Lady Warriors clinch sectional title
After a week of Class A Region 3 Section 1 basketball tournament play, the Lady Warriors grabbed the sectional title.
The Lady Warriors faced Midland Trail on February 21 for the first round of the sectionals on the Warrior's home court. The Pocahontas County Lady Warriors, ranked #4 by the AP and Metronews Sports Polls, never trailed in the opening game. Midland Trail started strong and got within one point, 6-7, in the first quarter. Pocahontas finished the opening quarter with a 13-0 run to end the quarter 24-8. Junior Chloe Bland scored the first four points and finished with 10 points in the quarter.
Senior Shelby Snead hit the first of four threes in the second quarter and finished the night with 204 treys in her record-breaking career.
Junior Sara Jonese scored in double figures with 12 game points - six of those in the second quarter.
At the half the Lady Warriors led 43-18. Four Lady Warriors would account for six threes in the third quarter and six ladies would make 12 treys on the night. Going into the fourth the Lady Warriors led 69-25. ﾠThe fourth quarter was low scoring, 10-4, with the bench of both teams getting playing time. Bland was high scorer with 18 points and Junior Miranda McNabb and Shelby Snead each contributed 14 points to the cause. Junior Lyndsey Barlow added three treys for nine points. Sophomore Heather Snead, Senior Elizabeth Arbogast, Freshman Allison Jonese and Senior Karen Wilfong also scored in the game. Pocahontas will face Richwood at PCHS for the Region 3 Section 1 Championship.
Lady Warriors battle Lumberjacks for title
The Richwood Lady Lumberjacks were overwhelmed 60-34 in Wednesday's battle by host Pocahontas County Warriors. ﾠRichwood (13-8) came into the Class A Region 3 Section 1 championship game with a home court win over Valley (Fayette) 56-43 to advance. Pocahontas County (19-2) sailed into the game with the highest ranking and best record in the region and a 79-29 win over Midland Trail. ﾠThe Lady Lumberjacks had won 10 of their last 12 games and Pocahontas was on a 17 game winning streak. PCHS senior Shelby Snead was 15 points from becoming the second girl in PCHS history to score 1,000 points. Jennifer Young was the first and only girl to score 1,000 points at PCHS. Her career ended in the 1993-94 school year. Young went on to be an All-American player at Bridgewater College.
Snead hit a three for the first score of the game. Snead hit for seven points, junior defensive stopper Lyndsey Barlow put in five points and junior Chloe Bland added four. PCHS started with a 10-0 run and held the 16-5 lead going into the second. Junior hook shooter extraordinaire Miranda McNabb started her scoring in the second with eight points.
By halftime, the #1 seed held a 51-32 advantage. By game's end Chloe Bland would have another double-double against the very tall Lumberjacks with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Snead added 10 rebounds for a double-double and added another coveted record by the end of the third with seven points in the quarter. Snead's last basket ended the stanza with a total 1,001 career points from 2007-2011, and is only the second girl to make the 1,000-point club at PCHS. Snead's basket resulted in a standing ovation as a group of fans held up signs with 1,000 on them. ﾠThe other four starters also scored in the tough third quarter that saw Richwood come alive and take the quarter 19-18. McNabb and Bland got into foul trouble in the fourth quarter with four fouls each, and Bland fouled out with 1:24 to go. Richwood's only points in the quarter were two resulting from foul shots. PCHS took the slowed down quarter 9-2. Pocahontas improves to 20-2 with an 18-game win streak. Their two losses tie the 1993-94 team for fewest regular season losses. The undefeated home season is a first and being undefeated in Class A play and in both conferences are best-ever accomplishments.
PCHS will now entertain the loser of the Section 2 Championship game, Meadow Bridge at PCHS on March 3 at 7 p.m. Richwood advances to play the winner, Greater Beckley Christian, who beat Bridge 46-36. Both winners advance to states and play on March 9. This is the tenth straight sectional championship and regional appearance for PCHS.