Pocahontas dominates in tourney action
Pocahontas County High School hosted the sixth annual Allegheny Mountain Radio (AMR) Tournament December 28-29.
Highland County, Bath County and Grace Christian traveled from Virginia to try to upend the Warriors and Lady Warriors on their home floor
Both squads from PCHS cruised to tournament championships.
Lady Warriors Chloe Bland and Shelby Snead were selected to the All-Tournament team for their efforts throughout the two-day event.
Jimmy Wiley and Jerry Simonin represented the Warriors on the All-Tournament team.
Tournament Results Semifinals, December 28
Bath Countyﾠﾠﾠ 81
Grace Christianﾠﾠﾠ 37
Pocahontas Countyﾠﾠﾠ 87
Highland Countyﾠﾠﾠ 47
Bath Countyﾠﾠﾠ 64
Grace Christianﾠﾠﾠ 30
Pocahontas Countyﾠﾠﾠ 77
Highland Countyﾠﾠﾠ 21
Consolation Games, December 29
Highland Countyﾠﾠﾠ 60
Grace Christianﾠﾠﾠ 53
Grace Christianﾠﾠﾠ 55
Highland Countyﾠﾠﾠ 11
Championship Games, December 29
Pocahontas Countyﾠﾠﾠ 83
Bath Countyﾠﾠﾠ 51
Pocahontas Countyﾠﾠﾠ 68
Bath Countyﾠﾠﾠ 57
PCHS Game Recaps
Lady Warriorsﾠﾠﾠ 77
Highland Co. (Va.)ﾠﾠﾠ 21
The eighth-ranked Lady Warriors (2-1) crushed Highland County 77-21 in the semifinals of the AMR Tournament to secure a place in the championship game against Bath County (Va.).
PCHS iced the contest early by jumping out to a commanding 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The impressive Lady Warrior defense held the Lady Rams (1-4) scoreless until late in the second quarter to secure a 52-3 halftime lead.
Second half action was much closer as the PCHS offense cooled off and managed only 24 points.
The Lady Warrior defense continued to press the Lady Rams and allowed only 18 points over the final two quarters.
All 13 players on the roster received playing time for PCHS.
Sophomores Chloe Bland and Lyndsey Barlow scored a game-high 13 points each to lead the Lady Warriors.
Junior Shelby Snead and freshman Heather Snead added 11 points each.
PCHS logged 26 steals on the night and committed only seven turnovers.
Bland and classmate Erin White were responsible for a team-high six thefts each.
White also recorded a team-high three assists.
Bland rounded out her all-around performance with a team-high eight rebounds.
PC ﾭﾭﾖ 30(4) 5-12 77: Bland 13, Barlow 13, S. Snead 11, H. Snead 11, Jonese 9, McNabb 8, White 4, Wilfong 4, Nottingham 2, Arbogast 2
HC ﾖ 6(3) 0-2 21: Simmons 10, Newcomb 5, Landrum 4, Ralston 2
Lady Warriorsﾠﾠﾠ 68
Bath Co. (Va.) ﾠﾠﾠ 57
The Lady Warriors (3-1) pulled out a 68-57 win over Bath County (Va.) to grab the AMR Tournament championship last Tuesday.
PCHS led 16-10 after the first quarter, but trailed 27-30 at halftime following a 20-11 scoring run by the Lady Chargers (5-2) during the second quarter.
The Lady Warriors opened the second half with a 19-11 run to take a 46-41 lead at the end of the third.
Bath County attempted to close the gap in the final stanza, but PCHS held strong outscoring the Lady Chargers 22-16 to seal the win.
The contest was very physical and both teams were plagued by fouls.ﾠ The Lady Warriors were called for 30 personal fouls.ﾠ Head Coach Tim McClung was forced to make adjustments as two PCHS players fouled out and three players had four fouls.
Bath County was whistled for 25 personal fouls and two technical fouls.ﾠ The Lady Chargers also lost two players due to foul trouble and had one player with four fouls.
