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PARKERSBURG — Not playing a game since their away loss to Morgantown a week ago and out to avenge a loss to Fort Frye earlier in the season, the Parkersburg South Patriots were eager to get back on the hardwood and it showed.
South dominated the game from the opening tip on both sides of the ball, to run away for a 75-25 victory Saturday night at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.
Senior forward Zach Seese made six field goals on the floor to score a game-high 16 points in the win. Fellow senior big man Malaki Sylvia chipped in with 10 points and each pulled down five boards between them.
Senior guard Nathan Currey was sandwiched in between the two bigs with 13 points, as Currey provided the Patriots (6-3) with eight points in the opening period and three from behind the arc.
Senior Dylan Day provided a spark off the bench, scoring six out of his eight total points in the second quarter alone and five steals as well.
In foul trouble throughout the night, senior guard Cam Marks dished out three assists, three blocks to go along with his four points.
South also set a school record for the lowest amount of points allowed in a game, as the previous best was holding Mount View to 25 in 2000.
“It was an awesome defensive performance from us, I was really proud of our kids. We had a long layoff, we played Morgantown last Friday and we had a long week of practice,” South head coach Brett Rector said. “I knew it was going to be tough for the guys, all week without a game and you just got to credit them because they really bought in.” Snapping a four-game winning streak, the Cadets (11-2) struggled to find the bottom of the net in all four quarters of play, only making six field goals. They went without a field goal for two quarters, not scoring from the field until the fourth quarter on 3-pointer from junior Luke Huffman with less than 30 seconds played in the final period.
Fort Frye was paced by six points by Huffman and senior Kelton Fogle.
“It was just one of those nights, couldn’t seem to get anything going our way and give Parkersburg South credit. They did a lot of right things on defense and we just got to get a little more confident with the ball,” Fort Frye head coach Eric Henniger said. “We are going to come in on Monday and figure things out because we got a big game on Tuesday with Morgan, so we got to play a whole lot better.”
Fort Frye scored the first bucket of the game with Caden Fryman getting the Cadets on the board at the 5:38 mark, South however tied it at two-all with a Seese two and took the lead on a Currey deep ball of a Marks dish at the 4:58 mark, a lead that South never lost.
Fogle went strong at the rim to cut the lead to only one but a mid-range jumper by Alex Woodard made it a three-score game at 3:49.
Brady Schilling made both freebies and Fogle scored another bucket but thanks to Currey’s five points, Sylvia and Ashton Mooney each chipped in with two points. South went on a 9-2 scoring run to take a 16-8 lead after the first period.
Fort Frye’s struggles continued, as Fogle scored the only points of the second coming from the free-throw line.
While South pulled away with scoring 12 points, in due part of Day and senior Jeffery Tucker providing a spark off the bench.
Day provided with six-points and two steals, while Tucker also caused a turnover and an assist to Seese down low at the 3:51 mark.
Fort Frye got one point on the board from Schilling but it was all South in the third, scoring 27 unanswered points as the Cadets shooting woes continued.
Seese, Currey and junior Jake Hogsett each scored five points, as well four from Sylvia.
Both teams resume action on Tuesday as Parkersburg South will be hosting the defending class-AAA state champs University and Fort Frye hits the road to face Morgan.
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