Lady Warriors Extend Winning Streak to 10
The Pocahontas County Lady Warriors basketball team extended their seven-game winning streak to 10 after a week of challenging contests.
The Tygarts Valley Bulldogs came growling at the door on January 19, and met with an extremely motivated and focused Warrior team succeeding with a score of 76-36.
Senior Shelby Snead hit nine threes in the game and broke the school record of seven threes in a game held by Shelby and alumna Kim McLaughlin. Three other PCHS teammates combined for six more threes for a total of 16 treys.
Snead's 27 points was followed by Chloe Bland's 19 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and two blocks, and Lyndsey Barlow's 10 points. Sophomore point guard Heather Snead dished out eight assists, grabbed eight rebounds and scored nine points. The Elkins Inter-Mountain reported that Bland leads all girls basketball players in scoring in their six-county reporting area, all classes, this season.
The Lady Warriors then hit the road for a contest with the East Hardy Lady Cougars on January 22 in Baker.
Class A Pocahontas County (#6) improved to 10-2 and #11(tie)East Hardy dropped to 9-3.
Pocahontas County's only two losses were to #1 Class AA power Summers County and #2 (at the time of game) Class AA Berkeley Springs, both at the Reynolds Oil Classic in Hinton.
The earlier matchup had PCHS winning 60-46, so this was an improvement from a 14 point win to a 28 point win.
Bland scored 11 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, blocked three shots and had five steals. Shelby Snead was high scorer with 13 points, including three treys. Barlow scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds. Junior Miranda McNabb blocks seven shots and grabbed six defensive rebounds.
In anticipation of bad weather, the Lady Warriors made it to Midland Trail on January 25 to take on the Patriots.
Class A #5 (AP Coaches Poll) Pocahontas County continued their recent streak of rolling over opponents and improved their record to 11-2.
PCHS led 47-9 at the half. Bland had 18 of her 20 game-high points in the first half. McNabb had 11 of her 13 points at the half, as well. Sophomore Olivia Workman had seven of her 11 points in the first half. The AP Poll, published on January 24, had the Lady Warriors tied for the fifth position with Charleston Catholic while the Tucker County Wildcats were ranked seventh.
After three days of weather-related school cancellations, the Lady Warriors gathered early on Saturday, January 29, for a practice prior to that evening's game with Tucker County.
Metro Sports Power Index #4 Pocahontas County beat #7 Tucker County for the first time in three years at home in front of a full house.
McNabb scored the first 10 points for PCHS and McNabb's 13 first quarter points gave PCHS the early control. The game was tied at 5-5 and 31-31 in the first and third quarters, respectively and PCHS led the rest of the game.
Bland scored 12 of her 14 points in the third and fourth quarters and hit seven of eight foul shots in those two quarters. Shelby Snead had eight of her 18 points in the fourth to keep the lead over the Lady Mountain Lions. Heather Snead had six assists and Barlow had eight rebounds. McNabb had 17 points and Bland 14 points and seven rebounds for the coveted PCHS (12-2) Win over PVC Rival Tucker County.
The Lady Warriors will now enjoy home games this week with the Fayetteville Pirates on February 4 and the Meadow Bridge Wildcats on February 5.
The postponed Pendleton County game has been rescheduled for February 14.