Warren girls sharp in 59-31 victory over Athens

Photo courtesy of Melissa Liston Warren’s Madison Miller (5) brings the ball up the court during a high school girls basketball game against Athens Thursday night in Vincent.

VINCENT — Molly Grayson had another big game.

After scoring a career-high 17 points in a Warren win at Linsly (W.Va.) Monday, the 5-foot-3 junior point guard tallied 15 markers in a 59-31 Warriors triumph over visiting Athens High in girls’ basketball action Thursday night.

“We were moving the ball really well,” Grayson said. “We played good team basketball.”

Grayson was 6-of-7 from the floor with three triples, and only played about half of the game.

“She’s been playing well,” said WHS head coach Amy Colgrove of Grayson. “She was our leading scorer in the last game.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Liston Warren’s Molly Grayson (22) defends during a high school girls basketball game against Athens Thursday in Vincent. Grayson scored a team-high 15 points to lead the Warriors to victory.

“She was knocking down shots, and getting to the hole well. She has a nice change of speed on her attack and finishes pretty well. She’s quick and sees the floor well.”

Caspen Ford added eight points, while Andrea Place and Maddisen Mills netted seven apiece for the Warriors, who improved their record to 3-1. WHS shot 44 percent (26-59) from the field but were only 2 of 16 at the foul line.

“I thought we did some good things tonight,” Colgrove said. “But we were 1 of 12 at the line in the first half. And, in the second half, we weren’t much better (1-4). And, we missed a ton of layups as well.”

Athens (1-3) was paced by Laura Manderick’s nine markers. The Bulldogs shot 20 percent (9-44) from the floor and also turned the ball over 25 times.

Warren had 15 turnovers.

“It was kind of a sloppy game,” Colgrove said.

Warren staked itself to a 7-3 first-quarter advantage on buckets by Grayson, Ford, and Place.

Athens was 1 of 10 from field with Mindi Gregory scoring her team’s only field goal.

“I think we were just forcing too much, and when the shots weren’t falling, we tried too hard,” Colgrove said.

In the second quarter, Grayson scored 10 points as the Warriors stretched their lead to 30-11 at the intermission.

After the break, the rout resumed with seven different Warriors scoring in the third quarter. At the end of three, the royal blue and white cagers owned a commanding 48-23 advantage.

“When we got settled down a little bit, we started hitting some shots,” Colgrove said.

Warren is scheduled to play at Eastern at 7:15 Monday.

Warren 59, Athens 31

Athens 3 8 12 8 — 31

Warren 7 23 18 11 — 59

ATHENS (1-3)

Tan 1 0-0 3, Manderick 2 4-6 9, Mindi Gregory 1 0-2 3, Emmarald Jean-francois 0 0-0 0, Kaylee Stewart 2 0-0 5, Kesi Federspiel 0 0-1 0, Harper Bennett 1 3-5 5, Haylie Mills 2 2-4 6. TOTALS: 9 9-17 31. 3pt goals: Gregory 1, Stewart 1, Manderick 1, Tan 1

WARREN (3-1)

Alloway 1 1-4 3, Smith 1 0-2 2, Grayson 6 0-4 15, Ford 4 0-0 8, Ryan 1 0-0 2, Place 3 0-2 7, Miller 2 0-2 4, Way 1 0-0 3, Saboley 2 0-0 4, Mills3 1-2 7, Reynolds 0 0-0 0, Banks 2 0-0 4, Burdiss 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 26 2-16 59. 3pt goals: Grayson 3, Place 1, Way 1.

Shooting: A 9-44 (20 percent), W 26-59 (44 percent); Turnovers: A 25, M 15

JV game: Warren 61, Athens 18

JV leading scorers: A:Davis 7, Mills 3, Bennett 2, Federspiel 1, Jean-Francois 2, Benton 1; W: Jackson 13, Way 12, Congleton 2, Camberlidge 2, Schriner 7, Banks 7, urdiss 6, Vannoy 6

Next game: Warren at Eastern at 7:15 Monday

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