John Marshall races past EHS; Pocahontas rolls

FAIRMONT?- Sophomore Torie Derrow scored 17 points to lift John Marshall past Elkins, 61-38, Saturday at the Fairmont Holiday Classic.

“We actually played very good ball in the first half,” Tigers head coach Cathy Duffield said. “But we ran into an aggressive defense. They used a half-court trap that we had not seen before.

“We are a young team and we are still learning. But in all honesty, I saw the best ball out of my girls to date.”

Duffield believes turnovers were the difference in the game. She said the Monarchs’ defensive schemes created problems for her young players.

“We let an aggressive defense get in our heads,” Duffield said. “We stopped working the ball and let them dictate what we were doing. We’re still going through growing pains. But we are growing by leaps and bounds. We’re going to have some good moments, we’re already seeing it. The girls all hustle and I’m proud of them.”

Senior Madison Collett led the Tigers in scoring with 12 points. Charlie George added 10 points, while Jaycie Saseen and Haley Lloyd scored six points each.

“Madison had an excellent tournament,” Duffield said. “Her passes were right on target. She’s also not afraid to shoot and she was making them.”

Elkins will return home at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to face Big 10 Conference foe Lewis County.

Pocahontas County 66

James Monroe ……. 45

SUMMERSVILLE – Junior Tristen Day hit for 29 points Saturday to help Pocahontas County cruise past James Monroe, 66-45, in the consolation round of the Armory Classic.

Day finished with four 3-pointers in the contest.

Bobbie McNabb contributed 13 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Warriors, while Melissa Murphy and Sarah Ryder also added 10 points each. Murphy was 14 of 14 from the free-throw line during the tournament.

Laine Shiflett paced James Monroe with 19 points and eight rebounds. Her sister, Carter Shiflett, added eight points.

Nicholas County defeated Tolsia, 42-35, in the championship game.