South rallies for win over Warren, 50-44

JOSH HUGHES The Marietta Times Parkersburg South’s Makenna Winans signals to the bench as Warren’s Abbie Smith (00) attempts a free-throw during a high school girls basketball game Thursday at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg South’s girls basketball team has had a few tough losses to start the 2018-19 campaign, but they battled through and defeated a game Warren team, 50-44.

The Rod Oldham Athletic Center crowd witnessed a tight contest dripping with all the intensity and emotion they could handle. Despite only using seven players, the Patriots were able to spread the ball efficiently. Makenna Winans led all scorers, as she dropped a cool 20 points on the Warriors. Eleven of her points came from the free throw line, and that speaks to the inside effort of the Parkersburg South Patriots. That effort was noted from Parkersburg South head coach Ed Davis.

“All of them contributed,” he said. “We played seven tonight, and we had one kid out that got hurt in the JV game. That kind of limited us, but I think all seven of them contributed, and that’s what we need.”

What Warren didn’t need was another loss, but they held strong with 12 points from Molly Grayson and an equally impressive 11 from freshman Abbie Smith. Warren got off to a red-hot start with a 12-2 run to start the game. Grayson and Sommer Saboley either scored or assisted on 10 of those first quarter points. South would come roaring back to end the frame, as they cut the lead down to four thanks to points from Winans, Kenzie Johnson and Lauren Pelfrey respectively.

The back-and-forth nature of this one continued in the following quarter, as Parkersburg South took advantage of some untimely turnovers to keep it close. They went into the locker room down 25-23, and they needed a big offensive burst to claw ahead in this one. The Patriots got what they were looking for, as they climbed in the lead following a 6-2 beginning to the second half. Winans continued her hot streak at the charity stripe and from the field with eight of the first 10 South points of the quarter. The Patriots had a chance to pour in more points from the free throw line, but three missed free throws from Rylee Harner kept Warren in the contest.

The Warriors and Patriots kept matching buckets throughout the fourth, as a free throw from Maggie Smith made it 40-38 with 4:29 left in regulation. Sierra Hays responded with a crucial 3-pointer with under four minutes to play to balloon the lead back up to five. A quick basket later, and the game was down to 43-40 with around three minutes remaining.

A tough foul on Grayson was disputed by the Warren bench, and the Patriots added a point on with 2:51 left. Warren head coach Amy Colgrove knew that her girls had to look past the foul and keep playing.

“(I told them to) just keep fighting and try and find a way to win,” Colgrove said. “I didn’t agree with that call, but it happens. We’ve just got to move on.”

Parkersburg South didn’t look back, as they made a multitude of free throws to put the game away. This win for Parkersburg South comes after a two-game losing streak with losses to quality opponents, Parkersburg and Wyoming East. They’ll travel to Ripley to take on the Vikings at 7:30 tonight.

Warren will look to bounce back in a Thursday night contest at home against Fort Frye.