Alderson Broaddus upsets Davis & Elkins

Leah Hurst finished with a game-high 20 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead Alderson-Broaddus past Davis & Elkins 58-54 Monday in West Virginia Conference action at the McDonnell Center.

The Lady Battlers (8-19) advances to the second-round and will face No. 5 Seton Hill at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center.

“We haven’t been to Charleston for the last 14 years,” Alderson-Broaddus coach Josh Allen said. “We’re excited to be heading back.”

Cayla Rhodes added 11 points and pulled down five rebounds, while Nautica Davis chipped in with nine points and grabbed six assists for the Lady Battlers who led 31-30 at halftime.

“I’m very proud of the team’s effort tonight,” Allen said. “We like our chances in the second round against Seton Hill.”

Page Turner fired in a team-high 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Lady Senators (15-12).

Amy Turner added nine points, while Ashley Bowles and Jorden?Lykes had eight points for Davis & Elkins.

“You have to give Coach Allen and his team all the credit,” Davis & Elkins Coach Jason Asbell said. “They were focused, they were in constant attack mode and they played hard for 40 minutes. We are slowly building our program here and this season was another step in the right direction. I’m very proud of our team and I appreciate everything that Beth Gribble, Amy Turner and Page Turner have done for our program. They will certainly be missed.”

Davis & Elkins finishes the season with an 15-12 record.

Wesleyan 66, West Virginia State 56

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Wesleyan pulled off one of several opening round upsets Monday night in the WVIAC Women’s Basketball Tournament, going on the road to defeat the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets 66-56. Coach Jackie Devane’s squad advances to the quarterfinals in Charleston as the historic league embarks on its final tourney.

State led early, holding a 17-11 lead at the 10:12 mark of the first half, but Wesleyan responded with an emphatic run. The Bobcats utilized a strong effort on the offensive boards and a stifling defense to close the half with a 27-10 surge and a 38-27 halftime lead.

Both defenses locked down the offensive production in the second half, but the Yellow Jackets could not piece together a comeback. In the end, State committed 18 turnovers, and the Bobcats enjoyed a strong 47-33 advantage in team rebounding.

“We told the girls before the game that if our defense could neutralize their two main scorers, and if we could attack the boards hard, that we could beat this team,” Devane said. “We were able to do those things and we got some positive results.”

Brittany Maxey led the Bobcats with team highs of 17 points, 11 rebounds and five steals. She was complemented by a 14-point, 11-rebound night from Atavia Blake and 14 points from Kerry Conroy. Allie Browne recorded a team-high seven assists.

India Taste led State with 14 points as the Yellow Jackets closed their season at 13-14. Wesleyan improves to 9-17. The Bobcats play Wednesday in the quarterfinals against the number three seed Fairmont squad.