Midland girls win defensive battle over Hurricane, 40-26
ONA — Cabell Midland and Hurricane didn’t rewrite any of West Virginia’s girls basketball offensive records during their game Thursday in Ona where the Knights took a 40-26 win over the Redskins.
Both teams were on their defensive “A” games though.
Each of the Mountain State Athletic Conference rivals had only one player reach double figures in scoring. Freshman Rylee Allie scored 12 for the Knights and the Redskins’ Nadia Legros matched her.
Allie focused on the negative when asked to assess her game and said she had a lot to work on.
“I could have driven better and I felt I could have defended better,” the Knights’ guard said. “I hustled though.”
Cabell Midland (8-3) struggled to knock down its 3-point shots, but found some success early from the perimeter. It didn’t last.
The Knights won the rebound battle with junior forward Gracie Hightower leading the way with 13. But put-backs on the offensive end often didn’t fall and missed layups didn’t turn Cabell Midland’s turnover edge into an advantage.
“We won,” Cabell Midland head coach Matt Adkins said. “I thought we got outhustled. The girls didn’t quit though.”
After building a 26-14 lead at halftime, Cabell Midland struggled in the third quarter to make any shots. Even foul shots wouldn’t go in for the Knights.
In the fourth quarter, Cabell Midland sealed the win by spreading the floor and using its guards to drive and penetrate. It was a strategy Adkins wanted to use throughout the game, but one his team couldn’t execute.
From the top of the key, Emilie Charles once hit Allie with a pass while she was streaking down the lane for an easy layup. Senior Kirya Kingery got a steal at half-court and converted a layup on the other end to counter a Hurricane basket that cut the lead to eight.
Charles found Autumn Lewis open for an easy basket in the lane with 1:06 to play that made it 38-26. Lewis then drove for the final basket with 29 seconds to play and set the final score.
Allie said effective practices will help the Knights focus for Monday’s game at South Charleston. The Black Eagles are the only team in West Virginia to have a victory over Cabell Midland this season after they defeated the Knights 42-33 on Jan. 4.
Hurricane (3-6) lost its third straight game and has dropped four of its last five contests.
“After our last game I wanted to see us come in, handle the ball well and play harder,” Hurricane head coach Shawn Lucas said. “I thought we played well. We got (George Washington) tomorrow. We played good defense and I think we have a bright future.”
HURRICANE 8 6 6 8 -- 26: Legros 12, Pifer 6, Dempsey 2, Adams 2, Lucas 2, Kenworthy 2.
CABELL MIDLAND 12 14 4 10 -- 40: Allie 12, Kingery 4, Lewis 9, Hightower 4, Charles 6, Adkins 5.