St. Marys, Catholic boys fall in regional co-finals

Photo by Josh Strope St. Marys’ Isaak Mooney (5) handles the ball during Wednesday’s Class A, Region I co-final against Wheeling Central. Wheeling Central won, 91-61.

WHEELING, W.Va.–Buckets were falling at a rapid pace on Wednesday night at Coach Skip Prosser Court.

Wheeling Central buried 17 3-pointers as it raced past St. Marys in a Class A Region One Co-Final by a 91-61 count, punching its ticket for a sixth consecutive state tournament appearance.

The Maroon Knights did so without 1,000-point scorer and first team all-state senior Brent Price, who sat out with an injury but will be ready to go for the first-round battle in Charleston.

In his absence, Owen Gainer continued his incredible season with 26 points and six 3-pointers. He also received help from Ian Georges and Jalen Creighton who netted 13 and 12 points, respectively, and combined for six treys.

“We shot the ball really well,” Central coach Mel Stephens said. “Ian Georges has been playing really well for us and he stepped into Brent’s spot (Wednesday). He knocked down some big shots and of course you expect that from Owen.

“Jalen also came off the bench and made some big 3’s for us, too.”

St. Marys coach Mark Barnhart prepared his team for the sharpshooters of Central but once shots started falling, it was hard to stop.

“You knew that a barrage was coming because you know what kind of talent they have,” Barnhart said. “It is easy to get the kids ready for it but to deal with it in this atmosphere is another thing.

“You have to be able to weather that storm and we can’t go down and take a quick shot and that’s what we were guilty of.”

The Knights’ aggressive defensive pressure forced 13 turnovers and took its toll on the Blue Devils.

Evan Lamp was outstanding for St. Marys as he turned in 26 points, while Isaak Mooney provided 11 and Peyton Auxier added eight.

Tug Valley 84,

Parkersburg Catholic 41

NAUGATUCK, W.Va. — Tyler May went off for a game-high 31 points for host Tug Valley here Wednesday night and the Panthers breezed past Parkersburg Catholic, 84-41, to win a Class A, Region IV co-final.

PCHS, which concluded its campaign at 14-11, received 14 points apiece from Cade Ulman and Patrick Copen. Crusader Jeb Boice added 11 markers.

The 18-7 Panthers, who made 22 of 31 from the foul line compared to PCHS’ 6 of 10 showing, also had a 16-point effort from Nathan Layne and 11 tallies by Jonathan Blankenship.

“They came out hot and we didn’t play very well in the first quarter,” said Crusader head coach Rob Strcula, whose club trailed 20-8 after one and 42-23 at intermission. “We fought back and cut it to 11 with about 2 minutes to go and they ended the quarter on the big run.”

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