D&E falls to FSU

FAIRMONT – Hailey Garrett had 19 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Fairmont State past Davis & Elkins 51-50 Saturday in West Virginia Conference action.

Emily Lohr followed with nine points, while Briana Welch had seven points for the Lady Falcons (12-6, 10-3?WVIAC).

Alicia Lentz and Sharmaine Baker had 10 points each for the Lady Senators (9-8, 8-5), who led 28-19 at halftime.

Jorden Lykes followed with nine points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Senators.

Davis & Elkins will host Ohio Valley at 5:30 p.m. today in a West Virginia Conference matchup.

Pitt Johnstown 57, Wesleyan 53

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Pitt-Johnstown’s Kaitlynn Fratz drilled a game-winning 3-pointer for Pitt-Johnstown with 36 seconds remaining Saturday afternoon, breaking a 53-53 tie and sparking a 57-53 victory for the Mountain Cats over West Virginia Wesleyan in WVIAC women’s basketball action.

Fratz’ big shot came on the heels of a prolonged dry spell from UPJ, as the Bobcats locked them down with defensive pressure in mounting a late comeback.

In front of a “white-out” crowd in Johnstown (all white t-shirt wearing customers were admitted free), Wesleyan battled the Mountain Cats to a 26-26 tie at the half. Pitt-Johnstown assumed control early in the second half, and built a six-point lead at 51-45 with seven and half minutes remaining. Wesleyan’s defense turned it up a notch at that point, holding UPJ scoreless for almost five minutes, producing a 7-2 surge that tied the contest going into the final minute. A three-pointer from Wesleyan’s Brittany Maxey cut the deficit to 53-52 with 1:50 remaining, and a Danesha Richardson free throw at 1:36 tied the game.

This set the stage for Fratz’ game winning bomb. Wesleyan could provide an equalizer, and a late Mountain Cat free throw ended the scoring.

Fratz led all scorers with 24 points. She was complemented by teammate Rachel Johnson, who registered a team high nine rebounds.

Richardson led Wesleyan with 21 points and 14 rebounds, with Maxey also providing a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Wesleyan led in team rebounding 46-33, but was hampered by a 20-of-63 day from the floor. The Bobcats fall to 6-10 overall and 5-8 in the WVIAC. Pitt-Johnstown extends its league record to 8-6 and pushes its overall mark to 10-7. The Bobcats are idle until hosting Fairmont State on Saturday for a WVC contest.

Men’s Basketball

Pitt Johnstown 78,

Wesleyan 64

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -?Pitt-Johnstown pulled away in the second half Saturday afternoon, handing the West Virginia Wesleyan men their fourth consecutive loss, 78-64.

Playing without sharpshooter T.J. Thompson, who is out with an injury, the Bobcats connected on only 4-of-16 three-pointers. This just one week after an effort that produced 17 three-pointers against Wheeling Jesuit.

Wesleyan kept it close early, and trailed by a manageable four points at the half, 35-31.

The Mountain Cats opened up some separation in the second half, and held off any potential Bobcat rally down the stretch.

Nick Novack led Pitt-Johnstown with 23 points and five assists. Jordan Miller added 16 points and broke the school record for three-point field goals made. Miller’s four bombs on the day raised his career total to 271. The previous Mountain Cat record was 269.

Kelsey Williams led Wesleyan with game highs of 32 points and 11 rebounds. He was followed by Noah Cottrill with 14 and Tanner McGrew with eight. Ray Warren posted a game-high six assists.

Pitt-Johnstown improves to 11-7 with the win and an even 7-7 in the WVIAC. Wesleyan falls to 8-9 and 5-8. The Bobcats return to action Saturday, hosting Fairmont State in an afternoon tilt.

Fairmont State 72,

Davis &?Elkins 66

LOGAN?-?Issac Thornton had 18 points to lead Fairmont State past Davis & Elkins 72-66 Saturday in WVIAC action at Wilie Akers Arena.

Malik Stith followed with 17 points and four assists, while Brendan Cooper chipped in with 14 points for the Falcons (13-4, 11-2 WVIAC), who led 37-30 at halftime.

Devin Miller and D’Quan Lynch had 15 points each for the Senators, (5-12, 4-9).

Lynch also had seven rebounds and six assists for Davis & Elkins.

Igor Premasunac followed with 12 points and nine rebounds for the Senators.

Davis & Elkins will host Ohio Valley at 7:30 p.m. today for a WVC tilt.

High school basketball

Clay-Battelle 60, TV 39

BLACKSVILLE – Logan Opyoke had 17 points to lead Clay-Battelle past Tygarts Valley 60-39 Saturday in the second round of the WVHIT tournament.

Tanner Bragg followed with 13 points, while Jarrett Roush and Zach Chisler had eight points each for the Cee-Bees.

Brett Griffith had 22 points, while Adam Cassell had 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Bulldogs (9-3).

Tygarts Valley will travel to Beckley and play Valley (Fayette) at 9 p.m. today in the Big Atlantic Tournament.