St. Marys dominates Wirt County

JAY W. BENNETT The Marietta Times Wirt County’s Taylor Anderson, left, comes away with a loose ball as St. Marys’ Addie Furr reacts during a high school girls basketball game Thursday in Elizabeth, W.Va.

ELIZABETH, W.Va. — Host Wirt County and its gang of eight kept within striking distance through three quarters here Thursday evening, but preseason No. 7 St. Marys was too much in the end as the Blue Devils ran past the Tigers, 54-26, in the opener for both Little Kanawha Conference programs.

Addie Furr led the Blue Devils, who are off until a road trip next Friday at Tyler Consolidated, with game-highs of 21 points and eight steals while tying teammate Lara Fetty (three points, 10 boards, four steals) for game-high assist honors with five.

“Our youth and inexperience showed a little more than we hoped, but we’ll get better,” said SMHS head coach Howard Meeks, whose club was playing for longtime Blue Devil supporter and former Pleasants County bus driver Clinton Hall, who died this week. “He drove me on my first bus trip to Gilmer County as the golf coach.”

The Tigers of head coach Mike Hughes, who welcome in Roane County for a 7 p.m. varsity-only affair today since the orange and black have just eight players, couldn’t overcome 37 turnovers and a 21.6 percent shooting effort (11 of 51) from the field.

Emma Wyer, who finished with eight points, 11 rebounds and a game-high three blocks, had a pair of putbacks midway through the third to keep the Tigers in the game at 26-17.

The deficit was trimmed to eight at 27-19 with 2:12 left in the stanza after Loden Campbell (nine rebounds, four assists) fed Taylor Anderson (nine points) for a running kiss in the lane.

However, Alexis Hashman, who had four points as well as four assists and as many steals, canned a 15-foot jumper and the Blue Devils pushed ahead 31-19 entering the fourth after Destiny Scott scored a deuce for part of her six markers.

St. Marys got consecutive 3s from Ciara Bennett and Furr to ignite a 12-0 spurt to open the fourth. Furr followed with a lay-in thanks to a Fetty assist. Kylie Wright, who added 14 points and six rebounds, then scored back-to-back hoops with assists from Furr and Olivia DeWeese.

Anderson’s 19-foot jumper at the 4:46 mark via a Shelby Simonton kick-out pass finally broke the run, but the orange and black trailed 43-21.

Wirt County’s Morgan Wagner tied Wyer for game-high rebounding honors with 11.

The Blue Devils, who shot 35.9 percent (23 of 64) but made just 2 of 17 from downtown compared to the Tigers’ 2 of 19 effort from 3-point land, led 12-10 after one and 22-13 at intermission.