Lady Colts squeak past Elkins to earn first win

ELKINS – The Philip Barbour High School girls’ varsity basketball team narrowly edged Elkins Wednesday evening, 44-42, to earn their first victory of the season.

The Lady Colts improve to 1-4 on the season, while the Lady Tigers remain winless at 0-4.

PBHS coach Stan Fitzwater hopes his squad can build confidence from the win. Earlier in the week, senior Nikki Shriver went down with a knee injury and could miss the rest of the season pending the results of an MRI. Fitzwater said the team “stepped up” and “focused on defense” in her absence.

“Defense wins games,” Fitzwater said. “Overall, our team defense is pretty solid. We didn’t let them get any easy shots. I’m pleased with our effort. The girls didn’t shoot well, but they hung in there and held them off. I think it will build some confidence.”

The Colts held Elkins to 17 points in the second half. However, Fitzwater wasn’t pleased with his team’s shooting in the first half.

“Our shooting percentage was only about 20 percent in the first half,” Fitzwater said. “That really hindered us. We’ve been working hard in practice and the girls are getting better every day. We’re working on good, solid fundamentals. Hopefully, the shots will start to fall.”

Brooke Pomp and Cassandra Triplett led the Colts in scoring with 14 points each. Pomp also contributed 22 rebounds, while Haley Stewart added eight points.

EHS coach Cathy Duffield said she is still looking for five players that “mesh well together.” She said some of the girls were fighting a virus and it may have caused them to “lose steam” in the second half.

“We played an excellent first half,” Duffield said. “But when we came out in the second half, we were flat and got in foul trouble.”

Charlie George paced the Tigers on offense with 11 points, followed by Haley Collins with nine points and Jaycee Saseen with eight points.

PB returns to action on Dec. 17 at home against Buckhannon. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Elkins is set to play at Lincoln on 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17.

In other girls’ varsity basketball action:

Lewis County (2-2) won its second straight game after defeating Liberty, 53-26.

Brooklyn Perkey led Lewis County in scoring with 19 points. KayLee Pethtel led in rebounds with nine and also contributed five steals.

Abigail Rock led Liberty in scoring with 10 points.

Lewis County will next face Grafton at home on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.