The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 8, 2013

St. Joseph to play for 5th straight title


The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — Mychal Johnson has St. Joseph back in a familiar spot.

Johnson scored 23 points to lead St. Joseph to a 63-31 win over Tucker County in the Class A semifinals Friday.

Top-seeded St. Joseph (24-1) can earn its record fifth consecutive Class A championship on Saturday against No. 3 St. Marys.

St. Joseph is tied with the Mercer Christian teams that won titles from 1999-2002. Summers County in Class AA holds the all-classes mark for consecutive crowns with five from 2007-2011.

Mychelle Johnson and Griffin Dempsey had 12 points apiece for St. Joseph.

Fourth-seeded Tucker County (20-6), trying to reach the championship game for the first time since winning three straight titles from 1996-98, committed 32 turnovers.



TUCKER COUNTY (20-6)

Simmons 1-2 0-0 2, Radford 0-0 0-0 0, Ambrose 4-8 0-0 8, Betler 2-13 2-4 6, Evans 3-13 2-2 9, Kachmarek 1-2 2-2 4, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Bowley 0-0 0-0 0, Snyder 0-0 0-0 0, Mullenax 0-2 0-0 0, Bonner 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 11-43 8-10 31.

ST. JOSEPH (24-1)

Dempsey 4-12 0-0 12, Mychal Johnson 9-16 5-5 23, Mychelle Johnson 6-10 0-0 12, R.Lee 3-9 0-0 7, Petitte 3-14 1-2 7, Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0, Ch.Gale 0-0 0-3 0, B.Lee 0-3 0-0 0, De.Disu 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 1-3 0-0 2, Jeffrey 0-2 0-0 0, Ca.Gale 0-0 0-0 0, Di.Disu 0-0 0-0 0, Parker 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-71 6-10 63.

Tucker County    13    6    5    7    —    31

St. Joseph    16    23    20    4    —    63

3-Point Goals—Tucker County 1-11 (Evans 1-4, Mullenax 0-2, Betler 0-5), St. Joseph 5-22 (Dempsey 4-8, R.Lee 1-3, Anderson 0-1, B.Lee 0-2, Mychal Johnson 0-2, Mychelle Johnson 0-3, Petitte 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Tucker County 38 (Betler, Evans 9), St. Joseph 41 (R.Lee 9). Assists—Tucker County 7 (Betler 3, St. Joseph 15 (Mychal Johnson 6). Total Fouls—Tucker County 8, St. Joseph 11. A—3,000 (early session).

 

St. Marys 45, Wheeling Central 43

CHARLESTON (AP) — Freshman Ashley Hall scored six of her eight points in the final 3 minutes to lead St. Marys to a 45-43 comeback win over Wheeling Central in the girls Class A semifinals Friday.

Third-seeded St. Marys (25-1) returns to the championship game for the third time in four seasons. It lost to St. Joseph in 2010 and 2011.

Haley Everett’s only basket of the game gave St. Marys the lead for good, 41-39, with 42 seconds left.

Hall made four free throws in the final 28 seconds to help preserve the win.

St. Marys’ Kendra Walker had 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Audra Clark had 15 points before fouling out.

Emily Bucon had 19 points and 14 rebounds for second-seeded Wheeling Central (22-5).



ST. MARYS (25-1)

Britton 0-1 0-0 0, Moore 1-5 0-0 2, Fetty 1-9 2-2 4, Walker 7-13 0-1 14, Clark 7-17 1-2 15, Hall 2-5 4-4 8, Everett 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 19-51 7-9 45.

WHEELING CENTRAL (22-5)

Olson 0-1 0-0 0, McCormick 3-9 8-10 14, Basinger 0-2 0-0 0, Bucon 5-16 8-12 19, Stayduhar 0-2 0-0 0, Blaha 2-5 1-3 5, Calissie 1-3 0-0 2, Baker 1-8 0-0 3, Cross 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 12-47 17-25 43.

St. Marys    9    10    4    22    —    45

WC    11    11    6    15    —    43

3-Point Goals—St. Marys 0-6 (Moore 0-2, Fetty 0-2, Hall 0-2), Wheeling Central 2-12 (Bucon 1-3, Baker 1-3, Olson 0-1, Blaha 0-1, McCormick 0-2, Stayduhar 0-2). Fouled Out—Moore, Clark. Rebounds—St. Marys 35 (Walker), Wheeling Central 39 (Bucon 14). Assists—St. Marys 11 (Fetty 6), Wheeling Central 7 (McCormick 2). Total Fouls—St. Marys 21, Wheeling Central 13. A—na.

 

Class AAA Semifinals

Logan 52, Spring Valley 49

CHARLESTON (AP) — Hannah Tothe’s 3-pointer with 4 seconds left lifted Logan to a 52-49 win over top-seeded Spring Valley in the girls Class AAA semifinals Friday night.

Both teams were trying to advance to the championship game for the first time.

Spring Valley (23-4), which had beaten Logan twice earlier this season, stormed back from 15 points down to take its first lead, 49-47, on Brooke Heck’s layup with 51 seconds left.

Shayna Gore’s jumper with 40 seconds left tied the game, setting the stage for Tothe.

Gore led No. 5 Logan (17-9) with 17 points. Tothe finished with 13 and Monica Mitchell had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Heck finished with 20 points. Madison Morris had 15 points and 11 rebounds.





LOGAN (17-9)

Tothe 4-8 1-2 13, Toppings 1-4 1-2 3, Gore 7-19 0-0 17, Cline 1-5 1-2 4, Mitchell 6-9 0-3 12, Collins 1-1 0-0 3, Adkins 0-0 0-0 0, Ka.Kirk 0-0 0-0 0, Kimler 0-1 0-0 0, Ke.Kirk 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-47 3-9 52.

SPRING VALLEY (23-4)

Kelly 2-6 1-2 5, Morris 0-5 2-2 2, Heck 9-23 2-4 20, Butcher 1-2 0-0 2, Morris 5-12 5-9 15, McGraw 0-0 0-0 0, Lemmons 1-9 0-0 3, Ratcliff 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 19-62 10-17 49.

Logan    14    20    9    9    —    52

SV    10    11    15    13    —    49

3-Point Goals—Logan 9-16 (Tothe 4-6, Gore 3-5, Collins 1-1, Cline 1-3, Toppings 0-1), Spring Valley 1-16 (Lemmons 1-8, Morris 0-3, Heck 0-5). Fouled Out—none. Rebounds—Logan 32 (Mitchell 10), Spring Valley 45 (Morris 11). Assists—Logan 15 (Gore 6), Spring Valley 13 (Kelly 6). Total Fouls—Logan 16, Spring Valley 11. A—na.

Parkersburg South 54, Morgantown 51

CHARLESTON (AP) — Freshman Taryn McCutcheon scored 23 points, including six free throws in the final minute to preserve Parkersburg South’s 54-51 win over Morgantown in the girls Class AAA semifinals Friday night.

Third-seeded Parkersburg South (19-7) returns to the championship game for the first time since winning the 2008 title. The Patriots will meet No. 5 Logan for the championship on Saturday night.

Parkersburg South overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to take a 40-39 lead early in the fourth quarter.

McCutcheon made two free throws with 45 seconds left and two more with 25 seconds remaining to put Parkersburg South ahead 50-46. She sank two more with 4 seconds left for the final margin.

Parkersburg South’s Keya Bartlett finished with 14 points.

Leah Taylor led No. 2 Morgantown (20-6) with 14.