The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 18, 2013

MT Patriots topple Pirates 62-54

By Steve Keenan
Sports Editor

FAYETTEVILLE — Some nights, Curtis Miller has seen his team play solid defense.

Other nights, not so much.

Midland Trail’s 62-54 defeat of rival Fayetteville Saturday at the Fayette County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building fell into the latter category.

Labeling the Patriot win “very ugly,” Miller said his team’s defensive play was unacceptable. “One game we’ll play our best effort defensively, and the next game we’ll have absolutely no effort. This was the worst defensive effort we’ve had all year.”

The Patriots, though, did enough to keep the Pirates on the ropes most of the night. An inbound 3-point goal by Jake Grimmett pushed the Midland Trail lead to 54-40 with 3:35 left, but Fayetteville stayed in the fight. A pair of 3-pointers by Aaron Krise in the closing minutes pulled the Pirates back to within single digits, but they could get no closer than eight points.

“Midland Trail played hard,” said Fayetteville coach Todd Mann. “We took a lot of good shots, but we just couldn’t get the shots to fall.

“We just have to be able to finish.”

The Patriots utilized a 12-0 spurt spanning the end of the first period and the beginning of the second to break open an 8-8 game. The lead stood at 34-24 midway through the third stanza on a Tyler Skaggs drive, but the Pirates crept to within 40-32 at the end of the quarter on a Tyler McVey deuce with 0:23 to go.

Midland Trail, which won the first meeting between the two teams 69-44, placed five players in double figures in the scoring column Saturday. Rickie Carter led the way with 16 points, Collin Carte provided 13, and Grimmett, Skaggs and Austin Burdette scored 10 apiece.

Krise and Zach Semple netted 14 points each to power the Pirates. McVey and L.J. White chipped in eight each.

“In the first half, we stayed on the 3 line,” said Miller, who also said his squad, which made nine of 18 attempts at the charity stripe, must shoot free throws better. “In the second half, we started penetrating to the basket (and got higher-percentage field goal attempts).

“Tyler Skaggs played a great game penetrating and getting the ball to the bigs, Rickie Carter hit the boards hard, and Austin Burdette played hard. I was just disappointed with our defense.”

Mann, who also lamented his team’s free throw shooting (3 for 12), said the Pirates were able to keep Midland Trail in sight, but “we just couldn’t get over the hump.”

Midland Trail (8-11) entertains Class A No. 7 Greater Beckley Christian tonight. The Patriots dropped a 72-62 decision to the Crusaders early last week.

Fayetteville (5-15) is slated to host Meadow Bridge Thursday.



Midland Trail (8-11)

Jake Grimmett 4 1-2 10, Collin Carte 6 0-0 13, Tyler Skaggs 4 1-3 10, Rickie Carter 7 2-4 16, Austin Burdette 4 2-5 10, Ryan Wilson 0 1-2 1, Steven Blume 0 2-2 2, Tristan Minor 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 9-18 62.

Fayetteville (5-15)

Zach Semple 6 2-2 14, Aaron Krise 6 0-2 14, Tyler McVey 3 1-2 8, Jake Alton 3 0-0 6, Will Dooley 2 0-0 4, L.J. White 4 0-6 8, Caleb Bailes 0 0-0 0, Sam Abbott 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 3-12 54.

MT    18    10   12    22    —    62

F    8    14    10    22    —    54

3-point goals — MT: 3 (Grimmett, Carte, Skaggs); F: 3 (Krise 2, McVey). Fouled out — none.



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In other recent high school games:



Shady Spring 68

Oak Hill 53

Chase Connor led visiting Shady Spring with 27 points in a 68-53 victory over sectional rival Oak Hill on Thursday.

Oak Hill was led by Marc Logan, who tallied 16 points. Ervin Fruit supplied 12 and Joey Re 11.



Shady Spring 68, Oak Hill 53

Shady Spring (12-7)

Chase Connor 7 10-13 27, Steven Chhabra 3 0-0 6, Jordan Meadows 4 2-4 12, Tyler Bonds 3 1-1 7, Corey Snyder 1 0-0 2, Jacob Buckland 5 1-2 11, Juwan Rowe 2 0-0 4. Totals: 25 14-20 68.

Oak Hill (3-13)

Kadrin Goodman 2 3-4 7, Josh Jones 2 2-2 7, Marc Logan 8 0-0 16, Joey Re 3 5-7 11, Ervin Fruit 6 0-0 12. Totals: 21 10-13 53.

SS    20    23    8    16    —    68

OH   12    12    16    13    —    53

3-point goals — SS: 3 (Connor, Meadows 2); OH: 1 (Jones.) Fouled out — OH: Re SS: Rowe.



