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Catholic claims 3rd straight sectional title

Photo by Ron Johnston Parkersburg Catholic's Madeline Huffman, right, handles the ball as Williamstown's Lakyn Joy defends during a high school girls basketball sectional final Friday.

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic outgunned Williamstown.

The undefeated Crusaderettes made 32 of 86 shot attempts en route to an 82-42 triumph over the visiting Yellowjackets Friday night in a sectional girls basketball final at the Fairview Avenue Gym.

“We like to get out and get after it,” said PCHS head coach Marty Vierheller, whose team is top-ranked in Class A with a 24-0 overall record. “Some of the shots were not necessarily the ones that I would have wanted. But when you have these kind of athletes and basketball players, you have to let them go sometimes — and we did that.”

Madeline Huffman paced four double-digit Crusaderette scorers with 20 points. Aaliyah Brunny added 18 while Lainie Ross and Leslie Huffman had 14 and 12, respectively. Jenna Boice netted eight for the champs.

All eight Catholic cagers who played scored.

“We’re an unselfish team, and that’s a big thing,” said Madeline Huffman, a Fairmont State recruit.

With the victory (also Catholic’s third straight sectional title), PCHS is scheduled to host Tug Valley in a regional game at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“This is special,” Vierheller said. “Anytime you win a section and are able to go on to the regional and play on your home floor…like I say, you don’t take it for granted and you appreciate these moments when they come. And you try to take advantage of them when they come.”

Williamstown (15-10) suffered its third straight setback to Parkersburg Catholic this winter. The Yellowjackets were led by Jayla Wiseman, who scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Keely Alsup chipped in with seven markers.

“Our kids played a lot better in the second half,” said WHS boss Fred Sauro.

Vierheller agreed and added, “I give Williamstown a ton of credit. They played hard the entire way. They didn’t worry about the score. They fought like I knew they would fight.

“Tonight, we had a little bit more firepower.”

And, never was that more evident than at the start when Catholic staked itself to a 29-6 first-quarter advantage. Leading the charge, Madeline Huffman scored eight points; Boice and Ross, six apiece; Brunny, five; and Leslie Huffman, four.

Williamstown got buckets from Wiseman, Emma Bailey, and Georgie Inman.

“We like to get out and run,” said Madeline Huffman. “That’s kind of our game, and we do it well. Our defense turns to offense for us, and hopefully that’s going to carry us the rest of the way.”

In the second quarter, PCHS outpointed WHS, 16-6, and led 45-12 at the intermission.

“The bottom line is, Parkersburg Catholic is a very, very good basketball team,” Sauro said. “They work hard, and I wish them the best of luck.”

After the break, the Yellowjackets were more competitive, but the Crusaderettes still maintained a big double-digit lead.

“I was proud of my kids,” Sauro said. “We won 15 games, and those kids did great.

“We play the toughest schedule in the state in single-A.”

Ron Johnston can be reached at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com

at Fairview Avenue Gym

Class A Region IV, Section 1

Championship game

Parkersburg Catholic 82, Williamstown 42

Williamstown 6 6 13 17 — 42

Parkersburg Catholic 29 16 1918 –82

WILLIAMSTOWN (15-10)

Georgie Inman 2 0-1 4, Taylor Newton 2 0-1 5, Kayli Sauro 1 0-0 3, Nicole Reynolds 2 0-0 4, Jayla Wiseman 3 2-2 8, Sophia Folwell 1 0-0 2, Lakyn Joy 0 0-0 0, Keely Alsup 3 0-0 7, Brittney Hooper 0 0-0 0, Aubrey Erwin 0 0-0 0, Emma Bailey 3 0-0 6, Bryce Blair 1 0-0 3. TOTALS: 18 2-4 42. 3pt goals: Blair 1, Alsup 1, Sauro 1, Newton 1.

PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC (24-0)

Leslie Huffman 3 5-6 12, Aaliyah Brunny 8 0-0 18, Madison Ross 1 2-4 4, , Neva Bryant, Lainie Ross 6 2-2 14, Paige Stotts, Deborah Hardbarger 2 0-0 4, Jenna Boice 4 0-0 8, Madeline Huffman 7 4-4 20, Tiana Tauber 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 32 11-12 82 . 3pt goals: MHuffman 2, Brunny 2, LHuffman 1

stat leaders

Shooting: W 18-59 (31 percent), PC 32-86 (37 percent); Turnovers: W 35, PC 13; Rebounds: W 34 (Wiseman 10), PC 43; Assists: W 9 (Inman 2, Alsup 2, PC 14; Steals: W 4 (Bailey 2, Inman 2), PC 25.

Next game: Tug Valley at PCHS at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Regional); Williamstown at Huntington St. Joe at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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