.

"At the end also we didn't fold or go under. It is like a wave at the beach ... If you can get through the initial hit intact you will be all right and we did get through the main wave which was awesome for us."

The Big Reds will be back in action Thursday when they play host to Wheeling Park in a Region I, Section I semifinal.


Thursday, February 25
PHS firls beat Park in Sectional Semis, 46-40

Monday, February 15
PHS girls down Ripley, 46-41, on Senior Night

Thursday, February 11
Spring Valley Nips Big Reds in Sunrise Game at Little General Shootout

Tuesday, February 9
Pats Trip Parkersburg In Triple Overtime

Thursday, February 4
Big Red girls ride defensive effort to win over Winfield

Tuesday, February 2
Kurucz scores 1000th pt & beat Riverside by 26

Sunday, January 31
South wins round 2

Friday, January 29
PHS run streak to 3

Wednesday, January 27
Big Red girls soar over Eagles

Sunday, January 17
PHS 60, Nitro 17

Friday, January 15
Dunham, SC girls defeat Parkersburg 58-43

Tuesday, January 12
Patriots trounce Big Reds

Saturday, January 9
St. Albans girls' quick start leads to win over Parkersburg

Wednesday, January 6
PHS girls take down Hurricane

Wednesday, December 30
Big Reds Win Jack Stephens Tourney, Start New Year at 6-1

Tuesday, December 29
PHS, Warrren Headed to Finals

Sunday, December 27
8th Annual Jack Stephens Memorial Holiday Tournament Preview

Thursday, December 24
Big Red Fly Past the Hawks

Tuesday, December 22
Big Reds blast GW

Sunday, December 20
Sheffield leads HHS in blowout of Parkersburg

Saturday, December 12
Big Reds Blow Out Cabell Midland

Friday, December 11
Three-Game Stretch Against MSAC Opponents Awaits PHS

Friday, December 4
Big Reds Knock off Wheeling Park, 69-51

Friday, December 4
PHS Girls Open With 69-51 Win Against Wheeling Park

Friday, December 4
Bench Adds Depth to PHS Girls