HINTON — Jolysa Brown didn’t leave anything to suspense.

Summers County’s state player of the year candidate scored twice in the first 1:24 to put the Bobcats on their way to a 94-53 win over Clay County in the second game of the Pit Row Classic.

The second basket was also a personal achievement, making the 6-foot-1 senior the sixth Summers County player in the past 11 years to break the 1,000 career-point mark.

While Brown played some as a freshman, most of her points have come the past two seasons.

“I remember when she didn’t really want to play,” coach Wayne Ryan said. “And now she’s become a real player. It’s a nice accomplishment.”

Brown entered the contest with 997 career points. She scored 28 against Clay and had 10 rebounds.

She was far from the defending Class AA state champions’ only scoring threat. Fellow all-stater Emily Blevins contributed 13 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, while Brown’s sophomore sister Ashley also scored 13 and senior wing Becca Newsome finished with 10 points.

Each had solid moments as the Bobcats outscored the Panthers 51-16 in the two middle periods.

“We had a lot of kids who took over the game in short stretches — five or six kids who at different times made a big impact on the game,” Ryan said.

Clay (0-2) played well early, trailing just 20-14 at the first quarter’s end behind seven points from forward Sierra Carver.

Summers then scored 13 of the first 15 points in the second quarter and never looked back.

“Carver really played well and they can shoot the ball,” Ryan said. “But our depth was a big factor. We were able to wear them down.”

Carver hit four 3-point goals and finished with 23 points. Kelli Cole added 14.

PikeView outlasted Pocahontas County 79-72 in the tournament opener and will play Summers at 7:45 tonight for the championship.

Senior all-state guard Laken Coburn scored 24 points and keyed the 1-1 Panthers’ defense with five steals, while junior center Trista Thomas scored 22 points and owned the boards with 14 rebounds.

Pocahontas County (1-2) stayed close throughout thanks to some hot-shooting by senior guard Jaenna Burns and sophomore guard Adrienne Nottingham.

Burns hit three 3-pointers in the second quarter and the Warriors took advantage of Thomas’ foul trouble to lead 43-36 at the break.

Thomas took over in the second half, however, scoring 16 of her points and dominating play inside.

Pocahontas County’s shooting cooled off as well, hurt in part by injuries to three players. The Warriors also had three players foul out.

“PikeView is real strong. The Thomas girl is a real good, and she’s hard to guard because she’s an inside-outside player,” coach Tim McClung said. “It made us tough for us for us to pressure them at the end because they were getting the ball to her.”

Burns finished with a career-high 23 points. Nottingham added 14 and Madeline Jerome netted 10.

“Our pressure defense took away from our offense in the second half,” McClung said. “We’re not in the game-shape we need to be.”

In addition to the combined 46 from Coburn and Thomas, PikeView (1-1) got 14 points from Rachel Weatherly.

The Panthers were 13-of-16 from the foul line in the second half.

“We got some fast breaks in the second half, and we were telling them to take their time on offense in the fourth quarter,” coach Karen Thomas said. “We also hit our foul shots when we needed them.”

Pocahontas County will play Clay County at 6 p.m. tonight in the consolation game.

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Clay County (0-2)

Toni Holcomb 1 1-2 3, Kelsey Hively 2 0-0 5, Kelli Cole 3 6-6 14, Brittany Rogers 4 0-0 8, Sierra Carver 7 5-6 23. Totals: 17 12-14 53.

Summers County (3-0)

Morgan Gore 1 0-0 2, Lesley Mack 3 0-0 6, Emily Blevins 6 1-2 13, Ashley Brown 6 1-6 13, Rebecca Newsome 5 0-0 10, Kim Cox 4 0-0 8, Kelsey Brewer 4 0-0 8, Lauren Estes 2 1-2 5, Jolysa Brown 12 4-5 28, Ashley Ward 0 1-2 1. Totals: 43 8-17 94.

CC 14 9 7 23 — 53

SC 20 29 22 23 — 94

Three-point goals: CC: 7 (Carver 4, Cole 2, Hively); SC: 0; Fouled out: None.



PikeView 79, Pocahontas County 72

Pocahontas County (1-2)

Chelsey Gumm 3 2-4 8, Jaenna Burns 9 1-2 20, Shelby Snead 1 0-0 3, Adrienne Nottingham 6 2-5 14, Kristy Madron 0 2-2 2, Madeline Jerome 1 8-14 10, Kachine Jonese 1 0-0 2, Patti Hall 1 2-2 4, Abby McCoy 2 2-3 6. Totals: 24 19-32 72.

PikeView (1-2)

Danielle Carr 1 1-2 3, Sabrina Slone 1 0-0 2, Laken Coburn 8 8-10 24, Rachel Weatherly 3 7-9 13, Leah Cook 3 0-4 6, Amber Dickerson 1 1-2 3, Kimmie Thomas 3 0-0 6, Trista Thomas 9 4-5 22. Totals: 29 21-32 79.

PC 20 22 10 20 — 72

PV 16 20 21 22 — 79

Three-point goals: PC: 5 (Burns 4, Snead); PV: None; Fouled out: PC: Gumm, Burns, Jerome; PV: Carr, K. Thomas.

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