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St. Marys tops Ritchie for sectional title

ST. MARYS — St. Marys picked up its first sectional title since 2016 when it defeated Ritchie County 51-36 Friday in the Class A, Region I, Section 2 championship.

Lara Fetty had a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double while Kylie Wright scored a game-high 16 points for the Blue Devils (15-8). Josey Moore and Alexis Hashman netted nine and eight points, respectively.

“It’s been awhile,” said St. Marys head coach Howie Meeks. “These kids keep hearing about all these old teams that made it to state, but they haven’t been there. It just shows that we’re a real Class A team that goes through ups and downs. We’ve had to rebuild, but this means so much for these young girls.”

Ritchie (15-9) was paced by Olivia Cress’s 12 points. Ashley Davis added nine and Rebekah Rupert scored eight, all in the first half.

“We closed in tight and forced them to take outside shots,” Meeks said of his team’s defensive adjustments in the second half. “They missed shots and we did a much better job cleaning up the glass than we did in the first half. We started running 20 seconds possessions and slowly chipped away in the fourth. Once we built a six- to eight-point lead they had to start fouling.”

St. Marys went 10 for 12 at the free-throw in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

It was 12-12 after a quarter and 24-all at halftime. St. Marys took a 32-28 lead after three before outscoring the Rebels 19-8 in the final eight minutes.

A big difference in the game was turnovers — Ritchie committed 23 while St. Marys had just seven.

“Only seven turnovers in a sectional final,” Meeks said. “That’s what coaches dream of.”

Class A, Region I, Section 2

St. Marys 51, Ritchie County 36

RCHS 12 12 4 8 — 36

SMHS 12 12 8 19 — 51

RITCHIE COUNTY (15-9)

Olivia Cress 4 4-9 12; Ashley Davis 4 0-0 9; Rebekah Rupert 3 2-4 8; Haidyn DePinho 0 1-2 1; Soffi Bee 2 0-0 4; TOTALS: 14 7-13 36; 3-point goals: Davis 1

ST. MARYS (15-8)

Lara Fetty 6 1-3 13; Kylie Wright 4 6-8 16; Josey Moore 2 5-6 9; Alexis Hashman 3 1-4 8; Zoe Davis 2 1-2 5; Millie Kehrer 0 0-0 0; Olivia DeWeese 0 0-0 0; Mary Taylor 0 0-0 0; Gwyn Fluharty 0 0-0 0; Mckenzie Smith 0 0-0 0; TOTALS: 17 14-23 51; 3-point goals: Wright 2, Hashman 1

Shooting: R: 14-47 (29.7%); S: 17-41 (41%); Rebounds: R: 32 (Rupert 13); S: 23 (Fetty 10); Assists: R: 5 (Kirk 3); S: 6 (Wright, Hashman 2); Steals: R: 5 (Kirk 3); S: 12 (Moore 4); Blocks: R: 4 (Rupert 3); S: 3 (Kehrer 2); Turnovers: R: 23; S: 7

Next game: Wheeling Central/Cameron at St. Marys Wednesday (Regional co-final)

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