Lady Warriors lose heartbreaker to Charleston Catholic in State Tournament
Lady Warriorsﾠﾠﾠ 39
Charleston Catholicﾠﾠﾠ 40
The season came to an end for the fifth-seeded Lady Warriors (15-7) last Thursday night at the quarterfinals of the state tournament in Charleston with a 39-40 loss to fourth-seeded Charleston Catholic (13-11).
The Irish forced several turnovers early and ran off 13 unanswered points before junior Karen Wilfong put PCHS on the scoreboard with a free throw with less than 10 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
Coach Tim McClungﾒs young squad rallied in the second quarter outscoring Charleston Catholic 16-12 to trim the deficit to eight points at the break.
The Lady Warriors continued to chip away at the Irish lead in the third quarter.
Wilfong nailed a free throw after being fouled on a made shot for the gameﾒs first tie, 30-30, with six seconds left in the quarter.
The Irish answered with a basket to close out the quarter and take a 32-30 lead into the final frame.
PCHS fought furiously in the final eight minutes and led 37-36 until Charleston Catholicﾒs Emily Blake came off the bench to drain two free throws with 33.4 seconds left to lift the Irish to a 38-37 lead.
The Lady Warriors were unable to respond on their next possession.
Blake would capitalize on both ends of a one-and-one with 6.7 seconds remaining to provide the Irish with a three-point cushion.
Freshman Heather Snead went the length of the court for her only score of the game on a layup and pulled PCHS to within a point with 1.9 ticks left.
Charleston Catholic was able to run out the clock on their next possession and earn a place in the semifinals against defending state champion St. Joseph.
Sophomore Miranda McNabb led PCHS with 11 points and amassed a game-high five blocked shots.
McNabb connected on a team-high three three-pointers on the night.
Junior Shelby Snead fired in 10 points.
Wilfong finished with six points off of the bench.
Sophomore Chloe Bland grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds while McNabb tallied seven.
Classmate Erin White dished out a team-high three assists.
Pocahontas County High School also received the Spirit Award for the Class A tournament.
PC- 8(5) 8-12 39: McNabb 11, S. Snead 10, Wilfong 6, Bland 4, Barlow 2, H. Snead 2, White 2, Arbogast 2
CC- 11(4) 6-12 40: Whelan 13, Blake 8, Thomas 7, Hoyer 7, Wood 3, Casey 2
West Virginia Basketball State Tournament
Class A Girls Results
G1: No. 3 Tucker County 46, No. 6 Trinity 33
G2: No. 2 St. Marys 51, No. 7 Wheeling Central 37
G3: No. 1 St. Joseph 82, No. 8 Meadow Bridge 25
G4: No. 4 Charleston Catholic 40, No. 5 Pocahontas County 39
G5: No. 3 Tucker County 36, No. 2 St. Marys 63
G6: No.1 St. Joseph 47, No. 4 Charleston Catholic 36
G7: No. 2 St. Marys 44, No.1 St. Joseph 58