Catholic rolls past Silver Knights

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic’s 1-2-3 punch of 5-11 freshman Aaliyah Brunny, sophomore Madeline Huffman and senior Olivia Ullman combined for 24, 18 and 18 points respectively Tuesday night as the host Crusaderettes bested Tyler Consolidated 84-56.

PCHS, now 2-0, welcomes in Gilmer County at 7 p.m. Friday in a varsity-only appearance, while Tyler, now 1-1, takes on visiting St. Marys, also on Friday, at 7:30 p.m.

Catholic got off to a fast start, bolting out to a quick 7-2 advantage in the first 1:06 of play. But Tyler rallied back to gain a 10-9 lead at the 5:11 mark on a hoop by Josey Jones, who eventually would end up with a team-high 21 points.

However, then PCHS ran off 13 straight points to surge ahead 22-10 and led 22-15 after one period of play.

A 28-15 second stanza in the Crusaderettes’ favor pushed the home team out to a 50-30 margin by halftime, and the spread was 68-43 going into the fourth quarter after the finishing touches in the third quarter had the lead at 81-50 with just 2:45 left.

Tyler also got double-digit point-production from JoLee Walton with 15 points and 11 from Peyton Kocher.

“We did get off to a good start, which is always helpful,” noted PCHS head coach Marty Vierheller. “There was a lot of energy out there tonight. I think that’s what it really boiled down to. We really got after it tonight, and I was really pleased with the team effort.”

On Brunny, Vierheller said, “Aaliyah has fit into what we’re doing here quite well, and really doesn’t play like a freshman.”

Vierheller added that “this was a good quality team win for us. And in my 12 years here, this is the best defense that we’ve played. But we still have a lot to learn, and we’re young yet.

“Our girls all contribute, but more importantly, they support one another and are unselfish. There isn’t a jealous player on our roster, and that’s what allows this to happen.”