Prep basketball: HSJ girls dominate Greenbrier East
LEWISBURG, W.Va. - Huntington St. Joe’s tour of West Virginia’s best in girls basketball continued on Wednesday night.
And just as the Irish have done repeatedly this season, Huntington St. Joe proved to be too much for a Class AAA opponent on the road.
The Irish used a big third quarter to distance themselves from Greenbrier East en route to a 76-54 win over the Spartans in Lewisburg in high school girls basketball action on Wednesday.
Paige Shy and Hannah Roberts led Huntington St. Joe (13-1) while Dena Jarrells added 13 points and Dianna Gray netted 10 off the bench.
Huntington St. Joe was able to use defense to translate to offense, using tempo to get the Spartans out of sequence. Greenbrier East (12-2) finished with 34 turnovers on the evening.
Shy and Bailee Adkins each had seven steals to lead the Irish on the defensive end. The Irish scored 41 points off of turnovers in the win.
In a fast-paced contest that featured 54 total turnovers and end-to-end action throughout, Huntington St. Joe used a strong sequence out of the halftime break to take control.
The Irish outscored Greenbrier East 20-9 in the third quarter to turn a close contest into a 19-point affair after three quarters.
Haley McClure scored a game-high 27 points while grabbing nine rebounds in the loss for the Spartans.
The game was added to the schedule after the Irish had a game against Carolina Prep canceled due to weather concerns recently.
With the win, Huntington St. Joe, ranked No. 1 in Class A, has wins over top-ranked Parkersburg, No. 2 Greenbrier East and No. 4 South Charleston. All of the wins have come by more than 17 points.
HUNTINGTON ST. JOE 23 16 20 17 - 76: Adkins 9, Jarrells 13, Roberts 17, Shy 17, Hickman 5, Preservati 1, Ab. Lee 4, Gray 10
GREENBRIER EAST 18 13 9 14 - 54: Bartenslager 5, McClure 27, Dotson 7, Hill 6, Damon 9
SPRING VALLEY 63, RIPLEY 58: C.J. Meredith led all scorers with 26 and Doug Nester added 10 snap the Timberwolves’ four-game losing streak at Ripley Wednesday. Spring Valley improved to 8-6 on the year and will return home Friday to face St. Albans. Ripley (5-7) was by Isaac Putnam with 20 points and Ty Johnson with 17.
SPRING VALLEY 15 14 17 17 - 63: Maynard 6, Ellis 4, Booth 9, Malashevich 8, Nester 10, Meredith 26.
RIPLEY 13 13 14 18 - 58: Riffe 3, Scholl 8, Fouty 2, Wickersham 2, Robertson 6, Ty Johnson 17, Isaac Putnam 20.
Tuesday games, boys
TUG VALLEY 81, HUNTINGTON ST. JOE 63: Ethan Colegrove scored 20 and Tyler Chaffin 17 for the Panthers in a win at home. Caleb May added 14 points and Ian Reed 10.
Samuel Adkins and Cory Sweeney each tossed in 20 points for the Irish and Noah Bolton chipped in 11.
CHESAPEAKE 56, SOUTH POINT 38: Eli Archer scored 13 and Tylan Hutchinson 10 as the Panthers (10-5 overall, 3-5 OVC) won a road game. Austin Webb scored 14 and Chance Gunther 10 for the Pointers (6-8, 3-5).
COAL GROVE 64, PORTSMOUTH 33: Cory Borders and Jaylen McKenzie each scored 15 as the Hornets (11-4 overall, 6-2 OVC) beat the Trojans in Portsmouth, Ohio. Matthew Fraulini led the Trojans (6-9, 2-6) with 19 points.
ROSE HILL CHRISTIAN 71, FAIRVIEW 64: The Royals won a 64th District game for the first time since 2009, a streak of 70 games, as Kenny Wilburn scored 33.
GALLIA ACADEMY 58, ROCK HILL 34: The Blue Devils (8-4 overall, 6-2 Ohio Valley Conference) had more offensive rebounds (18) than the Redmen had total (15) in a victory in Pedro, Ohio. Logan Blouir led Gallia Academy with 15 points. Cory Call scored 14 and Justin McClelland 11. Brayden Malone led Rock Hill (3-10, 0-8) with 10 points.
IRONTON ST. JOE 78, SCIOTOVILLE EAST 51: Zach Roach entertained the home crowd by scoring 40 points and led the Flyers (11-3) past the Tartans (1-10). Jimmy Mahlmeister backed Roach with 15 points. Will Shope led East with 21 points. Kyle Flanner scores 16.
JACKSON 63, RIVER VALLEY 46: The Ironmen (12-5) had a 41-17 rebounding advantage and beat the Raiders (2-11) in Bidwell, Ohio. Caleb Wallis scored 26 and Cooper Donaldson 19 for Jackson. Jordan Lambert led River Valley with 21 points. Myles Morrison chipped in 10.
EASTERN MEIGS 72, POINT PLEASANT 62: Garrett Barringer scored 26 to help the Eagles (8-5) defeat the Big Blacks (2-10) in Reedsville, Ohio. Ryan Dill scored 14, Mason Dishong 12 points and Isaiah Fish 11. Braxton Yates scores 22, Hunter Bush 21 and Kyelar Morrow 12 for Point Pleasant.
Tuesday games, girls
WAYNE 55, MINGO CENTRAL 35: Lakin Adkins scored 23 to lead the Pioneers. Alana Eades added 11 points. Scarlett Thomason led Mingo Central with 14 points.
HURRICANE 43, RIVERSIDE 41: Callen Bostic made five 3-pointers, scored 19 and led the Redskins to a home win. Nadia Legros scored 13. Jasmine Symns led the Warriors with 19 points. Alyssa Burns chipped in 10.
SISSONVILLE 80, POINT PLEASANT 47: Laila Arthur scored 26 and Alexis Bailey 15 as the Indians (13-2) rolled to a road win. Sydney Farmer added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Zoey McCutcheon chipped in 10 points. Allison Henderson and Brooke Warner each scored 12 to pace the Big Blacks (2-14).
OVC 36, HANNAN 20: Ohio Valley Christian (9-9) outscored the Wildcats (6-7) 24-6 in the second half for a triumph in Gallipolis, Ohio. Emily Childers paced the Defenders with 17 points Chloe Payne scores 13. Bailey Coleman led Hannan with 10 points.