Parkersburg South overcomes shooting woes, tops PHS

JAY W. BENNETT The Marietta Times Parkersburg's Parker Miller drives to the basket while Parkersburg South's Shane Snider tries to run him down during the Patriots' 51-46 victory against the Big Reds.

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg had its chances here Friday night against rival Parkersburg South inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center, but the host Patriots got a big game from senior Cole Plants and held off the Big Reds, 51-46, in front of an overflow crowd.

“What an environment,” said South head coach Mike Fallon, whose club held the Big Reds scoreless for a span of 9:32 in the middle two quarters and received a game-high 25 points along with 10 rebounds from Plants.

“This might be the most packed I’ve seen it since I’ve been here. It was loud. I apologize to our fans. They should get half of their money back for the way we played tonight.”

The two programs never found their stroke from long distance as South made just 3 of 22 and PHS went 3 of 20, which included back-to-back misses by Parker Miller and Dylan Shaver inside the final 2 minutes with the red and white trailing 45-42.

“It was a good game for December,” admitted PHS head man Jeff Mennillo, whose team was led by Miller’s 23 points and Brenton Strange’s double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. “I thought our kids defensively were really good. I thought we were disciplined.

JOE ALBRIGHT The Marietta Times Parkersburg South's Brayden Mooney looks to pass while Parkersburg's Kionte Peacock defends during Friday night's game inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

“You know, can’t be disappointed with your kids’ effort, but when you are 3 for 8 at the foul line and 3 for 20 from 3-point range and you lose by five points that hurts. That hurts.”

PHS, which dropped to 2-3 and plays host to Warren on Thursday, wasn’t able to tie it after trailing 45-42, but closed to within a deuce at 48-46 when Kionte Peacock scored in the paint thanks to a Jake Johnson assist with 24 seconds to play. However, the visitors missed 7 of 8 from downtown in the fourth and two foul shots by Seth Fallon with 7.9 ticks left iced the game and set the final score.

“I like the fact that we got down big twice and we came roaring back both times,” Mennillo added. “It’s heartbreaking for them because you get over here and steal one, what a great way to head into Christmas break.

“You know how much wind that puts into your sails, but we’ll be at it early tomorrow going back to the drawing board. There was a lot of good, but we’ve got to get better in areas.”

The Patriots, who held a 45-39 edge on the glass with both teams collecting 16 offensive boards, trailed 4-0 at the start, but stormed back with 13 unanswered points. Plants started it with a 3, a deuce and then a three-point play before Shane Snider, who finished with 14 points, had a three-point play of his own. A knock-away steal by Plants led to the final bucket as teammate Brayden Mooney got the ball and fired ahead for the assist on Plants’ lay-in.

PHS, though, closed out the period by scoring the final 10 points to take a 14-13 lead after one. Miller had five markers in the spurt, Jake Johnson had a hoop and Jacob McKnight’s trey capped it.

After Miller scored for a 16-15 cushion at 7:09 of the second, the Big Reds went cold and missed their final nine field goals of the half. Another three-point play by Plants with 4:32 to go in the half put South ahead for good and the hosts led 22-16 at the break when Malaki Sylvia scored inside on a second chance opportunity.

Parkersburg South, which improved to 3-1 and travels Wednesday to Spring Valley, appeared to take control in the third after Snider canned a trifecta and made a layup for a 34-21 bulge. PHS, which was outscored 9-2 in the second period as Strange rested the final 6:16 of the half after picking up his second foul, had other ideas and finished the stanza on an 11-2 run of its own to close to within 36-32 entering the fourth.

“When you play that way and find a way to win, that’s what you got to do, especially early ain the season,” added coach Fallon. “We’ve got a ton of things to work on and these guys will figure it out.

“This is our third game in four nights and like I told them, you can’t blame that on your legs. You have to find ways. You have to get a stop here. You’ve got to come up with different ways to score and I thought we did that in spurts.”

Coshocton 67,

Marietta 49

COSHOCTON — Devin Ryan led all scorers with 21 points as host Coshocton defeated Marietta High 67-49 Friday night.

Anthony Avendano was the only double-digit scorer for the Tigers with 10 points.

The Redskins finished with four players in double figures.

Marietta (2-5) is right back in action Saturday against Bellaire at Ohio University Eastern.

Fort Frye 67,

Monroe Central 38

WOODSFIELD, Ohio — Fort Frye clobbered host Monroe Central, 67-38, Friday night behind 14 points from Zane Greenleaf and 13 from Tyler Bradford.

Grayson Schott added 11, Brayson Schilling scored nine and Tate Engle netted eight for the Cadets, who led 37-22 at halftime and never looked back.

Monroe Central’s Ryan LaFollette led all scorers with 20 points.

Waterford 60,

Southern 56

RACINE — Wyatt Lang had a big game for Waterford Friday night, scoring 21 points and grabbing seven rebounds to lead Waterford to a 60-56 win over Southern.

It was far from a one-man show, though, as Travis Pottmeyer added 19 points while Bryce Hilverding tallied 13 points and four assists.

The Wildcats shot 40 percent (20 for 51) from the floor.

Ravenswood 90,

St. Marys 55

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — Jayden Rhodes, Isaiah Morgan and Stephen Dawson were a triple threat for Ravenswood in a 90-55 win over St. Marys Friday night at The Pit.

Rhodes scored a game-high 23 points and added three assists. Morgan posted 20 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Dawson added 22 points and 13 boards. Chase Swain tallied 11 points and five dimes for the 4-0 Red Devils.

St. Marys (1-2) was paced by Evan Lamp’s 22 points. William Steele notched a game-high eight assists.

GIRLS

Tyler Consolidated 69, Williamstown 63

KIDWELL, W.Va. — Four Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights scored in double figures, led by Josey Jones’ 18 points, in a 69-63 victory over Williamstown Friday night.

Tyler (5-2) also got 14 from Peyton Kocher, 13 from Amanda Reynolds and 10 apiece from Alexa Johnson and JoLee Walton. Walton added eight rebounds while Jones contributed five assists and four steals.

Bethany Arnold finished with a 14-point, 19-rebound double-double for Williamstown, while Bethany Wager and Jenna Pridemore scored 11 each for the Yellowjackets. Izzy Erb tallied five assists.

The game was tied at 33-all at halftime.

Parkersburg Catholic 52,

Notre Dame 39

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Parkersburg Catholic improved to 6-0 Friday with a 52-39 win over Notre Dame.

Fourteen points from Madeline Huffman paced the Crusaderettes, while Madison Ross added 10 and Aaliyah Brunny tallied nine.

Haylee Griffith led Notre Dame (5-2) with 14 while Taylor Martino added 12.

Catholic hosts the Mary “O” Crusaderette Classic next Wednesday and Thursday

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