Sectional battle

PHILIPPI – Tygarts Valley and Tucker County advanced to the championship game of the Class A, Region II, Section 1 tournament with wins Wednesday night at Rex Pyles Arena on the campus of Alderson-Broaddus College.

The Lady Bulldogs (16-6) earned a 58-43 win over Notre Dame, while the Lady Mountain Lions rolled to a 93-25 victory over Union in Wednesday’s first game.

Shanda Howell had 20 points, Emily Pingley added 15 and Kelsey Arbogast 10 for Tygarts Valley, which took the lead for good in the second quarter after trailing 13-12 after the opening canto.

“I was very happy with our rebounding,” Lady Bulldog coach Mike DiPasquale said. “We dominated on the boards with our inside players, and our guards also played well to keep the game at our type of pace.”

Pingley grabbed 16 caroms to pace Tygarts Valley, which had lost both regular-season meetings against the Lady Irish.

“This win gives us a great opportunity to play for a sectional championship,” DiPasquale said. “We’re very excited to keep playing and advancing.”

Molly Angotti led Notre Dame (10-13) with 23 points.

Tucker County, meanwhile, had all 11 players dressed reach the scoring column in its victory.

Amber Evans and Stephanie Betler each had 13 points for the Lady Mountain Lions (17-5), while Madison Mullenax tallied 11 points, Aiyana Kachmarek 10 and Savannah Ambrose five blocked shots.

“We were able to play a lot of girls and get everyone involved in the game,” Tucker County coach Jim Ambrose said. “Now we have to get ready to play Tygarts Valley.”

Tiffany Jones had nine points for the Lady Tigers, who end the season 7-12.

Tucker County and Tygarts Valley will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Rex Pyles Arena