BUCKHANNON - Davis & Elkins' women ended their regular season on a positive note, defeating long-time rival West Virginia Wesleyan 65-49. The contest was the WVIAC finale for the two long-time foes in the historic league.
Page Turner led the Lady Senator attack with 19 points, draining five three-pointers. Sharmaine Booker complemented her with an 11-point effort off the bench. Davis & Elkins opened up a 35-24 lead at the half, and extended that advantage in the second half. Several Bobcat runs in the second half were turned back by timely answers from both Turner and Booker. For the game, D&E connected on 9-of-18 three pointers. Jorden Lykes posted a team-high seven rebounds with Turner leading a balanced passing day with four assists. Nine different Lady Senators recorded an assist as the tallied a total of 17. Sharing the basketball was a major key to the D&E success in the finale.
Brittany Maxey led the Bobcats with 15 points in her final game in the Orange and Black.
Kerry Conroy added 10 while Atavia Blake produced a game-high 10 rebounds. The Bobcats connected on only 3-of-16 three-pointers and shot only 29.6 percent from the field as a whole. The stifling Senator defense kept the Wesleyan scoring to a minimum throughout the day.
Davis & Elkins enters the league tournament with a 15-11 overall record and a 14-8 league mark. The Lady Senators are locked into the No. 4 spot in the league standings and will Alderson-Broaddus at 6:30 p.m. today. Wesleyan falls to 8-17 and 7-15 and will travel to West Virginia State today in league action.
Davis & Elkins 72
BUCKHANNON - It was a Hollywood script ending in Buckhannon Saturday afternoon, as West Virginia Wesleyan overcame a six-point deficit in the final minute to defeat Davis & Elkins 73-72 in the season finale.
Senior Kelsey Williams was the hero. Playing in his final game at the Rockefeller Center, he drained a pair of three-pointers in the final 13 seconds, including the game-winner with 3 seconds left. Amazingly, it was only his third and fourth three-point makes of the entire season.
"It sounds crazy, but that's how coach drew it up," Williams said. "I think he did that because I was somebody they would not guard that far out. I just let it go and started praying."
Each team battled close throughout. A Chris Dewberry three at the end of the half put Wesleyan up 39-33 at the break, but the Senators surged to take control late in the second half. A brief but effective 4-0 run put D&E up 70-64 with 55 seconds remaining, and that appeared to the dagger.
A defensive stop sandwiched between a pair threes, the last a Williams bomb at the 13-second mark left the game tied at 70-70. After getting fouled at the 12-second mark, hit a pair of free throws to put the Senators up 72-70. Wesleyan called timeout to set up the final play. From there, coach Patrick Beilein's memory of the final strategy differed a little from Williams' version.
"We actually had Noah (Cottrill) coming off a drag screen from Soren (Dossing). I just told Kelsey to screen and pop out and he got the ball to shoot it," Beilein said. "He has been getting better with that outside shot and I had total confidence in him in that situation."
In the two teams' final WVIAC battle in the historic league, a dramatic ending was fitting. After the Rockefeller Center crowd erupted, Williams was carried off the floor by a painted and shirtless crew from the Bobcat track team.
"I think I'm going to ask coach to let me shoot a lot more (three-pointers) next week," Williams joked.
Davis & Elkins was led by Igor Premasunac with 17 points, while Devin Miller and D'Quan Lynch each added 16 in a very balanced attack.
Josh Wamsley added 13 and Shane Brown 10. The starting five accounted for every D&E point, and 34 of the team's 36 rebounds. Lynch recorded a game-high eight assists.
Williams led Wesleyan with game highs of 31 points and 12 rebounds. Fellow senior Caleb Ashley scored 13 with Dewberry and Cottrill scoring 11 each. Ray Warren posted a team high five assists.
Wesleyan closes its regular season at 12-14 and 9-13 in the league. Davis Elkins falls to 8-18 and 7-15.
Mercyhurst 3, Wesleyan 2
Nick Benges gave Wesleyan a quality complete game start Sunday afternoon, but the Bobcats came up short to Mercyhurst 3-2. Benges only gave up three runs, all earned over his nine innings, recording a pair of strikeouts.
Wesleyan took the lead 2-0 in the fourth. Elkins native Spencer Webley singled home Ryan Lewicki with the first Bobcat run, and Webley scored later in the inning on a single from Colin Gotham. Lewicki and Gotham each posted 2-for-3 games to lead a seven-hit Wesleyan offense.
Mercyhurst battled back methodically, scoring single runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to take the lead. Tanner Delahoy pitched three scoreless innings in relief to hold off the Bobcats.
West Virginia Wesleyan gave first year lacrosse head coach Karli Brentlinger her first victory as a head coach Saturday afternoon, as the Lady Bobcats recorded a convincing 18-5 road victory at Alderson-Broaddus.
Wesleyan marched to a 9-1 halftime lead behind four goals from Kelly Steen. A-B responded with the first two second half goals, but the Lady Bobcats closed the game with a 9-2 surge.
Steen led all scorers with six goals, followed by teammate Jessica Hardman with four. Makenzi Robinson and Taylor Holmes added three goals apiece. Hardman delivered a game-high two assists.
Alderson-Broaddus was led by Cynthia Rice with four goals, with Danielle Hoffmaster adding the other tally.
West Virginia Wesleyan's men's tennis team posted a key early season victory Saturday, defeating the No. 4-ranked regionally Edinboro Fighting Scots.
Coach Marc Walters' team did it in convincing fashion, sweeping the doubles division, and snagging five wins in singles as the Bobcats rolled to an 8-1 decision.
Ed Gusevs, at No. 2, Javier Yim-Kim, at No. 3, Aitor Reparaz, at No. 4, Nathan Savell, at No. 5, and Joel Izquierdo, at No. 6, all snagged singles wins.
In doubles, the No. 1 team of Gesevs and Yim-Kim captured titles, the No. 2 team of Reparaz and Izquierdo and the No. 3 team of Savell and Douglas Oliverio all were victorious.
Wesleyan is back in action Saturday, traveling to Chowan College for a non-conference matchup.