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PARKERSBURG — In search of their first win of the season, the Parkersburg South girls came up just short against Cabell Midland, 68-64.
The Tuesday night crowd on hand at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center witnessed a game that went down to the wire.
Despite being down by multiple possessions in the second half, the Knights kept answering.
With South up 47-40 late in the third, Kaitlyn Potter took matters into her own hands by knocking down the last three shots of the quarter to tie the game.
The back-and-forth action was just getting started, as a 3-ball from PSHS’s Rylee Harner was quickly answered with a deep triple by top-scorer, Rylee Allie (28 points).
Another triple by Harner was followed up with a timely 3-pointer from Skylar Bosley to give the Patriots a 56-50 lead with around 5:30 to go. To counteract the runs CMHS went on, the Patriots made the most of their time at the free-throw line. In hitting 29-of-30 free throws, South executed the fundamentals to stay competitive. With less than two minutes remaining, both Erin Williams (who led her team with 16 points) and Makenna Winans (13 points) sank two free-throws to put PSHS ahead 62-59 with 1:25 left.
When Winans hit her shots to grow the lead, it was time for Cabell Midland’s Allie to respond.
On the following possession, she nailed a 3-ball from long range to even the score at 62.
From there, the Patriots hit two more from the charity stripe to regain the lead with 65 seconds left.
The Knights (4-0) took everything they had to score on the other end, and a basket from Autumn Lewis knotted it at 64 with less than a minute remaining.
By employing a full-court trap, CMHS forced multiple turnovers at inopportune times for the home team. The dagger came with 35.3 seconds on the clock, as Lewis was fouled after the ball was stolen away from Patriot rebounders. Lewis hit both freebies, as Williams had a runner go in and out on the other end.
It was another tough loss for head coach Rick Dobson’s Patriots (0-5), but he knows the team is getting better with each passing game.
“Right now, this makes the fifth team we’ve played, and their combined record is 21-2,” he said. “We’ve been in every single one of them, so we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with. It’s still early. Yes, it’s very disappointing to lose, but I’m very proud of our effort.”
The Patriots play host to Buckhannon-Upshur on Friday with a chance for coach Dobson to collect his first victory.
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