WILLIAMSTOWN - The Wood County Christian Lady Wildcats overcame a sluggish opening quarter start and went on to easily down the visiting Teays Valley Christian Lady Lions 49-16 Friday night.
WCC trailed TVC 10-7 after the first eight minutes of play before erupting on both the offensive and defensive sides of the floor in what proved to be the pivotal second quarter.
"We have had some trouble getting started in games this year," said third- year Lady Wildcat head coach Dave Weekley. "We woke up towards the end of the first quarter and we showed what we are capable of the next two quarters."
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Wood County Christian’s Heather Lord, right, attempts a free-throw during prep girs’ basketball action in Williamstown Friday. WCC won 49-16.
What the Lady Cats proved to be capable of was complete domination of the game as evidenced by the 30-0 run that stretched all the way thru the second quarter and some five minutes into the third.
Freshman Hannah Lord got the run started with a bucket to open the second quarter and Sarah Barnett followed with a score that would give WCC an 11-10 lead. The next 14 Wood County Christian points would come courtesy of the Lord twins with Hannah Lord providing 10 and twin sister Heather adding the other four.
Rachel Ruble rounded out the half for the Wildcats with a field goal on a nice assist from Heather Lord as WCC completed a nifty 20-0 second period that turned the three-point deficit into a 17-point halftime lead at 27-10.
WOOD COUNTY CHRISTIAN 49 TEAYS VALLEY CHRISTIAN 16
Teays Valley Christian 10 0 5 1 - 16
Wood County Christian 7 20 14 8 - 49
Teays Valley Christian (7-10)
Olivia Hill 1 0-0 2, Rachel Kiser 1 0-0 2, Gracie Kiser 0 0-0 0, Crista Larue 1-4 0-0 3, Abigail Dillon 1 0-0 2, Gabby Harrah 2 3-6 7, Maria Surface 0 0-0 0, Cara Taylor 0 0-0 0, Paige Williams 0-4 0-0 0, Mikayla Myers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 6 3-6 16.
Wood County Christian (12-6)
Hannah Lord 9 3-4 23, Heather Lord 4 3-4 11, Sarah Barnett 2 0-3 4, Adria Herridge 1 0-2 2, Katie Ward 1 0-0 2, Mary Catherine Becker 0 0-0 0, Caroline Eckels 0 0-0 0, Rebecca Morris 0 0-0 0, Jenni Menear 1 0-0 2, Lexi Gutberlet 1 0-0 2, Rinnah Ward 0 0-0 0, Sophia Knolle 0 0-0 0, Rachel Ruble 1 1-2 3. Totals: 20 (7-15) 49.
Teays Valley Christian: Shooting 6-36 (16.7 percent) Three-Point Shooting: 1-6 (16.7 percent) (Larue 1), Rebounds: 31 (R. Kiser 7, Larue 5, Dillon 5), Assists: 2 (Hill, R.Kiser), Turnovers: 27, Steals: 14 ( Hill 3, R. Kiser 3), Team Fouls: 8.
Wood County Christian: Shooting: 20-54 (37 percent), Three-Point Shooting: 2-3 ( 66.7 percent) (Heather Lord 2), Rebounds: 33 (Barnett 6, Ruble 5, Becker 5), Assists: 13 (Heather Lord 4, Hannah Lord 3), Turnovers:19, Steals: 20 ( Hannah Lord 6, Heather Lord 4), Team Fouls: 9.
Next Game: Wood County Christian, Tuesday home vs. Calhoun.
The Lord girls picked up right where they left off in the third quarter as Heather opened the half with a short jumper on an assist from her sister and Hanna followed with a trey with Heather notching the assist to make it 32-10.
Barnett added a field goal and when Ruble connected on 1-of-2 free throw attempts, the Wildcat lead stood at a comfortable 37-10.
Abigail Dillon cashed in on an offensive rebound with just three minutes to play in the third quarter to finally get the Lady Lions back on the board for the first time since the opening quarter.
"We try to really encourage the girls to get after it on defense," said Weekley of his Lady Cats defense which forced 27 TVC turnovers in the game. "There are nights offensively when shots won't fall, you have to stop them. If they can't score they can't get ahead of you."
Rachel Kiser's jumper for the Lions cut the lead to 23, but Hannah Lord and Katie Ward finished the third with back-to-back buckets to make the score 41-15 heading to the fourth period.
The big lead allowed both teams to empty the benches for the final quarter as 24 girls got to see at least some playing time between the two squads.
Hannah Lord led all scorers with 23 points while Heather chipped in with 11.
Heather dished out a game-high four assists while Hanna added three assists and six steals for the Wildcats.
Weekley sees improvement on a nightly basis and a very bright future ahead for the Lord girls in their very first season of organized basketball.
"They know how to work with each other very well and now they are learning to work with the team the same way," said Weekley of his freshman standouts. "They are both dispersing the ball very well and doing a good job of finding the open shot."
The Lady Wildcats won the battle of the boards by a slim 33-31 margin with Barnett grabbing a team high six boards, while Ruble and Mary Catherine Becker added five apiece.
Gabby Harrah paced the Lady Lions in scoring with seven points while Kiser yanked down a game high seven rebounds.
TVC fell to 7-10 with the loss while WCC improved to 12-6 on the season with the victory.
The Lady Wildcats will remain home to host Calhoun on Tuesday night.