Crusaderettes fall to Tyler Consolidated

STEVE HEMMELGARN The Marietta Times Parkersburg Catholic’s Reagan Shriver boxes out on a shot attempt during a high school girls basketball game Tuesday night.

PARKERSBURG — There was not much to shout about for host Parkersburg Catholic, the 12th-ranked Class A girls basketball team in West Virginia this week, after the Crusaderettes were done in decisively by Tyler Consolidated 81-64 Tuesday night.

The Silver Knights doubled their win total to two (2-7) as five Tyler cagers scored in double figures versus PCHS, led by JoLee Walton with 23 points. Both Josey Jones and Aleah Black netted 15 points, while Joralda Rice tallied 14 and Peyton Kocher added 11.

Catholic’s Alexis Saunders paced all point-producers on the night with 24, followed by teammates Emma Gardner with 16 and Mikayla Alkire with 13.

PCHS, now 7-3, fell behind right from the start as Tyler notched the initial seven points before disgusted Crusadertette head coach Marty Vierheller took a timeout at 3:31 with his team still scoreless.

The count got to 10-0 on a trey from Kocher, but a Saunders 3-ball finally put PCHS on the board at the 2:44 mark. And in the last 2:09 of the opening period, Catholic outpointed Tyler 7-1 to close the gap to 14-10.

The second stanza saw the Crusaderettes surge into the lead at 20-18 by 3:38 and a Saunders trey at 2:32 gave Catholic a four-point advantage at 26-22.

But Tyler took the edge back at 29-26 to cap a personal 5-0 all-foul shot run by Walton with 1:31 until the half. But a late PCHS rally with a Saunders hoop at 31.9 seconds knotted things at 32. Still, though, Tyler got a go-ahead basket right before the halftime horn made it 34-32 in the visitors’ favor at intermission.

Tyler put some distance between it and Catholic in the third quarter, stretching the lead to seven at 44-37 and then to 49-39 to cap off a 12-2 run.

Alkire, however, sparked a late-quarter PCHS charge to lead her team back to only a 51-47 deficit with 24 seconds to go, but no closer as Tyler led 53-47 heading to the final eight minutes.

Tyler took a commanding 63-47 lead in the fourth period before Catholic even scored. But Gardner and Saunders spearheaded a valiant comeback that brought back PCHS to within just 69-61 with 2:01 left, only to see Tyler go on a 12-3 run up to the final horn.