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Jeff Kisner
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Wednesday, February 12
GW 54, PHS 44

PARKERSBURG -The chase for supremacy in the East Division of the Mountain State Athletic Conference put George Washington on a pedestal for the time being and left Parkersburg fighting for runner-up.

Friday night at Memorial Fieldhouse, George Washington overtook PHS late in the first quarter and relinquished the lead for only a brief moment early in the third quarter while defeating the Big Reds 54-44.

With the victory, the Patriots improve to 9-6 and 4-0 in the MSAC East Division and control their own destiny with Ripley next on the slate Monday night.

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Photo by Jeff Baughan
Parkersburg's Alison Schumacher, right, is guarded by George Washington's Jessica Lowen Friday. George Washington won, 54-44.

"This was a huge game for us in the East Division," George Washington coach Jamie LaMaster said. "I know the west is stronger this year, but at the same time it is still a goal to win the east and represent our side. And we're one step closer to that tonight."

Despite making 10 3-pointers, PHS drops to 5-12 and 3-1 in the MSAC East Division.

"We played good defense and had good intensity, but we didn't rebound very well," PHS coach Kenny DeMoss said. "It's frustrating because this game was very pivotal and could decide who wins our side of the conference."

In a sign of things to come, the first three field goals for PHS originated from beyond the 3-point arc and gave the Big Reds a 9-6 late in the first quarter.

PHS maintained the three-point edge at 11-8 when George Washington took the lead with an eight-point run. Jessica Lowen capped the series with four straight points.

The gap reached six points when a three-pointer the old fashioned way from Brooke Kurucz followed by a bucket from downtown by Nicole Dent tied the game at 22 with 1:27 remaining in the first half.

George Washington had the final say before intermission when Kelli Jo Harrison knocked down one of only two treys from the Patriots for a 25-22 halftime advantage.

"Parkersburg did a good job of pressuring us and making us play faster than we really wanted to," LaMaster said. "I felt like we were playing their game instead of our game. My No. 1 concern at halftime was were we going to run an offense. Our basketball I.Q. wasn't real high tonight -especially late in the game."

A bucket from Kurucz, who finished with a team-high 14 points, put PHS in front for the final time at 27-26. With the contest even at 28, George Washington outscored the Big Reds 12-3 over a 5 1/2 minute span.

The Patriots led by as many as 11 points at 48-37.

Even with four 3-pointers, including a pair from Susanne Oplinger, PHS could get no closer than six points in the fourth quarter. The Patriots sealed the win by converting 8-of-11 free throws in the final four minutes.

George Washington's Hailey Stewart scored a game-high 12 points

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