13th straight win: State-ranked Warriors take down Parkersburg South
VINCENT — Warren High protected the lead.
After the Warriors took command late in the second quarter, they never looked back and defeated visiting Parkersburg South, 56-49, in a prep girls basketball game Thursday night.
WHS, No. 10 in Ohio Division II AP State Poll with a 14-1 record, extended its winning streak to 13.
“It’s great,” said Warren senior Molly Grayson of the ranking. “We’ve been playing really well this season.
“It was a good win tonight. It was hard fought. South is a very talented team.”
Freshman Alexis Frazee agreed and added, “We work our butts off in practice every single day.”
Grayson and Frazee paced the Warriors with 16 and 13 points, respectively.
Warren played nine girls and all scored. The Warrior non-starters, led by Frazee, finished with 26 points.
“Frazee is really good,” said WHS boss Amy Colgrove. “She hasn’t even got to her full potential yet this year that she’s going to get to.
“We have such a deep team. We play a lot of people and on any given night, we can match up with anybody, because I got nine kids who are all different and contribute.”
The Patriots (2-9) were led by Makenna Winans, who tallied a game-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Skylar Bosley and Rylee Harner chipped in with 13 and 10 markers, respectively. Harner also had five assists and four steals.
“There’s only been a couple of games we haven’t been in,” said PSHS head coach Rick Dobson. “The girls play hard, and they listen and do the best they can. It just hasn’t gone our way.”
Said Colgrove, “South did a good job of trying to get us out of our rythym. We were speeding up and they were making us do things we shouldn’t have been doing.”
Both schools got off to a slow start, and it was low-scoring with Warren leading 11-9 after one.
In the second quarter, things heated up with Grayson and Frazee each scoring seven points. Keeping the Patriots in the hunt, Winans scored 12 points.
At the 2:16 mark, Sommer Saboley converted 1 of 2 at the line to snap a 24-24 tie. And then Frazee followed with a triple to give the Warriors a four-point cushion.
Warren owned a 34-26 advantage at the break.
Early in the third quarter, Grayson’s score gave the Warriors their first double-digit lead of the contest (36-26).
“Molly’s such a solid player,” Colgrove said. “She is fearless. She’s steady, and you know what you’re going to get from her.”
But South battled back late in the period with an 8-0 run, thanks to triples by Harner and Bosley and a deuce by Makala Williams, and trailed by only five (42-37) going into the fourth quarter.
Harner made a trey at the beginning of the final period to reduce the deficit to two. But buckets by Olivia Alloway and Emme Bowe give the Warriors a 6-point cushion. Down the stretch, Grayson (4) and Frazee (2) combined to make six freebies to help keep PSHS at bay.
“Towards the end, when we needed to take care of the basketball a little bit and get key stops, we were able to protect the lead,” Colgrove said.
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