The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 24, 2014

Midland Trail girls advance in basketball tourney

Sports Editor

— Perhaps a little road-weary after playing at Greenbrier East and Buffalo the previous two nights, the Midland Trail girls stumbled out of the gates in their section tournament opener Friday.

The Midland Trail girls still managed to defeat Richwood 52-44 Friday in the opening round of Class A Region 3, Section 2 play at WVU Tech.

“In the first quarter, we came out real slow,” said Midland Trail coach Matt Harper. “In the final quarter, we took care of business.”

Emily Carte scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Patriots. “Emily Carte is playing real well right now,” Harper said.

Teammate Marissa Workman scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Madison Syner contributed 14 rebounds.

Hannah Brown led Richwood with 14 points and Demmi Smallwood had 13.

Midland Trail (9-11) advances to play No. 2 seed Meadow Bridge at 8 p.m. Tuesday at WVU Tech.

The Patriots lost twice to the Wildcats during the regular season, 49-35 and 44-41. Harper said, while his team did play better against Meadow Bridge at home on Jan. 30, some untimely turnovers eventually proved to be the Patriots’ downfall.

A key for Trail will be to slow down Meadow Bridge’s top scorer, senior Caitlin White. “She’s pretty tough,” he said.

Meadow Bridge (15-5) enters the postseason on a skid, having lost three straight contests.

In the other semifinal Tuesday, the top-seeded Fayetteville Pirates (14-6) will tangle with Greenbrier West (11-8), which vanquished Valley in the other Friday game.

“We’ve done pretty well against our sectional teams,” Fayetteville coach John Mark Kincaid said. “The whole section’s really young this year.”

“We’ve played some really tough schools,” he added. “The last time we played Midland Trail was a really good game.

“If we don’t play well, we could go home in the first round.”

The Pirates defeated Greenbrier West 56-36 the only time the two teams played each other. FHS owns a pair of wins over Trail, 72-35 and 50-44, and the Pirates whipped Meadow Bridge 52-30 in the lone 2013-14 meeting between those two squads.

The Section 2 championship contest is set for Thursday, Feb. 27 at Tech.



The Oak Hill girls open Class AAA Region 3, Section 2 play at Princeton at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

The survivor faces top-seeded Greenbrier East at Fairlea at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The championship game is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. on the court of the higher-seeded school.

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Midland Trail 52, Richwood 44

Richwood (1-18)

Megan Chambers 5 2-2 13, Erica Lawrence 3 0-0 6, Demmi Smallwood 1 0-0 2, Hannah Brown 5 1-2 14, Cora Younts 1 0-0 2, Jenn Shelford 1 0-0 2, Hannah Green 1 3-6 5. Totals: 17 6-10 44.

Midland Trail (9-11)

Haley Nickell 0 1-2 1, Jesika Cooper 2 4-4 9, Emily Carte 8 2-2 19, Marissa Workman 5 3-4 14, Emily Keeney 2 0-0 4, Madison Syner 1 3-4 5. Totals: 18 13-16 52.

R    5    15    18    6    —    44

MT  7    15    13    17    —    52

3-point goals — R: 4 (Chambers, Brown 3); MT: 3 (Cooper, Carte, Workman). Fouled out — none.견