CUMBERLAND — Fort Hill overcame a nine-point halftime deficit and scored 14 of the last 16 points of the game to defeat Mountain Ridge, 44-39, Wednesday night in high school girls basketball action.
The Sentinels held a 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Abbie Maddy scored half of her game-high 16 points in the second period as the Miners bounced back to take a 25-16 lead into halftime.
Fort Hill cut into its deficit slightly in the third, trailing 37-30 entering the final eight minutes of regulation after Brooklynne Noel scored nine of her 14 points in the third period.
The Sentinels started making headway on their deficit, with baskets from Carly Bennett, Olivia Looker and Alivia Appel to open the fourth on a 6-0 run and put Fort Hill down by one, 37-36.
Noel scored her lone fourth-quarter points on the go-ahead basket with 1:48 to play to put the score at 38-37.
“We needed to settle down and take our time to pass through the press in the second half,” said Fort Hill head coach Rick Stevenson. “Defensively we played tremendous the entire night but our girls really committed to playing great defense especially in the second half of the game.”
Pryor hit a layup 33 seconds later to give Fort Hill a three-point advantage, and the lead ballooned to five when Appel knocked down a pair of free throws with 22 seconds to play.
The Miners responded with their only points of the quarter, putting the score at 42-39, but Pryor nailed two shots from the charity stripe to ice the game with five seconds left.
“Tremendous team effort tonight especially on defense,” Stevenson said. “Our bench was great tonight and our girls wanted it and went out and made it happen. All the credit goes to them.”
Noel was the Sentinels’ leading scorer and leader in rebounds with seven, with Looker adding 12 points and Appel tacking on 10.
In addition to Maddy’s 16 points, Dayna Lashley added 10 points for the Miners and Rachel Jones had seven.
Mountain Ridge won the jayvee game, 31-19, behind Bayleigh Lamberson’s game-high 15 points. Kayijah George scored 11 for Fort Hill.
The Sentinels host Keyser on Tuesday. The Miners host Clear Spring tonight.
Petersburg 59Moorefield 41
PETERSBURG, W.Va. — Petersburg ended its regular season on just about the highest note possible, as Jenna Burgess scored a game-high 26 points and the Vikings defeated Moorefield on Wednesday night.
Burgess’ game-high tally came on nine field goals and 8 of 14 from the free-throw line. Kayla Lantz tacked on 15 points, Mickala Taylor and Kymiee Minnich had six apiece, and, on Senior Night, Petersburg’s lone senior Hannah Moyers scored four.
The Vikings led 19-7 at the end of the first quarter, but the Yellow Jackets chipped away and cut their deficit down to 27-22 at halftime. The floodgates opened in the third quarter, however, as Petersburg outscored Moorefield 18-6 in the third and led 45-28 entering the final quarter of play.
Lexi Gilhuys and Lindsey Rinker combined to score 39 of the Yellow Jackets’ 41 points, as Gilhuys scored 22 and Rinker had 17.
Petersburg (18-4) will play an undetermined opponent in the playoffs the week of Feb. 24. Moorefield hosted East Hardy last night and travels to Tucker County on Wednesday.
Allegany 62Ligonier Valley 30
CUMBERLAND — Kelsey O’Neal outscored Ligonier Valley herself, tallying 32 points and recording a double-double as Allegany won comfortably on Wednesday night.
O’Neal’s game-high output came on 13 field goals, including five of the Campers’ seven three-pointers, and 1 of 2 from the free-throw line. She also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Rachel Bush was Allegany’s second-leading scorer with nine points. Sarah Kesner added seven and had six assists, Katie Sterne had seven boards and five assists and Faith Stevenson finished with seven points.
The Campers led at the conclusion of each quarter (18-5, 33-18 and 46-28).
On Monday night, O’Neal fell two points shy of matching Northern’s output as a team, as Allegany took down the Huskies, 51-28.
O’Neal recorded 26 points on 10 buckets, including four 3s, and 2 for 4 from the foul line to go along with 13 rebounds for another double-double.
Bush again tallied nine points and Stevenson had six.
Kylie Barnes led the Huskies with nine points.
Allegany (10-10) travels to Moorefield on Thursday. Northern (4-14) hosted Calvary last night and travels to Rockwood on Monday.