MILL CREEK - Tygarts Valley used a late fourth- quarter run to hold off East Hardy 55-41 Wednesday in Potomac Valley Conference action.
"We didn't shoot the ball well in the first half, and in the third quarter we didn't play well and let East Hardy get back into the game," Tygarts Valley coach Mike DiPasquale said. "We went on a little run in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory."
The Lady Bulldogs (2-0) led 35-28 going into the fourth quarter before East Hardy cut the lead to five on a Megan Renner layup that made it 37-32 with 5:50 remaining.
The Inter-Mountain Photo by Andrew Davis
Tygarts Valley’s Erin Murphy goes up for a jumper in front of East Hardy’s Jade Foltz Wednesday in the Lady Bulldogs’ 55-41 victory at Mill Creek.
Tygarts Valley answered with an 8-4 run to build a 43-32 advantage with 3:38 left.
The Lady Cougars (1-3) came no closer then seven points after a free-throw from Rayann Foltz made it 43-36.
Tygarts Valley finished the contest on a 12-5 run over final 2:00.
The Lady Bulldogs led 15-11 after the first quarter and 29-17 at halftime.
Shanda Howell finished with a team-high 20 points, while Paige Pritt added nine points and five assists for the Lady Bulldogs.
Emily Pingley pulled down 12 rebounds, while Charity Lower had six steals for the winners.
"We turned the ball over way too many times tonight," DiPasquale said. "We're going to have to shoot the ball better on Friday against Tucker County."
Marilyn Cassell had 12 points, while Ruby Fridley added eight points for East Hardy.
"We just had too many mistakes tonight," East Hardy coach Bridget Billmeyer said. "I was happy with how the girls never quit and really battled until the end.
"We were able cut the lead down to five twice in the fourth quarter but just fell short."
East Hardy will host Moorefield at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a Potomac Valley Conference matchup .
Tygarts Valley will entertains Tucker County on the same evening for a PVC tilt at 7:30 p.m.