From Staff Reports
FROM STAFF REPORTS
SHORT GAP, W.Va. — Jarrett Wolfe and Dalton Gaus combined to score 32 points to lead fourth-ranked Fort Hill to a come-from-behind 52-48 victory over Frankfort Wednesday evening on the Falcons’ floor.
It was the last Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference game for Frankfort after it was announced last week the Falcons will be leaving the conference before the start of next basketball season.
The Sentinels’ Wolfe finished with a game-high 17 points on eight baskets and one free throw out of four attempts. Gaus had six buckets, including two of the team’s three 3-pointers, and made his only free-throw attempt to finish with 15 points.
Frankfort gave the Sentinels everything they could handle in the first half, leading 17-13 after the first quarter and 28-25 at halftime. In the second half, however, Fort Hill refocused and outscored the Falcons 18-7 in the third to take a 43-35 lead into the fourth and then held on for the four-point victory and its third straight.
“In the third quarter they stepped up,” said Frankfort head coach Scott Slider. “They tried trapping us some. But it was more missed shots by us. They got the rebounds and more second-chance points that made the difference.”
Three Falcons scored in double figures. Thane Cutter led with 14 points, Chase Detrick added 12 hitting all three of the team’s threes and Gage Shaffer scored 11.
Brooks Mickey scored 16 points to lead the Frankfort junior varsity over Fort Hill’s 41-32. Tyler Smallwood had 11 for the Sentinels. In the freshman game, Lennon Squires led the Sentinels with 20 points in a 47-37 victory. Jake Young finished with 13 for the Falcons.
Frankfort finishes the regular season 8-14, 5-11 AMAC and visits Berkeley Springs Monday to open the West Virginia Class AA playoffs. Fort Hill (12-10, 11-5 AMAC) hosts Hancock in the Maryland Class 1A West Region playoffs Tuesday at 6 p.m.
No. 1 Allegany 81
MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — Top-ranked Allegany broke open a close game with a big third quarter and put up 51 points in the second half to defeat Moorefield 81-44 Wednesday evening.
The win in the regular-season finale makes Allegany 17-5 overall. The Campers have won 10 of their last 11.
Ten players scored for Allegany. Christian Thomas was 10 for 10 from the foul line and had a game high 22 points, Trenton Eirich added 21 and Darquel Jessie had 10.
Adam Snyder scored 12, Jared Kite had 10 and Garrett Keller nine for Moorefield (9-11).
Allegany led by only three, 30-27, at halftime, but converted three three-point plays on drives to the basket early in the third quarter in pulling away. The Campers took a 53-36 lead into the fourth quarter.
Allegany won the jayvee game 50-40. DaJaun Pendergast had 11 points for the Campers and Tyler Smith had nine for the Yellowjackets.
Allegany, the top seed in the Maryland Class 1A West playoffs, will host the Hancock-Fort Hill winner in a sectional semifinal Thursday, Feb. 28.
Moorefield ends its regular season on Friday, at home, against Pocahontas. The Jackets are the top seed in Class A, Region II, Section 2, and will host the Pocahontas-West Virginia Deaf winner in a sectional semifinal on Wednesday.
No. 3 Hampshire 56, Keyser 45
KEYSER, W.Va. — Travis Clower scored 17 points and Hampshire converted 13 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter to pull away from pesky Keyser for its seventh win in a row.
Hampshire (13-8, 10-5 AMAC) trailed 39-37 after three quarters but outscored Keyser (3-16, 2-13) 19-6 in the fourth.
David Smith went 5 for 6 and Logan Hill 4 for 6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Smith ended up with 12 points, Hill had 11 and Dane Heavener 10 for the Trojans, who held a 31-18 edge in rebounds.
Tyler Hamiton had 10 points, Josh Golub nine and Ryan Streets eight for the Golden Tornado. Keyser led in field goals, 18-14, but was 5 of 10 at the free-throw line compared to 21 for 30 for Hampshire.
Streets also had seven assists and three steals for Keyser.
Hampshire won the jayvee game 39-37 with Josh Idleman scoring 13 points. Malik Harper had nine points, 11 rebounds and six steals, Vinnie Cuthbertson eight points and Ryan Cunis four assists for Keyser.
Keyser plays at Bishop Walsh tonight and Hampshire will host Bishop Walsh on Saturday.
Keyser will begin Class AA sectoinal play on Monday at Petersburg.
Petersburg 55, Pendleton 44
PETERSBURG, W.Va. — Petersburg jumped out to an early lead and never trailed in defeating visiting Pendleton County Wednesday evening.
Petersburg held leads of 11-6 at the end of the first quarter and 22-14 at the half. The Vikings clamped down on defense in the third quarter as they held the Wildcats to just four points and stretched the lead to 36-18 heading into the fourth.
During the final quarter, both teams picked up the pace offensively as Petersburg was 16 for 17 from the free-throw line to help blunt a comeback attempt by Pendleton, which scored 26 points in the period. The Vikings (10-10) converted on 22 of 25 foul shots.
Petersburg was led by Brian George with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Grant Shanholtz with 14 points and four assists and Kelson Thorne with eight points and four assists. Evan Arrington had 15 points and Logan Raines 12 for Pendleton.
Petersburg will host East Hardy in its regular-season finale on Friday.
Petersburg also won the junior varsity game 57-37 with Ryan VanMeter getting 25 points and Brandon Seabolt 19. Tyler Shears led Pendleton County with 10.
Northern 62, Hancock 58
HANCOCK — Jeremy Bender had a season high 14 points and Jordan Evans added 12 as Northern upended Hancock in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Bender hit five field goals and all four of his free throws for the Huskies, who bolted to a 14-3 lead after the first quarter. They led 34-22 at halftime and 50-41 entering the final eight minutes.
Matt Tice scored nine points and Kollin Keister chipped in with eight to help Northern (3-19) sweep the season series.
Noah Teter had a game high 17 points and Tyler Anderson and Jordan Tosten 14 for Hancock (6-13).
Northern won the jayvee game 50-33 with Zach Voelkel scoring 15 points and Kyle Klotz 13.
Northern will host Southern on Tuesday, at 7 p.m., in the Class 1A West section quarterfinals. Hancock plays at Fort Hill on Tuesday in a quarterfinal that tips off at 6 p.m.