The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 26, 2014

Pirates, Patriots eye section championship

By Steve Keenan
Sports Editor

MONTGOMERY — Top-seeded Fayetteville easily advanced to Thursday’s Class A Region 3, Section 2 girls basketball championship, but the second seed, Meadow Bridge, wasn’t as fortunate.

In semifinal action Tuesday at WVU Tech’s Baisi Athletic Center, Fayetteville (15-6) posted a 55-36 verdict over Greenbrier West in the early game. That was followed by No. 3 seed Midland Trail’s 38-25 upset of No. 2 seed Meadow Bridge, setting up a Fayetteville-Midland Trail clash at 7 p.m. tonight at Tech for the championship.

Following is a review of the contests:

Fayetteville 55

G. West 36

Junior Maddie Pritt scored 20 points to lead Fayetteville past Greenbrier West in the first semifinal. Freshman Kendall Malay added 12 points for the Pirates.

Kristen Harris had a big game for the Cavaliers, scoring a game-high 23 points.

West pulled to within nine points, 30-21, with 4:45 left in the third quarter, but Fayetteville proceeded on a 12-0 spurt to salt the game away. Pritt buried a 3-pointer, Avina Sedlock converted a baseline drive, Kaitlyn Sisler scored on a putback, Malay scored a deuce and Pritt closed off the run with another trey from the right wing, stretching the advantage to 42-21 with 1:30 left.

West’s Myka Perry ended the run with a two-point goal at the 1:07 mark, but the damage had been done.

“We went to the full-court man and that got them rattled and a little tired,” said Fayetteville coach John Mark Kincaid. “We missed easy layups and our foul shooting (11 for 31) was poor.”

Hs team also saw several players incur early foul trouble. “I’m just glad we played a lot of people during the year,” Kincaid said.

Looking ahead to tonight’s tussle with Midland Trail, Kincaid said, “It should be a good game.”

Fayetteville defeated Midland Trail in both regular season games, but the second outing was much closer. In fact, the Patriots led in the second half before falling 50-44 on Feb. 6.

“We always get their ‘A’ game,” Kincaid said. “They get after it when they play us.

“It’s an intense game.”

“If we make a few shots and get in our defensive pressure, we’re pretty daggone good,” said Kincaid.

Midland Trail coach Matt Harper says the keys for his team will be two-fold. “We have to get the ball inside; Madison Syner will have to have a big game,” he said. “And we have to not let their pressure bother us.”

Greenbrier West (11-9)

Emily Holliday 0 0-6 0, Kristen Harris 9 5-10 23, Abby Nickell 0 3-4 3, Myka Perry 1 2-4 4, Amber Nutter 1 2-4 4, Maddie Bridges 0 2-2 2. Totals: 11 14-30 36.

Fayetteville (15-6)

Maddie Pritt 6 5-11 20, Avina Sedlock 1 3-4 5, Kathryn Peelish 3 0-0 6, Kendall Malay 5 2-9 12, Kaitlyn Sisler 1 1-2 3, Kaylee Wood 2 0-2 4, Faith Norris 1 0-1 3, Hannah Franklin 1 0-2 2. Totals: 20 11-31 55.

GW    6    12    7    11    —    36

F    16    14    13    12    —    55

3-point goals — GW: none; F: 4 (Pritt 3, Norris). Fouled out — Holliday, Perry, Nickell (GW); Sedlock, Peelish, Wood (F).

Midland Trail 38

Meadow Bridge 25

Midland Trail’s defense stifled Meadow Bridge the entire game, leading to an upset victory for the Patriots in the second semifinal.

Senior Marissa Workman led Trail (10-11) with 13 points and Jesika Cooper added 11. Workman cleared 10 rebounds and had three steals, Emily Carte and Madison Syner had six boards each, and Cooper registered four steals.

Meadow Bridge was led by senior Caitlin White, who netted 11 points.

“We knew Caitlin White was their best player, so we had to always know where she was going to be. We lost her twice in the first half and she had two big threes,” said MT coach Matt Harper. “We played better team defense than we did all year long.”

He also said several younger players stepped up their games and ‘played big minutes,’ including Abby Sevy, Haley Nickell and Emily Keeney.

Meadow Bridge coach Steve Taylor said, “Hats off to them; they did everything better.”

Meadow Bridge finished 15-6, but lost its last four games.

“We’re not disappointed with our season at all,” Taylor said. “We had a wonderful season.

“We’re just a little disappointed (with the conclusion).”

“We had some injury situations down the stretch, and we played without Courtney Mullins,” Taylor added. Mullins, a starter averaging about 8.0 points a game, was serving the second game of a two-game suspension for an altercation during the Richwood game.

Of Tuesday, he said, “They (Trail) caused some turnovers, and we missed easy putbacks. That spells disaster.”

Midland Trail (10-11)

Abby Sevy 2 0-0 4, Haley Nickell 0 1-2 1, Jesika Cooper 4 1-2 11, Emily Carte 2 1-2 5, Marissa Workman 2 8-10 13, Madison Syner 2 0-0 4. Totals: 12 11-16 38.

Meadow Bridge (15-6)

Ally Redden 1 1-2 4, Caitlin White 3 2-6 11, Felicia Pomeroy 2 1-4 5, Micah Farr 0 5-12 5. Totals: 6 9-24 25.

MT    14    11    8    5    —    38

MB    8    11    2    4    —    25

3-point goals — MT: 3 (Cooper 2, Workman); MB: 4 (Redden, White 3). Fouled out — none.