G. West 49

Oak Hill 35

Senior guard Rachel Redden scored 32 points to lift the Cavaliers Thursday.

Maddy Bridges added 10 points for West (4-14).

Sarah Kessler scored 11 points for Oak Hill (0-21), while Kaitlyn Goodman added 10 and Alyssa Barron eight.

The Red Devils will play at Shady Spring at 7 p.m. Monday in the Class AAA Region 3, Section 2 tournament.



Oak Hill (0-21)

Alyssa Barron 3 2-5 8, Kaitlyn Goodman 4 2-6 10, Caelea Teel 1 0-1 2, Sarah Kessler 3 5-6 11, Destini Davis 0 0-2 0, Breanna Ovalle 2 0-2 4. Totals: 13 9-22 35.

Greenbrier West (4-14)

Rachel Redden 9 9-13 32, Maddy Bridges 3 4-6 10, Amber Nutter 0 2-2 2, Jennifer Flack 1 0-0 3, Corbin Dewitt 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14 15-21 49.

OH   5    8    1    21    —    35

GW 10    16    12    11    —    49

3-point goals — OH: None; GW: 6 (Redden 5, Slack). Fouled out — OH: Barron. GW: Shea Amick.





Midland Trail 58

Meadow Bridge 33

Rickie Carter registered a double-double to lead Midland Trail past county rival Meadow Bridge Tuesday. Carter finished with 11 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.

Tyler Skaggs added 12 points and Jake Grimmett had 11 for the Patriots (7-11).

Cody White led Meadow Bridge with nine points, while Logan Pomeroy added eight points.



Meadow Bridge

Cody White 3 3-4 9, Logan Pomeroy 3 0-2 8, Marvin Bragg 0 1-3 1, Kaleb Farr 3 0-0 6, Trey Yates 1 0-0 2, Jennings Berry 0 3-6 3, Craig Peters 2 0-1 4. Totals: 12 7-16 33.

Midland Trail (7-11)

Collin Carte 3 0-2 6, Jake Grimmett 4 1-2 11, Tyler Skaggs 5 0-1 12, Rickie Carter 4 3-6 11, Austin Burdette 1 0-0 2, Steven Blume 1 0-0 2, Ryan Wilson 1 2-4 4, Tristan Minor 3 0-0 8, Nate Vaught 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 6-15 58.

MB    8    8    4    13    —    33

MT    13    11    17    17    —    58

3-point goals — MB: 2 (Pomeroy); MT: 6 (Grimmett 2, Skaggs 2, Minor 2). Fouled out — MB (Pomeroy).





Fayetteville 55

G. West 28

The Pirate girls coasted in the mid-week contest.

Jessica Brown led the way for Fayetteville (14-5) with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Avina Sedlock contributed 13 points and Kathryn Peelish scored eight. Erica Hogan scored five points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Other scorers were: Maddie Pritt, 3; Kayla Wood, 2; Sarah Roehrig, 2; and Brandi Richmond, 1.

Maddy Bridges led the Cavaliers with nine points.

Top-seeded Fayetteville begins section play Tuesday at home.





Valley 81

Fayetteville 33

The Class A No. 10 Valley Greyhounds buried 11 3-point buckets and had six players in double figures to roll past county rival Fayetteville Wednesday.

Raeshawn Breckenridge paced the Valley onslaught with 14 points, Arik McGinnis had 12, and Henry Barron added 11. Keyshawn Payne, Zac Warden and Druw Bowen chipped in 10 points apiece.

Zach Semple led Fayetteville with a game-high 17 points.



Fayetteville

Zach Semple 3 11-13 17, Tyler McVey 2 0-0 5, Jake Alton 2 1-2 6, Will Dooley 1 0-0 2, L.J. White 1 1-4 3. Totals: 9 13-19 33.

Valley (13-6)

Henry Barron 4 0-0 11, Keyshawn Payne 3 2-2 10, Raeshawn Breckenridge 6 0-0 14, Cody Winter 1 0-0 3, Aaron Liddle 1 0-0 3, Zac Warden 4 2-2 10, Dante Wilkerson 4 0-0 8, Arik McGinnis 5 0-0 12, Druw Bowen 5 0-0 10. Totals: 33 4-4 81.

F    11    7    12    3    —    33

V    23    24    23    11    —    81

3-point goals — F: 2 (McVey, Alton); V: 11 (Barron 3, Payne 2, Breckenridge 2, Winter, Little, McGinnis 2). Fouled out — none.