PARKERSBURG - Ahead 32-25 at the half, Parkersburg South came out ready to play to start the second half and rolled out to a commanding 58-32 lead after three quarters en route to a 79-45 victory over host Parkersburg High in a Class AAA girls basketball game Saturday night at Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Patriots, 12th ranked in AAA, improved to 7-5, while the Big Red girls, who had their four-game winning streak snapped, are now 8-7.
The contest was close throughout most of the first half until the final 5:22 when South, trailing 21-18, went on a 14-4 run up to halftime. In the South spurt, Keya Bartlett had six points, Miranda Workman five, Taryn McCutcheon two and Katelyn Byrd two.
But in the third period, the Pats really got going on a tear right from the start, racing out to a 42-26 advantage in the first 2:11. Back-to-back treys by McCutcheon and Bartlett kicked off the third quarter and Bartlett drilled in another 3-ball from the corner at 5:49 mark.
South had five treys in the period with Bartlett and McCutcheon combining for seven of the Patriots' 11 field goals in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the lead expanded to as much as 36 at 79-43 in the last minute on a basket by MyKalyn Fallon.
Bartlett led South with 23 points, followed by McCutcheon with 14, Workman with eight, and Kayleigh Rexroad and Byrd with seven each.
For PHS, Imani Ward's 18 points was tops, while Haley Ackerman added eight, and Kameron Snyder and Kennedy Walker had six each.
After a physical first half, South was to get out and run and play its style of game in the second half.
''We weren't playing like us in first half,'' said South head coach Scott Stephens. ''But in the second half, we made the open passes, made the right looks and played better defense. That third quarter was a big quarter for us.''
For PHS head coach Kenny DeMoss, ''the real difference between us and South is that they can sustain what they do for an entire game and we cannot.''