The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 23, 2010

Flying Eagles rebound

Woodrow Wilson advances in sectional with 81-38 win over Warriors

By Gary Fauber

Coaches often remark that they don’t want a tough loss to beat their teams twice.

They also say there is no such thing as a good loss.

That’s not exactly true for Woodrow Wilson, which hammered Riverside 81-38 in the Class AAA Region 3, Section 2 tournament Monday in Beckley.

The Flying Eagles (9-9) were coming off an 84-68 loss to three-time Class AA state champion Summers County. They led the game 36-35 at halftime, but the Bobcats dominated the third quarter to the tune of a 32-9 advantage.

They didn’t let it happen again against Riverside. Woodrow scored the first 11 points of the game and never let up.

“We learned a lesson from the Summers County game,” Eagles coach Bernie Bostick said. “We have to play the whole game. We’re better than our record says.”

They certainly looked better than a .500 team against the Warriors. Woodrow surpassed 80 points despite inconsistent shooting, helped by a decisive rebounding advantage and a defense that created several turnovers.

Haley Snyder scored a game-high 22 points and Alexis Allen added 14. Allen also did a good job of distributing the ball and creating shots.

“Alexis had her best game as far as seeing the floor and seeing everybody,” Bostick said. “I don’t know how many assists she had, but it was more than she usually has.”

Riverside (4-19) had an overall bad day. The team’s starting point guard quit the team earlier in the day, and Heather Burford, the team’s second-leading scorer, missed the game after injuring her right ankle during warmups. One other player appeared to suffer an asthma attack during the game.

Burford had been among the leaders in the Mountain State Athletic Conference with 47 three-pointers.

“Everything that could have gone wrong for them did,” Bostick said.

Kassie Cook, the Warriors’ leading scorer, led the way with 19 points.

First-year coach Michele McGinnis looks forward to the future of her program.

“We are headed in a positive direction,” she said. “We only lose one senior and have four returning starters.”

Woodrow’s next step toward a sectional title comes Wednesday against Greenbrier East. Tip-off from Oak Hill will be 8 p.m.

The Eagles beat Greenbrier East 52-48 Jan. 23 in Beckley.

“We’re excited about it and East is excited about it,” Bostick said.

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Woodrow Wilson 81, Riverside 38

Riverside (4-19)

Kassie Cook 8 1-4 19, Sydney Smith 2 0-0 6, Chelsea Wood 2 5-6 9, Cassidy Farley 1 0-0 2, Summer Duffield 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14 6-10 38.

Woodrow Wilson (9-9)

Olivia Moore 4 0-2 8, Shaitece Trigg 1 1-2 3, Haley Snyder 8 2-2 22, Alexis Allen 6 0-1 14, Monique Rhodes 2 0-0 4, Danielle Miller 1 0-0 2, Chloe McCoy 1 0-0 2, Dawnshay Heath 3 1-2 7, Ashley Chipps 8 0-0 16, Kel Hairston 0 1-2 1. Totals: 35 5-11 81.

R 7 6 13 12 — 38

WW 21 25 19 16 — 81

Three-point goals: R: 4 (Cook 2, Smith 2); WW: 6 (Snyder 4, Allen 2); Fouled out: none.