WEST UNION - St. Marys held Clay County to a season low in points during the Blue Devils' 57-36 LIttle Kanawha Conference championship game victory Saturday night at Doddridge County.
The Class A No. 2 Blue Devils (19-0) of head coach Howard Meeks received double-doubles from Kendra Walker and Ashley Hall as the Pleasants County squad knocked off the sixth-ranked Class AA Panthers for a fifth straight time in the LKC Night of Champions finale.
"It's humbling. Clay County is a great team," said Meeks, who watched Walker go for game-highs of 19 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. "I prepared all season thinking this was going to be a one or two possession game.
"It's just humbling and coach (Mary) Ramsey does a great job and is a class coach. The difference was in our tenacity and our defense paid off."
Although Isabelle Haverty led the Panthers (16-4) with eight points and nine rebounds, guard McKinzee Barker was limited to seven points. She added four steals and as many assists.
Coach Meeks credited the defense of Mikaela Britton, who had seven points as did freshman backcourt mate Jenna Nichols (game-high five steals), as being a big plus in slowing down Barker.
Hall finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and a pair of blocks. Jordan Fox came off the SMHS bench to tally 10 points as well.
The Panthers held a 9-7 cushion after the opening eight minutes, but shot just 24.1 percent (14 of 58) from the field. St. Marys missed on all dozen of its 3-point attempts and lost the turnover battle, 21-18, but managed to win the battle on the boards, 41-31.
Following Andrea Litton's putback just before the halfway mark of the second quarter, things looked fine for the Panthers with a 17-16 lead. However, Hall - the LKC's Free Throw champion - sank a trio of freebies after being hacked on a 3-point attempt to give the Blue Devils the lead for good.
Alyssa Fetty's steal and lay-in with 3:15 left in the half made it 21-17. Clay County found itself down 23-17 at intermission when a lazy pass was easly stolen by Nichols, who raced in for an easy layup.
Walker dominated early in the third quarter as the Blue Devils went inside early. Clay County missed 11 of 13 from the field in the third and made seven turnovers. That resulted in a 35-21 deficit entering the fourth.
Gilmer County 65 (OT)
WEST UNION - Julie Bishop started out on fire and Gilmer County led by as many as 16 points in the first half, but Ravenswood rallied for a wild 68-65 overtime victory in the LKC consolation game Saturday night at Doddridge County.
Claudia Cubides scored all 12 of her points in the second half for Ravenswood, which received 13 points apiece from Taylor Treadway and a foul-plagued Hailey Miller. A Cubides 3 with 7:17 left in regulation made it 43-42 and gave the Red Devils (11-4) their first lead since 2-0.
The Titans, ranked third in Class A and now 15-5, had plenty of time to get off a good shot before overtime but settled for a 22-foot trey attempt.
Kindsey Torris' deuce put 12th-ranked Class AA RHS on the board first in overtime at 61-59. Treadway, who made 11 of 14 free throws, converted a lay-in to give the Devils the lead for good in the extra session. She grabbed seven rebounds and had a game-high five assists. Haylie Reynolds scored 10 points in the win.
Bishop, who won the Top Gun 3-point competition, had eight rebounds. Carly Somerville added eight points and eight caroms while Titan teammate Jordanne Pritt also had eight markers.