PARKERSBURG - No. 1-rated Parkersburg South never trailed Wednesday night, outscoring visiting Cambridge 40-13 in the middle two quarters to turn a close girls basketball game into a near-40-point rout by the final period in blistering the Bobcats 68-38 at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.
The defending Class AAA state champion Patriots, now 4-0 this season, got a game-high 25 points - including five of South's six treys - from junior Keya Bartlett, and 10 and eight points respectively from inside players Carlie Wilson and Anna Hayton.
Cambridge (2-5) was led by Kiersten Taylor with 15 points and Hallie Stocker with 12.
Photos by Jeff Baughn
Parkersburg South's Taryn McCutcheon dribbles against Cambridge's Audrey Tingle during their game at South Wednesday. South scored a 68-38 victory.
Parkersburg South's Keya Bartlett puts up a shot against Cambridge's Kiersten Taylor during their game at South Wednesday. South scored a 68-38 victory.
Barrlett canned a 3-ball from the right wing 15 seconds into the game for a 3-0 South lead. The 'Cats knotted the count at 3-all at the 7:07 mark before the Patriots tallied the next four points and 12 of the last 18 in the opening quarter to go up 15-9 after one period of play.
The second stanza saw South surge out to a 29-14 bulge on a Wilson hoop with 2:17 to go in the first half, that was topped off when Taryn McCutcheon threw a long outlet pass to Bartlett for a basket and three-point play with two-tenths of a second left for a 34-16 halftime lead.
Then to start the second half, Scott Stephens' Patriot girls came out rarin' to go, putting up the initial 12 points - four by Wilson and four by Katelyn Byrd - in the first 2:02 of the third quarter to roll out to a 30-point margin, 46-16. Breaunna Haynes' two free throws at 1:19 gave South a 33-point, 55-22, lead going to the final period.
Like South had held Cambridge to just seven points in the second quarter, that got even better in the third quarter with only six Bobcat points - all coming on foul shots, no baskets.
"We didn't allow them a basket in the third quarter?" asked Stephens rhetorically. "That's pretty good. Our defense did play well."
The lead crested at 39 (64-25) on a Hayton rebound bucket with 5:57 to play and again at 66-27 at 4:55 on a Mykalyn Fallon basket.
Despite the unblemished record so far, "we've still got a lot of stuff to work on." said Stephens, remembering that "last year at this point, we were only 1-3. So I keep telling myself I'm not really all that happy with some the things I see. But we're a lot better off than where we were at this point last year."
If that's the case, then the rest of the state had better look out for the Patriots again this season come tournament time.