Pritt sparks Tygarts Valley girls past Irish, 56-33

MILL CREEK – Paige Pritt tallied 16 points to lead Class A, No. 9 Tygarts Valley to a 56-33 victory over Notre Dame on Thursday night.

“I felt we played well,” Bulldogs coach Mike DiPasquale said. “We established ourselves early and got into our game plan. We played a lot of people tonight. I felt we were a little out of shape from not playing for so long, but it was good to get back on the court. We shot well from the foul line. We’ve still got to get better at making layups. Overall, it was a good prep for this weekend.”

As a team, Tygarts Valley was 22-of-29 from the charity stripe, with Pritt hitting all seven of her attempts from the line.

Aside from 16 points, Pritt also grabbed nine rebounds. Kelsey Arbogast added 11 points. Emily Pingley had 10 rebounds and six points.

Francesca Steel paced the Fighting Irish with 12 points. Rachel Rogers added eight points.

Tygarts Valley will return to action on Saturday to face the loser of Gilmer County versus Pocahontas County in the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament. Tipoff is at 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s High School.

Bridgeport 56, Elkins 22

BRIDGEPORT – Stephanie Alvaro scored 13 points to lead Bridgeport past Elkins, 56-22, in Big 10 Conference action.

“You could tell we hadn’t played for 10 days, and we only got two practices in,” Tigers coach Cathy Duffield said, referring to the halt in games from inclement weather. “Whatever momentum we had as a team is gone. It’s really tough on a team to have a break like that in the middle of the season. We just couldn’t buy a basket tonight.”

Sophomore forward Logan Dudley led the Tigers in scoring with seven points. Meghan Dolly scored six points and Jaycie Saseen added four points.

For the Indians, Quinn Stalnaker scored 11 points and Hope Chalfant added 10 points.

In junior varsity action, Elkins defeated Bridgeport, 39-21.

For the Tigers, Jontasia Sitton scored nine points, Monica Rossi scored eight points and Sara Burky tallied five points.

Freshman Courtney Freeman paced the Indians with six points. Halie Hardman added five points.

Elkins will return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday at Liberty for a Big 10 contest.

Grafton 69, B-U 38

GRAFTON – Hannah Griffith exploded for 28 points to power Grafton past Big 10 Conference rival Buckhannon Upshur.

Bucs coach Tristen Gray said his team was down by five points with 2 minutes to play in the first half, but turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions. He said Grafton capitalized off the turnovers and increased their lead to 11 at halftime.

“Their pressure defense kept us out of rhythm in the second half,” Gray said. “We forced passes that led to turnovers that quickly led to transition points for Grafton.”

Courtney Reed and Megan Wilfong scored 11 points each to lead the Lady Bucs in scoring.

“When we limit our mistakes, we can hang with most teams,” Gray said. “But when we turn it over, we get down on ourselves and the wheels come off.”

B-U will travel to Big 10 Conference foe North Marion at 2:34 p.m. Saturday.

North Marion 75

Philip Barbour 40

RACHEL?- Anna Marie Moscufo fired in 21 points to lead North Marion to the easy Big 10 Conference decision over Philip Barbour on Thursday night.

Noca Singleton added 12 points for the Huskies (13-2, 6-1 Big 10).

Freshman Cassandra Triplett led the Colts (4-10, 4-8) with 10 points.

Philip Barbour will remain on the road at 7:30 p.m. today against Big 10 Conference foe Preston.