Sophomore Chloe Bland notched her first career double-double scoring a game-high 22 points and grabbing a team-high 14 rebounds to lead PCHS.
Bland saw minimal action during the second quarter due to foul trouble but rattled off 17 points during the Lady Warriorsﾒ pivotal 19-11 third quarter scoring run to regain the lead.
Junior Shelby Snead had a strong game from the perimeter and knocked down four three-point goals on her way to 15 points for the Lady Warriors.
Snead also led the PCHS defensive attack with five steals.
Sophomores Miranda McNabb and Lyndsey Barlow each chipped in 12 points.
McNabb also managed a team-high two blocked shots.
Snead and sophomore Erin White paced the Lady Warrior offense dishing out a team-high four assists each.
PC ﾖ 14(7) 19-34 68: Bland 22, S. Snead 15, Barlow 12, McNabb 12, Jonese 7
BC ﾖ 16(1) 22-47 57: Gardner 14, Sharp 13, Herscher 12, Robertson 8, Ford 6, Riley 2, Kortnei 2
Highland Co. (Va.)ﾠﾠﾠ 47
The tenth-ranked Warriors (2-0) defeated Highland County (Va.) 87-47 in the semifinals of the AMR Tournament to advance to the championship game against Bath County (Va.).
Senior Jerry Simonin scored eight points in the first quarter to help propel PCHS to a slim 16-15 lead.
Sophomore Dillon Kelly came off the bench in the second quarter to add eight points as the Warrior offense closed out the half on a 25-10 scoring run to push the lead to 41-25 at the break.
Senior Jimmy Wiley got into the action in the third quarter scoring 15 of his game-high 26 points.
PCHS extended the lead to 62-34 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Rams (2-4) were unable to mount any rally and continued to fall behind for the duration.
Wiley shot an astounding 77-percent from the floor on the night and knocked down a team-high five three-point field goals.
Wiley added a team-high 13 rebounds to his game-high 26 points to record his first double-double performance of the season.
Simonin and Kelly also landed in double-figures with 19 and 14 points respectively.
Sophomore Jed Sheets handed out a team-high nine assists and added a team-high four steals for the Warriors.
PC ﾖ 23(10) 11-16 87: Wiley 26, Simonin 19, Kelly 14, Knisely 7, Jonese 6, Lash 6, Bennett 3, Sharp 2, Sheets 2, Doss 2
HC ﾖ 14(4) 7-9 47: Lambert 8, Vaus 8, Bean 7, Botkin 7, Jamison 6, Gutshall 4, Hoyt 3, Moore 2, Chapman 2
Bath Co. (Va.)ﾠﾠﾠ 51
The Warriors (3-0) remained unbeaten as they downed Bath County 83-51 in the AMR Tournament championship game last Tuesday.
PCHS had previously beaten the Chargers 83-67 in their season-opener December 16.
The Warriors owned a 20-15 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
Senior Jimmy Wiley netted 10 points in the second quarter to help extend the PCHS lead to 41-23 at the break.
Wiley added 10 more points in the third quarter to lift the Warriors to a 62-33 lead with one quarter remaining.
Sophomore Dillon Kelly scored all nine of his points in the final stanza to help clinch the win.
Wiley concluded the night with his first triple-double performance of the season tallying a game-high 23 points, a team-high 10 assists and a team-high 12 rebounds.
Senior Jerry Simonin contributed 12 points and along with Wiley grabbed a team-high four steals.
Sophomore Jed Sheets chipped in nine points.
PC ﾖ 25(7) 12-17 83: Wiley 23, Simonin 12, Kelly 9, Sheets 9, Lash 7, Graham 7, Bennett 5, Jonese 5, Doss 4, Sharp 2
BC ﾖ 17(4) 5-12 51: Gentry 17, Bosserman 13, Frye 7, D. Newmarker 6, A. Newmarker 5, Rider 2, Plecker 1