East defense stings Tigers

ELKINS – East Fairmont’s second-half pressure defense was too much for Elkins to overcome on Thursday night.

The Bees rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to claim a 46-28 win over the Tigers in Big 10 Conference play at Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.

“Their press really hurt us in the second half,” Elkins first-year coach Cathy Duffield said. “We had a hard time getting the ball across halfcourt and weren’t able to get anything going on the offensive end.”

The Tigers controlled the first half, leading 8-5 after one quarter and 18-11 at the intermission.

But a flurry of turnovers in the third quarter allowed East Fairmont to take control.

The Bees (4-3, 3-3 Big 10) started the third stanza on an 11-0 run, capped by Brooklynn Weaver’s 3-pointer that gave the visitors a 22-18 cushion with 2:49 left in the frame.

Weaver, a junior guard, finished the night with 17 points to take game-high scoring honors.

“We couldn’t buy a basket in the second half,” Duffield said. “and they seemed to start making everything.”

East Fairmont’s lead was 26-22 entering the fourth, where it held a 20-6 scoring edge to win going away.

Charlie George tallied 10 points and Meghan Dolly added six to lead the Tigers, who dropped to 2-7 overall and 1-4 in league games.

“We’ll move on from this loss and continue to improve,” Duffield said. “This group of girls works hard and strives to win. It’s been a whole new system for them this year and I’ve been proud of the effort and hustle they have shown.”

Elkins will return to action at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Lincoln for a Big 10 makeup game, while East Fairmont will visit St. Johns, Md., on Saturday.