Parkersburg Big Reds Girls Basketball: Current News: PHS girls dismantle George Washington

Tuesday, December 19
PHS girls dismantle George Washington

PARKERSBURG — Visiting George Washington held a 17-15 advantage after one period of play against host Parkersburg Monday night inside PHS Memorial Fieldhouse.

However, the momentum swayed in the blink of an eye.

The Big Reds went on a 13-0 run in the opening two minutes of the second quarter on the way to a 78-54 win over the Patriots.

Overall in the period, PHS shot 11 of 20 from the field and pulled away for a victory after suffering the first loss of the campaign against Buckhannon-Upshur Friday at the IOGA Classic Class AAA Finals.

“We’ve talked about making the game slow down you have to remember we are still young still learning how to play,” said Cozzens on the second quarter turnaround.

“They are willing to go-go-go, but that doesn’t mean go-go-go and take a really bad shot. Today we did a really good job at inside-out and our stat guy had us for 57 percent from the floor in the first half and they were just a lot of good shots. That is what they can do if we share the ball.”

To Cozzens’ point, Shay-Lee Kirby, Madi Mace and Bre Wilson scored in double-digits.

Kirby collected five of her game-high 22 points during the second-quarter run. She nailed a duece to begin the stanza and then drained a trey with 5:20 left until halftime.

Wilson also drained a trey. She assisted teammate Tavien Clark on another one too.

GW’s Nevaeh Harmon’s deuce, the first of the quarter, with 4:20 left until halftime stopped the bleeding, but it was too late.

As if George Washington didn’t have enough to deal with during the period, the Patriots went cold from the field as well. Parkersburg’s press didn’t help matters either. GW had more turnovers than field goals, 5 to 3.

Two of Madi Mace’s 18 points gave the Big Reds their biggest lead of the game in the third period. The sophomore, who scored 6 of her team’s first 7 points, pushed the lead to 20 after a putback off one of her 9 rebounds.

Katy Darnell’s two free throws with seven seconds left in the third brought the Patriots within 17, but PHS pushed the issue in the closing stanza.

They outscored their visitors 15-8 and picked up win No. 5 of the young season.

Cozzens’ team sits on the win until after Christmas when it returns to action at Waterford Elementary School at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28.

The two teams already met once this year with the Big Reds coming away with a 56-52 home win over the Wildcats.