Riley, Lewis defeat Tigers for sectional

WESTON – Johnnie Riley fired in 32 points Friday to help Lewis County capture the Class AAA, Region II, Section 2 title with a 70-52 victory over Elkins.

“Our kids fought hard, they just physically handled us in the paint,” Tigers coach John Lawson said. “Johnnie Riley really gave us problems. We fought and battled, but he just dominated inside. It seemed like every time we had a chance to dig and cut into the lead, we couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. It seemed like every time there was a play, it went their way.”

Tyler Shreve and Colby Gainer paced the Tigers offense with 17 points each. Senior Logan Phillips was held to six points.

For the Minutemen, Mark Moran chipped in 13 points and Joe Nichols added 10 points.

Elkins (12-11) will travel to Washington (22-0) for a 7 p.m. tipoff Tuesday in a regional final, while Lewis County (17-5) will host Hedgesville (17-5) at 7 p.m. on the same evening.

Pendleton 55

East Hardy 48

FRANKLIN – Evan Arrington tallied a double-double Friday to lift Pendleton County over East Hardy, 55-48, in the Class A, Region II, Section 2 semi-final round. The Wildcats (17-5) will face Moorefield at 7 p.m. today for the sectional championship at Petersburg High School.

“For four quarters, we did not play the fundamentally sound ball that we’ve been playing all year,” PCHS coach Ryan Lambert said. “It finally caught up with us. It was a close game. The East Hardy kids played with a lot of heart. Down the stretch, we just executed on a few more plays and made a few more free throws. That’s what helped us win.”

Arrington scored a game-high 21 points and pull down 12 rebounds. Dylan Dunkle and Cody Lambert chipped in seven points each.

“I hope this serves as a wake-up call for my guys,” Lambert said. “We’ve got to get ready for the sectional championship. We can’t play like we did tonight and expect to win. Hopefully this will help them get their heads right and ready to play.”

Michael Miller paced the Cougars with 17 points. Tim Hahn and Ricky Robinson added nine points each.

Moorefield 55, Pocahontas 42

MOOREFIELD – Three Yellow Jackets reached double digits in scoring Friday to push Moorefield past Pocahontas County, 55-42, in the Class A, Region II, Section 2 semi-final round.

Moorefield (9-12) will face Pendleton County (17-5) at 7 p.m. today for the sectional championship at Petersburg High School.

“I thought we gave a great defensive effort,” MHS coach Pat McGregor said. “We didn’t allow any of their scorers to reach double figures. Rebounding was also a big key, especially in the fourth quarter. It helped us win. We also shot 48 percent from the field, so we were getting good shot selections.”

Aaron Cole scored 17 points to lead Moorefield. Junior guard Tyler Smith chipped in 14 points and six assists.

Austin Williams nailed four 3-pointers and a free throw to tally 13 points. Dakota Vetter controlled the boards, grabbing 11 rebounds.

Corey Robinson led the Warriors with nine points.