Fast start helps propel Lady Colts past Lewis

PHILIPPI – Philip Barbour coach Tammy Martin knew her team needed a good start Wednesday night against Lewis County.

The Lady Colts, who entered the night on a six-game losing skid, did just that, taking an early 10-2 lead to coast to a 44-32 Big 10 Conference win.

It was the first victory for Philip Barbour since Dec. 19 at Buckhannon-Upshur.

“We needed to come out and play well early to get some confidence,” Martin said. “We wanted to come out and push the ball when we got a (defensive) rebound and use our quickness.”

The Lady Colts carried an 18-10 lead into the second quarter before both offenses struggled to find points.

The teams combined for 11 markers in the canto, and Philip Barbour didn’t scored its first basket until Celeste Kelly drilled a jumper with just under 3 minutes left in the half to make it 20-14.

A trey by Marissa Carey, who had 11 of her team-high 15 points in the first half, to end the quarter allowed the hosts to carry a 23-16 edge into intermission.

“Marissa showed what she’s capable of in the first half,” Rogers said.

A inside basket by Danielle James, who led the Minutemaids with 13 points, cut the lead to 28-22 midway through the third quarter.

Lindsay Riley, who picked up two fouls in the first half, then banked in a 3-pointer to start the Lady Colts on a 6-2 run to end the period.

“Getting Lindsay back on the floor in the second half was big for us,” Martin said. “She made some big plays for us in the third quarter.”

Philip Barbour took its biggest lead of the night on a layup by Carey, making it 40-24 with 6:14 left in regulation.

Karli Hamrick’s layup cut the lead to 42-32 with 2 minutes left but Lewis County came no closer.

Both teams will play conference games on Friday as the Minutemaids will host Lincoln and the Lady Colts will visit Fairmont Senior.