Lady Warriors stomp Bulldogs
The Lady Warriors continued their six game winning streak Tuesday night by overwhelming Tygarts Valley, 74-31. The Lady Bulldogs only managed to score five points in the entire first quarter, while the Lady Warriors racked up 23.
"We've been pretty fortunate the last couple of years. The majority of the teams we've played, we've had some pretty good-sized spreads, especially against the single A schools," said Pocahontas County coach Tim McClung.
Although the entire team played impeccably throughout the evening; the pinnacle of the game belonged to Lady Warrior guard Chloe Bland. In the first quarter of the showdown, the game was interrupted for an announcement to acknowledge another landmark achievement for her.
"She broke Jennifer Young's record [from 1994] last night, the career record for girls. Chloe has an opportunity, depending on how well she does scoring, to break the overall record for boys and girls," said McClung.
This is the third county record Bland has broken this season, with eight more regular season games still on the schedule. Chloe's mom Ruth has been following her daughter's accomplishments closely.
"Most points in a game, which is 38. She has the career rebounding record of both boy and girls and now she is on her way to breaking the boy's record," she said.
According to McClung, Bland has earned the achievement without any special attention and more from her own skill and her teammates' contributions.
"If I wanted Chloe to build up points, I could leave her in and let her try and work up her totals, but that's something I've never done and I don't have any intentions of doing in the future," said McClung. We just try to get better each game as a team. She's having a really good season. Chloe is on a good team, this team complements Chloe. She's played with a lot of these girls for the past six years now. I think that helps her and I think the style of basketball that we play has been beneficial."
McClung shared one of the Lady Warriors' precepts in an interview after the game.
"We have a little saying, we play off a couple words. One is intensity, and two is frustration. We try to frustrate the opposing team with our defense and our intensity," he said. "I thought we played well in the first quarter and I thought we played well in the third quarter. I wasn't overly pleased with the second quarter, I think we had sort of a let down in our intensity. They picked up though in the third quarter after our halftime get together. It's hard to maintain that intensity when you're beating a team by twenty some points. Sometimes it's easy to start to relax or not execute."
Even with an astounding 43-point difference on the scoreboard at the end of the night, McClung feels there is room for improvement on the squad.
"One of things we will work on and improve a little bit is the foul-shooting. I wasn't happy at all with the foul-shooting, we're still struggling from the foul line as a team. We'll continue to work on that. You got to make those foul shots to beat a good team," he said.
Despite McClung's desire to continue to develop the Lady Warriors' into a better team, he feels confident they will see post season action.
"I think we should be the #1 seed going into the sectional tournaments if things keep going the way they are now," he said.
Bland was the high scorer for the evening with 17 points and six rebounds. Forward Miranda McNabb contributed 14 points and led the Lady Warriors defensively, grabbing seven rebounds with five steals and three blocks. Freshman guard Bobbie McNabb scored 12 points for the Lady Warriors and shot two-for-two from the free-throw line. Freshman guard Tristan Day scored nine points, pulled in three rebounds and had three steals. Lady Warrior Guard Heather Snead scored seven points, grabbed one rebound and supplied three assists. Guard Olivia Workman put up five points, rebounded the ball twice, stole the ball three times, and contributed five assists. Lady Warrior guard Erin White put four points on the scoreboard and was the only other Lady Warrior to shoot 100 percent from the free-throw line. White also snagged three rebounds, stole the ball twice and provided five assists. Guard Makeia Jonese put up four points and stole the ball once. Sophomore forward Katie Friel sank a bucket for the Lady Warriors. Guard Marka Kane brought in two rebounds and blocked a Lady Bulldog shot. Lady Warrior Bethany Arbogast contributed an assist for the Lady Warriors.
Tuesday night's sweep leaves the Lady Warriors regular season record at 11-3.