Lady Warriors corral Buffalo Bison with strong defense
The Pocahontas County Lady Warriors scored 80 or more points for the fifth time this season on Saturday afternoon at the soon to close Bison Barn at Buffalo High School in Buffalo. Buffalo High School students will move next year into a brand new school down the street close to the Toyota plant in Putnam County.
The PCHS varsity used their full-court pressure defense to keep the Bison pretty well controlled in their barn in one of the last games to be played at the facility. PCHS came out strong with a 14-4 first quarter with seven of those points scored by senior high scorer Chloe Bland. Sophomore Chelsey Parkins accounted for all four of the Bison points in the first frame. The Charleston Catholic Coach was in attendance to scout Buffalo for a possible Region IV encounter and Pocahontas for a possible states matchup.
Six Lady Warriors exploded for 32 points in the second period to take the 46-20 half-time lead. Senior Miranda McNabb was high scorer in the second with seven points followed by sister Bobbie and Olivia Workman, both with six points. Six Lady Warriors shared unselfishly in the scoring explosion and dished out seven assists. Freshman Ali Burdette was lead Bison with five points.
The third quarter was the most evenly contested frame of the game and Pocahontas managed to take it 18-16. Miranda McNabb added three more threes after getting one in the second. The Tribe had their best rebounding quarter with seven and their most blocks with four. Bland had to sit on the bench when she was called for three quick fouls in a row and fourth in the game, trying to stop the constant attacks to our basket by the Buffalo post players.
Miranda McNabb had the best quarter of any player on the floor in the fourth and scored 12 points, including two more threes for a total of six treys in the game. Miranda had her second straight career scoring game and hit 31 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Bland had another double-double of 19 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
Sophomore Paige Roush was high Bison scorer with 14 points. Junior Heather Snead was next with 13 points, four rebounds and four assists. Burdette scored 10 for Buffalo, and junior Olivia Workman matched the 10 points and added four steals and three rebounds. Bison junior Tiffany Bailey and freshman Warrior Bobbie McNabb each scored eight points, and Bobbie added four rebounds. Eight Warriors and seven Bison scored, and all players dressed saw action.
PCHS improves to 17-4, and Buffalo drops to an even 9-9. PCHS got called for six more fouls than BHS, 16-10. The offensive rebounding was close with PCHS getting the edge 17-14, but the Lady Warriors excelled at the defensive end 22-4. PCHS had a good night at the foul line, hitting 13 of 15 foul shots, and BHS camped out at the foul line, hitting 15 of 23. The Putnam County girls lost the threes competition 6-9 with Miranda McNabb hitting six treys on the night.
PCHS now awaits the voting of the Potomac Valley Coaches, which should confirm that one-loss Tucker County and one-loss PCHS will meet in the PVC Championship at Elkins High School on Saturday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. for the second year in a row.
Coaches Tim McClung and Kenny Lehman also await the vote of the Region 3 Section 1 coaches as to PCHS's first opponent, either Midland Trail, Richwood or Valley Fayette. All sectional and regional games involving the Lady Warriors are expected to be played at PCHS, due to their record, rankings and wins versus the other teams. Richwood lost to PCHS twice, and Trail and Valley were not on the Lady Warriors' schedule this season.
Metronews released their second girls power index as of February 1, and the Lady Warriors jumped from #41 in mid-January to #35 among all schools and from #6 to #5 in Class A. The PCHS schedule strength remains #5 of the top-10 Class A teams. Buffalo was ranked #12 in Class A.